Classic Car Catalogue

Jaguar 1949

1,5 Litre – discontinued
2,5 Litre – discontinued
3,5 Litre – discontinued
Mk V – new model
XK 120 – new model

Great Britain

XK 120 to roadster z 6 cylindrowym silnikiem 3,4l. o mocy 160 KM. Według zapewnień firmy ma on osiągać prędkość 120 mil na godzinę...

Jaguar Mark V models, Saloon and Drophead Coupé, were introduced in October 1948. They are available with 2 ½ - and 3 ½ -Litre engines.
The 1½-Litre model was discontinued in March 1949, and the old style 2½- and 3½-Litre Saloons were kept in production until October.
Jaguar XK 120 a brand new and sensational Sports Two-Seater, hit the automotive world like a bombshell. It have a new twin-OHC 3½ litre 160-bhp six-cylinder engine, extremely fast and yet sufficiently docile for ordinary motoring. On a stretch of the Brussels-Ostend motorway near Jabbeke, an XK120 was officially timed at over 132 mph, the only non-standard fitment being an undershield. An American journal, Californian Autonews, wrote: 'it is typically British that Jaguar never claimed more than 120 mph for this car'. Jaguar XK120 is uniquely and beautifully fully styled, based in part on ideas from Piet Olyslager, who was also responsible for the French Lago Talbots and others of the same era. The car is intended for a limited production run.

The years which have passed since the introduction of the fist Jaguar have seen such growth in its reputation that today the name of Jaguar is held in the highest esteem throughout the entire world. In the Mark V and XK Jaguars described herein there will be found not only all those qualities which have placed Jaguar in the forefront of high performance cars, but many new advances in design which still further enhance Jaguar's high reputation.
Each of its many new features has been developed only after years of patient research and stringent tests commenced, in many cases, in the years before the war. Thus, the new independent front suspension, the new frame, the new hydraulic brakes and the new transmission system have not been hurriedly designed merely to keep abreast of a trend, but have undergone long and ardous trial under the worst possible conditons until perfection has been assured.
In the newly introduced XK series twin overhead camshaft engines (fitted only to the Super-Sports 2-seater), all compromise in design has been eliminated, for incorporated in each engine is all the most advanced technical knowledge available to-day on naturally aspirated petrol engines. An indication of the efficiency of the Jaguar XK engine will be found in the fact that a 2-litre Jaguar XK engine was used by Lt. Col. Goldie Gardner in 1948 when he broke three world speed reCords for unsupercharged cars of 2-litre capacity at a speed of 176.6 m.p.h. with his specially constructed lightweight car running on methanol. Except for the fitting of high compression pistons and a magneto, the engine was of entirely standard construction. Further proof of the high efficiency of the XK engine was provided on the 30th of May, 1949, when an entirely standard production 3& Litre Model running on pump petrol attained a speed of 132.6 m.p.h. under the official observation of the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium. This speed is the highest ever reCorded by a standard production car.
In appearance and finish no less than in performance Jaguar occupies a leading place amongst fine cars, for in the graceful flowing lines of every model there will be found the dignity and perfect taste which critics the world over have declared to be inherent characteristics of Jaguar design. The Mark V and XK are indeed, brilliant successors to a long line of distinguished forernners.


Mark V

2½ Litre (6 cyl, ohv, 2663 cc, 102 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')
3½ Litre (6 cyl, ohv, 3485 cc, 125 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')
 Drophed Coupé


Type XK

XK 100 (4 cyl, 2 ohc, 1970 cc, 105 bhp; wb: 8' 6'') - discontinued
XK 120 (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 160 bhp; wb: 8' 6'')

...i osiągnął! 30 maja 1949 całkowicie standardowy, 3½ litrowy Jaguar XK 120 Sports Two-Seater, osiągnął prędkość 132,6 mil na godzinę (213 km/godz) na Jabbecke-Aeltre Road w Belgii. Szybkość została oficjalnie zmierzona przez Royal Automobile Club of Belgium i jest najlepszym wynikiem uzyskanym przez seryjny samochód.

Jaguar XK120s in standard and modified form took part in numerous sporting events. This picture shows the 1949 Silverstone race winner in full swing, hotly pursued by another XK and a Healey.



1,5 Litre – discontinued
2,5 Litre – discontinued
3,5 Litre – discontinued