Classic Car Catalogue

Jaguar 1951

Mark V - discontinued
Mark VII - new model
Type XK 120
Type C - new model

Great Britain

Nowy model Mk VII (nie było Mk VI) ma silnik R6 o poj. 3,5 l. o mocy 160 KM pochodzący ze sportowego XK 120. Rozstaw osi 305 cm, a długość 499 cm.
Zaprezentowano wersję XK 120 Fixed Head Coupé , a ponadto opracowano samochód wyczynowy XK 120 C (C - competition) znany jako Jaguar C. 210 KM i maksymalna prędkość 260 km/h w powiązaniu z niezawodnością zapewniły mu pierwsze zwycięstwo w wyścigu Le Mans. Kolejny sukces w tej imprezie i pobicie rekordu prędkości na dystansie 10 tys. km sprawiły, że o Jaguarach zrobiło się głośno.

Jaguar Mark VII Saloon was announced in October 1950 and feature entirely new bodywork with full-width styling, bolder curves and a flowing tail. Although this four-door model have a very similar chassis to the Mark V (discontinued in July 1951 ) it is very much a 'saloon equivalent' to the XK120. The exciting XK120 engine (twincarburettor, twin-OHC, 3442-cc, 160-bhp) give it a top speed of over 100 mph. A sliding roof is a standard. Well appointed interior; the instrument panel and cappings are finished in figured walnut. It is priced at £1590.
The sensational 3 ½ -litre-engined open XK120 Sports model, which had been announced in October 1948, was joined by a fixed-head Coupé version in March 1951. The all-metal top has a considerable window area, yet only increased the weight of the car by 168 lb. Total enclosure of the passenger compartment made it possible to provide a more luxurious interior than on the Sports version.
Jaguar XK120C known as the C-type Jaguar, this is a limited-production version for competition work. The fully tuned 3 ½ -litre engine have a 9:1 compression ratio and an output of 210 bhp; an 8:1 compression ratio version of 200 bhp is optionally available. The body is fitted to a tubular metal framework instead of the laminated ash frame used on the road car. This model won the 1951 Le Mans 24-hour race; the wheel was shared by Peter Whitehead and Peter Walker.


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'')


Mark VII

Mk VII (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 160 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')


XK 120

XK 120 (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 160 bhp; wb: 8' 6'')
 Fixed Head Coupé - new model


XK 120 C

"C" type (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc)


XK 120 C   3.441 cc      

1st Tourist Trophy     Moss
2nd Tourist Trophy     Walker
1st 24h Le Mans #20 XK 120 C Walker/Whitehead
3rd Rudge Withworth Cup #20 XK 120 C Walker/Whitehead
3rd RMC   XK 120 Vard/Young
1st Liege-Rome-Liege     Claes
1st Rajdzie Alpejskim   XK 120 Appleyard
1st Rajdzie R.A.C.   XK 120 Appleyard
Entries and results:
  24h Le Mans (23.06.1951) Entrant: Results:
        gen. class perf.ind.
#20 XK 120 C Walker / Whitehead Jaguar 1st 1st - 3001-5000 3rd
#21 XK 120 Lawrie / Waller Jaguar 11th 6th - 3001-5000 24th
#22 XK 120 C Moss / Fairman Jaguar fail. - -
#23 XK 120 C Biondetti Johnson / Biondetti Biondetti fail. - -

Jaguar C-Type #XKC002 (Stirling Moss / Jack Fairman) na torze w Le Mans.

24 Hours Le Mans : Peter Whitehead, Jaguar XK120 C-Type (#XKC003/153RW).

Stirling Moss takes the XK 120C Jaguar round the sharp hairpin on the Dundrod circuit in the course of winning the 1951 T.T. at 83.55 m.p.h. Following the Le Mans victory this stamps the XK 120C as the outstanding British high performance car of the year.