After the War, the British car industry was in ruins and in desperate need of a good export product. Jaguar as a luxury car company was particularly affected and needed to sell in America. But what better way to do it than to make a fantastic sports car that would draw the attention of their U.S. customers?
They named it the XK 120, and it was one of Jaguar’s quintessential sports cars as well as one of the fastest models of the decade. They introduced it in 1948 with powerful straight-six engines, a sleek streamlined body and a top speed of 120 mph; hence, the name. The rest was history since not only did the Jaguar sell well, but it also inspired the production of the E Type.