Been doing an immense amount of reading on all things Jaguar
almost exclusively before 1950. Haven’t reached the point of
seeing it all, but definitely starting to see information on the
history and the photographs start to overlap.
A couple of things struck me. One was the lack on any type of
sportscar after the introduction of the SS100. I understand there
was a little thing called the War, which no doubt put these
frivolous things on the back burner.
I just never realized that the SS100’s production was so short
nor did I realize that the XK120 production was as many years after
the SS’s, and that it was a longshot that it was produced.
Years back I just thought the car was built into the late 40's
until it was replaced with the XK.
IF the last SS100 was made in 1937-8 then 12 years without a
sportscar in the lineup was a surprise to me. Couple that with
Jaguar making it’s foray into the American market as a then
fledging company without a sportscar is astonishing.
The XK120 was built as a piece of ‘‘eye candy’’ to draw the masses
to the Jaguar booth at the auto show an originally not intended for
Initially there had been talk of a four-cylinder variant cale
the XK100, I still have some literature that Jaguar released on
this to the periodicals of the era.
It makes me wonder if Jaguar was planning foregoing future
sportscar design and taking the car more upscale and competing with
The other thing that was surprising is the number of four-
cylinder SS’s and Jaguars that were produced before the XK arrived.
The production numbers for the four are much higher than I
expected. Never realized they sold as many.
Sort of the same on the numbers for the small sedans of the 50-
60’s, as more 2.4’s were sold than the 3.4 and 3.8 combined.
Later, Bob Lovell--
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