I think this thread indicates a major reason (amongst others) why many XK
enthusiasts (who want to drive their cars) prefer XK140 to XK120 - maintains
the same fundamental appearance, but has plenty of room for a 6 ft (and
Similar with the first 3.8 E-types - there was a reason why Jaguar modified
floor-wells and ability to move seat further rearwards, despite Lofty
demonstrating how easy it was to get in and out.
Last weekend I (183cm - 93kg) got to have a sit in an XJR15 (a road version,
not race version - about 50/50 of only 52 made) - but not a drive
Hellishly difficult to get into, harder still to get out, but once in -
everything worked/fitted perfectly. Supposedly designed around race driver
Martin Brundell, but still like to see if Lofty could have got in/out.
XK140MC OTS; 4.2E OTS; DaimlerSV8
From: firstname.lastname@example.org [mailto:email@example.com] On Behalf Of
Sent: 24 November, 2015 09:54
Subject: [xk] XK120 tall driver tips
I am also 6 ft. and find my XK120 uncomfortable as well. I pity the guys
that are taller than me with these cars.
I have done all of the things previously mentioned by other listers to
make it more comfortable. 16" steering wheel (actually 15 3/8 as Mike
Balch mentioned), wedges under the seat slides, tilting the seats back, and
Bassett trick pedals. I can go for a couple hours but then have to
extricate myself from the car and stretch out.
One thing that hasn’t been mentioned is how to get into the car. Back in.
Don’t try to stick a leg in there first and somehow get in. You can hurt
yourself that way.
Back in, duck your head under the hood frame if it is up, and then rotate,
dragging both legs under the steering wheel. Wear small shoes/sneakers as
And for me the most comfortable driving position is with the window down
and my left arm resting on the top of the door with both hands on the
On long drives, I have a small inflatable pillow that I wedge between my
right leg and the tranny tunnel for support.