1952 Jaguar XK120 Record Car

1952 Jaguar XK120 Record Car

1952 Jaguar XK120 Record Car

In 1953 Sir William Lyons set out to prove the XK120 was on of the most capable cars by reaching 172.412 mph on the Jabbeke straight in Belgium.

Driver Norman Dewis piloted a modified XK120 with a small perspex bubble windscreen and it won the land speed record for a production car. It became the only Jaguar to hold a land speed record.

As a result of this achievment, a small brass plate was included on the dashboard of the XK120 describing the record run.

Dewis was piloting chassis 660986 registered ‘MDU524’. It was a factory race car which had already competed in the 1952 Alpine Trial before being fitted with its streamlined bodywork. After the record run it was retained by the factory and used at Goodwood, Mallory Park, Silverstone, Crystal Palace and Brands Hatch without its streamlined configuration.

In 2013 an extensive restoration was done to MDU524 by JD Classics for Jaguar collector Jeff Lotman. The 18 month restoration was completed in 18 months to be reunited with Norman Dewis at the 2013 Quail Motorsports Gathering.

1952 Jaguar XK120 Record Car Gallery

In Detail

typeRecord Car
built atCoventry, England
engineCast Iron, Inline-6
positionFront Longitudinal
valvetrainDOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedTwin SU H6 Carburettors
displacement3442 cc / 210.0 in³
bore83 mm / 3.27 in
stroke106 mm / 4.17 in
power119.3 kw / 160.0 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output46.48 bhp per litre
torque264.38 nm / 195 ft lbs @ 2500 rpm
body / frameSteel Body over Steel Frame
front tires6.00×16
rear tires6.00×16
front brakesGirling Hydraulic Drums
rear brakesGirling Hydraulic Drums
steeringRe-circulating Ball
f suspensionDouble Wishbones w/Torsion Bar, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Half Elliptic Springs, Girling Hydrualic Shock Absorbers
wheelbase2591 mm / 102 in
front track1295 mm / 51 in
rear track1270 mm / 50 in
length4394 mm / 173.0 in
width1562 mm / 61.5 in
height1245 mm / 49 in
transmission4-Speed Manual
top speed~279.97 kph / 174 mph