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

type Record Car
built at Coventry, England
production 1
engine Cast Iron, Inline-6
position Front Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
valvetrain DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Twin SU H6 Carburettors
displacement 3442 cc / 210.0 in³
bore 83 mm / 3.27 in
stroke 106 mm / 4.17 in
compression 7.0:1
power 119.3 kw / 160.0 bhp @ 5000 rpm
specific output 46.48 bhp per litre
torque 264.38 nm / 195 ft lbs @ 2500 rpm
body / frame Steel Body over Steel Frame
front tires 6.00×16
rear tires 6.00×16
front brakes Girling Hydraulic Drums
rear brakes Girling Hydraulic Drums
steering Re-circulating Ball
f suspension Double Wishbones w/Torsion Bar, Telescopic Shock Absorbers
r suspension Live Axle w/Half Elliptic Springs, Girling Hydrualic Shock Absorbers
wheelbase 2591 mm / 102 in
front track 1295 mm / 51 in
rear track 1270 mm / 50 in
length 4394 mm / 173.0 in
width 1562 mm / 61.5 in
height 1245 mm / 49 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual
top speed ~279.97 kph / 174 mph