Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120

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The Motor magazine road-tested an XK120 roadster in 1949. With hood and sidescreens in place, it achieved a top speed of 124.6 mph (200.5 km/h), accelerated from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 10.0 seconds and consumed fuel at the rate of 19.8 miles per imperial gallon (14.3 L/100 km; 16.5 mpg-US). The car as tested cost £1263 including taxes.

In May 1949, Jaguar demonstrated an XK120 roadster to the press on the high-speed autoroute between Jabbeke and Aeltre in Belgium. The road was closed for the occasion. The white left-hand drive car, chassis number 670002, was the second XK120 built. Jaguar's development engineer Walter Hassan was to have driven but fell ill, so Jaguar test-driver Ron "Soapy" Sutton substituted for him. With hood and sidescreens erected, and the airflow under the car improved by the addition of a full-length aluminium undertray, the Jaguar was timed through the flying mile by the Royal Automobile Club of Belgium at 126.448 mph (203.498 km/h). With hood, sidescreens and windscreen removed, a metal airflow deflector fitted in front of the driver, and a tonneau cover fastened over the passenger side of the cockpit the speed improved to 136.596 mph (219.830 km/h), making the XK120 the world's fastest production car.

In 1952 an XK120 averaged 100.31 mph (161.43 km/h) for 7 days and 7 nights at Montlhéry circuit near Paris. It was a fixed-head coupé driven by Johnson, Moss, Hadley and Jack Fairman. William Lyons, mindful of the considerable kudos and advertising mileage that had already accrued from Johnson's exploits, commandeered a brand new XK120 FHC for him: bronze-coloured, and fitted with wire wheels, it was Jaguar chief engineer William Heynes personal car, the second right-hand drive coupé made.

I love this one. Of course it is a Jaguar and will always be a favourite for that reason, but this toy is just stunning. At the risk of repeating myself, the Dinkies of this period are just so tactile.

Dinky made the car from 1954 to 1962, there are a huge number of variations in colour, box type and wheel style. It has also been picked up by Atlas Editions for their rebooted Dinky Toys range.

Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Cerise Over Sky Blue, Cerise Painted Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Cerise Over Sky Blue, Cerise Painted Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Dark Sage Green, Fawn Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Grey Over Yellow Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Red, Red Painted Hubs

Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Cerise Over Sky Blue, Cerise Painted Hubs

Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Cerise Over Sky Blue, Cerise Painted Hubs

Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Dark Sage Green, Fawn Hubs Atlas Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Grey Over Yellow Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Red, Red Painted Hubs
Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Red, Spun Hubs Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Yellow, Yellow Painted Hubs      

Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Red, Spun Hubs

Dinky Toys 157; Jaguar XK120; Yellow, Yellow Painted Hubs

     

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