Jaguar's series of XK sports cars used the
remarkable twin overhead camshaft engine that was first exposed to the
public in 1948 in the new XK120 two-seater, which took the motoring
world by storm. For 1954 the XK120 was replaced by the mildly restyled
XK140 model, with an increase in power, optional overdrive and a roomier
cockpit. It was replaced in 1957 by the XK150. With disc brakes on all
wheels, the option of engines up to 265bhp and a completely new body,
the XK150 was an extremely competent performance car with more than a
touch of glamour.
This book opens with an exposition of the background to the introduction
of the XK140, a key model because the XK120 was such a hard act to
follow. Then comes a full technical analysis of the new car, covering
all aspects of the chassis, running gear, engine and transmission. This
sets the scene for the coverage of the XK150.
Major production changes during the evolution of the two models are
recorded, and production and sales worldwide are analyzed in depth. The
author also provides information on prototypes and special-bodied cars.
The book opens with an introduction of the XK140.
Then comes a technical analysis of the new car. This sets the scene for
the coverage of the XK150. Production changes are recorded, and
production and sales are analyzed in depth. Six outstanding examples of
XK140s and 150s are featured in specially commissioned color
photography, accompanied by some 250 photographs from the archives of
the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and reproductions of XK sales and