Conceived as a low-volume model, the XK120 Roaster proved considerably more popular than expected, with the result that the expensive-to-produce, ahs-framed alloy coachwork was replaced by steel after 240 cars had been completed, though, as with this car presented, the bonnet (hood) , doors, and boot lid (trunk lid) remain aluminum.

This car’s heart was, of course, is the fabulous XK engine. Conceived in wartime, the 3.4 litre โ€œsixโ€ embodied the best of modern design, boasting twin overhead camshafts running in an aluminum-alloy cylinder head, seven main bearings and a maximum output of 160bhp. When installed in the lightweight XK120, the result was a car with a phenomenal power-to-weight ratio and blistering performance.

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Location: Plumsteadville, Pennsylvania, United States