Jaguar Roadster 1956
The roadster version of the XKSS from Jaguar featured a sporty white finish with red interiors. With the 25 left-over pieces of the high performance Jaguar D-Type race cars in its kitty, Jaguar decided to transform them into saleable on-road sports cars. Titled the XK120, the 1956 edition of Roadster was available in three body styles. The first one was a 2-seater with detachable windshield and hood. The second variant was a Drop Head Coupe with fixed windshield, attached hood and 2+2 seating capacity. The third called a Fixed Head Coupe had 2+2 seating arrangement and only wind up windows. The model, initially showcased at the 1954 Motor show, it introduced multiple safety as well as drivability features, such as the rack and pinion steering instead of the age old recirculating ball attachment system, and telescopic dampers in place of lever arm dampers. It had more chrome fittings and badges as compared to the previous Jaguar models, with special chrome strips running along the center of the hood and trunk. The newer radiator grill was manufactured out of die cast metal. The usual winged rear fin was done away with for a smoother and cleaner look, while the twin seats had a canvas hood attached to the topless convertible chassis. The engine power-plant was a raging naturally aspirated Dual Overhead camshaft, 3.4 Liter (3442 cc), MK I straiaght-6 cylinder engine capable of producing 280 Horsepower. The transmission was a 4-speed manual gearbox that could reach a top speed of 165 MPH. The automobile could easily manage accelerating from 0 to 60 MPH under 7.3 seconds. Deceleration was achieved by the 4-wheel disc brakes assembly as against the standard norm of using drum brakes. The production of XKSS or the Roadster, as it came to be formidably known as, came to halt due to the entire assembly line factory being lost to a fire breakout.