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Jaguar XK 120 Roadster

Jaguar XK 120 in Marple: Sleeping Murder, Movie made for TV, 2006 IMDB

Class: Cars, Convertible — Model origin: UK

Jaguar XK 120 Roadster

[*][*] Minor action vehicle or used in only a short scene

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stronghold EN

2007-06-18 11:08

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rpcm PT

2007-06-18 16:47

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It's a Roadster.

Sunbar UK

2007-06-18 20:35

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Roadster is generally a US term for the convertible.

In the UK the XK120 was advertised by Jaguar in their UK brochures as follows.

"XK 120 Drop Head Coupe", sometimes abbreviated "XK 120 DHC", for the convertible or for the closed two-seater "XK 120 Fixed Head Coupe" or "XK 120 FHC".

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source http://www.jag-lovers.org/brochures

DynaMike NL

2007-06-18 21:33

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But there is a difference between roadster and drophead coupÚ, the DHC having a really closing softtop and real side windows, whereas the roadster has just a simple 'auxiliary' soft top. I'd agree with Rpcm that this is a roadster (cf the shape of the door and the windshield).

antp BE

2007-06-18 23:03

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I agree too, with that shape of doors it is the Roadster and not the DHC.

Sunbar UK

2007-06-18 23:09

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DynaMike, I understand your distinction between the earlier cars with removable sidescreens. However "Roadster" is definitely not a typically British description for a car of this age.

In all the Jaguar brochures available the only model names used are "open two-seater sports" for the earlier XK120 or "drop head coupe" for the later XK120, but XK120 Roadster is a very "American" description and would not have been used in the UK during the 1940s or 1950s.

rpcm PT

2007-06-18 23:15

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The XK120 roadster and the XK120 d.h.c. are two different models. The XK120 was introduced in roadster form in September 1948 with an aluminium body and in April 1950 it changed to a steel body that remained in production until September 1954. The XK120 d.h.c. was introduced in April 1953 and was produced along with the roadster until September 1954. The distinguishing features of the XK120 d.h.c. are the painted windscreen pillars ( that are part of the body ), the doors with quarterlights, the wind-up windows and the exterior door handles.
For all these reasons, I maintain this is a Jaguar XK120 roadster and, from what we can see in these pics, it's not possible to date it.

antp BE

2007-06-18 23:21

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On Wikipedia they call it OTS (for Open Two Seater)
But as we used Roadster for all others, I suppose that it is better to continue with that name (else if all others have to be renamed, just tell me ;))

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rpcm PT

2007-06-18 23:27

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Some sources call it open two-seater and others roadster. I suppose both designations are commonly accepted.

DynaMike NL

2007-06-18 23:27

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I don't have that much info from british origine, but in "Thoroughbred & Classic Cars" (April 1995) I found a comparing test of the XK 140 DHC and XK 140 Roadster...

Sunbar UK

2007-06-19 15:19

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antp wrote On Wikipedia they call it OTS (for Open Two Seater)
But as we used Roadster for all others, I suppose that it is better to continue with that name (else if all others have to be renamed, just tell me ;))


antp for the sake of simplicity I'm happy I guess to stay with 'Roadster' ;) No problem.

The Roadster name was probably only used in the UK by Triumph in the late 1940s for their 1800 Roadster. Otherwise to me the name Roadster is a little like the difference between Sedan and Saloon.

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