Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupé (1952) at the Louwman Museum in The Hague (Holland)
Jaguar is the luxury vehicle brand of Jaguar Land Rover, a British multinational car manufacturer with its headquarters in Whitley, Coventry, England. Jaguar Cars was the company that was responsible for the production of Jaguar cars until its operations were fully merged with those of Land Rover to form Jaguar Land Rover on 1 January 2013. The coupé version of the Jaguar XK120 is considered by many to be one of the most beautiful sports cars of all time. In its time it was the fastest production car in the world. The model designation "120" denotes '120 miles per hour' (about 193 km/h), but in 1949 the roadster version of the Jaguar XK120 was clocked at almost 220 km/h (136 mph) on a closed stretch of motorway near Jabbeke in Belgium. The Fixed Head Coupé on display in the museum is unrestored and carries its original Dutch registration plates. The metallic blue paint is original. The XK120 was originally intended as a test and show model for the new Jaguar 3.4-litre six-cylinder, so only a few examples were due to be built. However, when it was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show so much interest was shown that Jaguar put the car into quantity production. Two open versions were built initially, a roadster and 'Drophead Coupé', of which the open top is not retracted into the body. The Fixed Head Coupé was introduced in 1951. Some 2700 examples of this model were built, of which only 195 had right hand drive as most of the Jaguars were meant for export.
The Louwman Museum in The Hague, the Netherlands, features one of the most impressive private car collections in the world. Several hundred cars are on show to teach you all about car history. The Louwman Museum offers a wide collection that includes everything from antique and classic cars to Formula 1 racing cars and hybrids. Since 1934, two generations of the Louwman family have assembled a unique collection of cars. The present Louwman Museum was designed to display the collection to the public. It was festively opened in 2010. The collection leads you from horse and wagon to the first self-propelled vehicles. It also takes you past the luxury cars from the end of the 19th century, post-war "affordable cars" and the first racing cars. Some of the Louwman Museum's highlights include unique specimens such as the boat-car, the beach-car and the swan-car as well as famous cars such as James Bond's Aston Martin from the film Goldfinger and the customised Cadillac Fleetwood of Elvis Presley.