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XK120 Final Chassis No.s

XK120 Final Chassis No.s

John: Thanks for the corrections on the XK120 final chassis numbers.
Incidentally my source was CJA, not JCNA. So you actually got into the
factory and rummaged around in their records?? Amazing! I wish I could have
gone along with you. Sounds like a fascinating way to spend a day. Now for
the really hard question. Are you confident enough to claim your figures
are the absolute authority, like what I was getting at about JDHT? If so,
maybe we ought to ask Dick to put them on the webpage. Here's a revised
table. Any more corrections?
 - Rob Reilly

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XK120 chassis numbers ran as follows:
OTS RHD alloy body_____660001 to 660058____'48 to '50
OTS RHD steel body_____660059 to 661175____'50 to '54
OTS LHD alloy body_____670001 to 670184____'48 to '50
OTS LHD steel body_____670185 to 676438____'50 to '54
FHC RHD________________669001 to 669195____'51 to '54
FHC LHD________________679001 to 681485____'51 to '54
DHC RHD________________667001 to 667294____'53 to '54
DHC LHD________________677001 to 678472____'53 to '54
Above numbers based on a search of the factory records by John Elmgreen.
Engine numbers ran from W1001 to W9999 and then from F1001 to F4249. This
is based on the highest engine no. found in the factory records. 188 of
these were spare engines.

Body numbers ran as follows:
OTS .... F1001 to approximately F8613
FHC .... J1001 to approximately J3680
DHC .... P1001 to approximately P2766

Surprisingly, the body number does not differentiate between RHD or LHD,
though with the holes for pedals and steering column, one would think that
it should have. Exceptions: 660010 was sent to the experimental dept as a
chassis only, apparently never got a body, and 670172 was the prototype
steel body, thus explaining why there were 242 chassis in the alloy series,
but JW and other sources report only 240 alloy bodies. 660741, 660917 and
one other chassis received lightweight bodies numbered LT1, LT2, & LT3. One
or two other chassis may have gone to specialist coachbuilders without
bodies. Boyce reports there are slight discrepancies between factory
chassis records and factory delivery records.
Ref: "Jaguar XK Series" by Jeremy Boyce; "Jaguar XK " by Paul Skilleter;
"XK120 Register" by Classic Jaguar Assn.; "Jaguar World" Jan '95

Rob: I have reviewed the figures and compiled them as below. I have added
some further details. Dick: I am happy to have these put on the web site.
XK120 chassis numbers ran as follows:

OTS - total 7611 cars (see notes 1-5)
OTS RHD alloy body_____660001 to 660058____'48 to '50 Total:  57
OTS RHD steel body_____660059 to 661176____'50 to '54 Total:1069 +   47 SE
OTS LHD alloy body_____670001 to 670184____'48 to '50 Total: 183
OTS LHD steel body_____670185 to 676438____'50 to '54 Total:4049 + 2206 SE

FHC - total 2678 cars (see note 6)
FHC RHD________________669001 to 669195____'51 to '54 Total: 137 +  58 SE
FHC LHD________________679001 to 681485____'51 to '54 Total:1730 + 753 SE

DHC -  total 1767 cars
DHC RHD________________667001 to 667295____'53 to '54 Total: 261 +  34 SE
DHC LHD________________677001 to 678472____'53 to '54 Total: 763 + 709 SE

Total XK120s - 12,056

Notes:
1.   660010 was sent to the experimental dept as a chassis only. Excluded
     from the count.
2.   670172 was the prototype steel body.
3.   Notes 1 and 2 explain why there appear to have been 242 chassis
     whereas there were only 240 alloy cars, body numbers F1001-F1240.
4.   660750 chassis only sent to Shorters, New Zealand, excluded from the
     total.
5.   660751 chassis only sent to Jaguar Car Distributors, Belgium, excluded
     from the total.
6.   681241 and 681242 FHC chassis numbers were not used.

Engine numbers ran from W1001 to W9999 and then from F1001 apparently to
F4249, being the highest number found in factory or engine plant records.
This means that there were apparently 188 spare XK120 engines made, seven
of which were fitted to XK140 cars (F prefixes).  Engine numbers did not
distinguish body styles, nor was there a separate sequence for Special
Equipment cars (S prefixes).

Body numbers ran serially as follows, without distinguishing RHD from LHD cars:
OTS alloy - F1001 to F1240
OTS steel - F1241 to approximately F8611
FHC - J1001 to approximately J3678
DHC - P1001 to approximately P2767

The above information is based on searches of original factory chassis
records (i.e. not secondary records) at Jaguar Cars Ltd,  Coventry by John
Elmgreen.  Correspondence gladly entered into if you think I have made a
typo or added up incorrectly, but otherwise only if you have personally
inspected original factory records and can suggest corrections quoting
relevant chassis numbers. - Regards, John Elmgreen

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