Robb Design Portfolio: Fixed Head Turner

The Jaguar XK120 was a stellar sports car—perhaps the most advanced of its era. Powered by a dohc, straight-six engine that was a Jaguar hallmark for a half century, the vehicle could exceed the elusive 120 mph tick on the speedometer (thus, the numeric portion of its name). The fluid shape of the 1948 XK120 roadster, the model’s first iteration, was the design of Sir William Lyons. By the 1951 model year, a fixed head coupe version had joined the roadster; this brilliant red example is from 1952.
 
The aerodynamic form of the FHC recalls the prewar Bugatti Atalante coupe in profile, but the overall design is more contemporary and unlike that of any other car of its time. Jaguar improved upon the XK120’s performance with subsequent models—the XK140 and XK150—but neither is as elementally satisfying to admire as the original.

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Limited to 50 examples, the supercar features design details found on McLaren’s 1995 Le Mans–...
The global program will feature top models from Ferrari, McLaren, Porsche, and Lamborghini…
Cadillac hopes to take on its Germans competitors with its first modern full-size flagship…
Photo by Mercedes-Benz USA
The new cars expand the marque’s C-Class offerings…
The daylong event will include exhibitions, rides, and live entertainment…
A hand-embroidered silk interior, ruby-set dials, and mother-of-pearl paint set this Phantom apart...
Photo by David Dewhurst Photography
The all-new design is aimed at the hip crowd, but loyalists may balk…
Photo by 2014 Infiniti
The QX50’s size increase promises a roomy ride for passengers…
Photo by Barry Hathaway
Robb Report takes a ride and speaks with the actor, whose passion for motorcycles fueled the fire...