Jaguar celebrates XK120 with F-Type Chequered Flag special edition

70 years have passed since the launch of Jaguar’s first sports car

Seven full decades have passed since the debut of Jaguar's first true sports car, the XK120. The British manufacturer celebrates the moment through a special edition trim called Chequered Flag, available exclusively for the F-Type — in both coupé and convertible flavor.

Made to stand out without being too "in-your-face," the Chequered Flag trim plays the contrast game using a selection of body colors highlighted using dark accents.

You can choose between the Caldera Red, Fuji White, and Carpathian Grey hues, and you get as standard the Black Contrast Roof (for the Coupé) along with the 20-inch wheels "in Gloss Black with Diamond Turned finish." 

The interior is adorned in Ebony Windsor Leather with Red or Cirrus contrast stitching. The Performance seats (which can be enhanced with heating and cooling functionality) feature the Chequered Flag logo embossed in the headrests. The same branding can be found on the steering wheel as well. The center console's aluminum trim gets a Dark Brush finish. 

The Chequered Flag edition is available for the four- and six-cylinder engine choices. Jaguar F-Type's entry-level unit is a 2.0-liter turbocharged four-pot, good for 300 PS (220 kW) and 400 Nm (295 lb-ft). The 3.0-liter V6 comes in two states: 340 PS (250 kW), 450 Nm (332 lb-ft) of torque, and 380 PS (280 kW), 460 Nm (340 lb-ft) of torque. All engines are matched to eight-speed transmissions, and the most powerful V6 can be ordered in four-wheel-drive guise. 

Launched during the 1948 Earls Court Auto Show, XK120 is considered to be Jaguar's first true sports car. It boasted a 120-mph (200 km/h) top speed, thus making it the world's fastest road car at the time. 

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