Nashville Tennessee Chapter of the Jaguar Clubs of North America

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: What size engine was installed in the first XK120s?
A: 3.4L developing 160 bhp with an 8:1 compression ratio, capable of reaching a top speed of 132mph.


Q: What company produced the SS100 from 1936-1940?
A: SS Cars Ltd of Coventry England. The '100' was so named to reflect the theoretical 100 mph maximum speed of the vehicle.
In common with many products of the thirties, the adoption of an animal name was deemed appropriate, and once approved by Sir William Lyons the name "Jaguar" was given to a new saloon car in 1936, and from that point to all the cars.
Following the Second World War, because of the Nazi connotations then attached to the initials "SS", the company was renamed Jaguar in 1945.