Jaguar XK140/150 In Detail

Jaguar XK140/150 In Detail
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Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781906133078
Series: In Detail
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Jaguar’s series of XK sports cars used the remarkable twin overhead camshaft engine that was first exposed to the public in 1948 in the new XK120 two-seater, which took the motoring world by storm. For 1954 the XK120 was replaced by the mildly restyled XK140 model, with an increase in power, optional overdrive and a roomier cockpit. It was replaced in 1957 by the XK150. With disc brakes on all wheels, the option of engines up to 265bhp and a completely new body, the XK150 was an extremely competent performance car with more than a touch of glamour. This book opens with an exposition of the background to the introduction of the XK140, a key model because the XK120 was such a hard act to follow. Then comes a full technical analysis of the new car, covering all aspects of the chassis, running gear, engine and transmission. This sets the scene for the coverage of the XK150. Major production changes during the evolution of the two models are recorded, and production and sales worldwide are analyzed in depth. The author also provides information on prototypes and special-bodied cars.

The author

Anders Ditlev Clausager was born in Denmark in 1949. He came to London in 1974 to study automotive design at the Royal College of Art and obtained his master’s degree in 1976. He spent a brief period with Volkswagen, where he designed the second-generation Polo, but came back to England in 1978, working for British Leyland at Longbridge. In 1979, he became archivist to BL Heritage, subsequently the British Motor Industry Heritage Trust, and in 2000 moved to the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust where he was chief archivist until 2012. In 2000 he completed a master’s degree in history at the University of Warwick. He has written or co-authored 20 books on a variety of mostly British cars, including Austin, Austin-Healey, Jaguar, MG, Mini, and Sunbeam-Talbot, but also Porsche and Volvo. He was one of four authors of the award-winning Britain’s Motor Industry The First Hundred Years. He has contributed to various magazines, and to The Guardian. Anders is well known as a motoring historian. He was a founder member of the Classic Vehicle Clubs’ Committee, which later became the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, and for several years served on the dating committee of the Veteran Car Club. Since 2009 he has been Secretary of the Society of Automotive Historians in Britain, while he is also a trustee of the Michael Sedgwick Memorial Trust, and a member of the Advisory Council of the National Motor Museum at Beaulieu. He has twice received the Bradley Distinguished Service Award from the American Society of Automotive Historians. He maintains an active interest in many aspects of motoring history and is usually busy with one or more projects. He lives in Birmingham with his husband David and has only recently and reluctantly given up riding a BMW after 40 years as a motorcyclist.

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Format: Hardback, 192 Pages
ISBN: 9781906133078
Illustrations: 100 color & 200+ b-w ill
Size: 8.5 in x 11 in x 1 in / 215.9 mm x 279.4 mm x 25.4 mm
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