The Jagiar XK 120 is named for its top speed of 120 miles per hour, and they were in production from 1948 to 1954 and were available with both a standard roof or as a convertible. For the first two years of production, the XK 120 was wood framed, but they were shifted to all steel in 1950.
James Bond's XK 120
Bond specifies that his XK 120 was midnight blue in color, but that is all that is given for its physical description. Given that the novel takes place in 1950, Bond could have owned either the 1948, 1949, or 1950 year of the car, and they came in both standard and convertible varieties.
The XK 120 was an impulse buy that Bond instantly regretted. Although it was the fastest production car available at the time, and reached its promised 120 miles per hour, he disliked what he considered to be sluggish handling, and the noise it made when it moved forward from a full stop.
- While Bond claims to have purchased the Jaguar at the London Motor Show, the novel Forever and a Day is set in 1950, and the London Motor Show did not exist until 1977. It is possible that author Anthony Horowitz intended to refer to the British International Motor Show, which had their first show in London in 1908.