This beautiful white Jaguar was received in the mail yesterday, and I couldn't wait to get a closer look at it, so here you are! It's got a few nicks, but I like cars like this. Displayable for sure, but it has a story to it, it's not perfect. Every single car in my collection is loose, I just like it better that way.
I'm a Jaguar enthusiast through and through, and the XK120 is one of the best. One of history's greatest cars, no doubt. It was made from 1948-1954, and was Jaguar's first sports car since the SS100.
Jaguar's first sports car, the SS100
The XK120 debuted Jaguar's fantastic new dual overhead cam straight-6. That engine, debuted in 1948, was in use all the way up to 1992! That's how good it was. It has seen use in everything from the original XK120 and XK140, E Type, and even the D Type racer. (Expect a post in the future about the Hot Wheels version of the D Type)
An XK120 at a small car museum in Kentucky
Back to the small scale, the last time this casting was seen was in the Superfast series back in 2008. I never found in unfortunately. However, in 2009, Matchbox released a new XK120 casting! A coupe this time. I think it was better than the original casting.
The coupe made its debut in red as #5 in the 2009 lineup
Then came the lovely Lesney Edition model, in 2009. This one is unique because of its metal chassis
Next up, as #20 in 2010, the Jag is wearing a very interesting pale rose color
My personal favorite, in British Racing Green, is #20 from 2011
The latest release is this pale blue model, #14 from 2013
Now for some comparison pics! The two models display nicely together. The older casting is a bit bigger, but I prefer the coupe. The proportions just look better to my eye.
What do you think? Did Matchbox do it right with the new model? Or is the old one better? Let me know in the comments. Don't forget to like us on Facebook! LA's Diecast Facebook Page