Gallery: the fastest production cars ever
From Jag XK120 and Miura to Venom, meet the quickest road cars in history
Posted: 26 Feb 2014
1949 Jaguar XK120 - 124.6mph
As British as the Empire, and nearly as powerful, the XK120 began life as a concept in the 1948 London motor show. This petite convertible was used to show off Jag's double overhead cam straight six cylinder engine, a powerplant that wasn't phased out till 1992.
After letting Prince Bira of Siam (now Thailand) have a drive in the 1949 Silverstone Production Car Race, Jaguar loaned its mildly spiced version to The Motor magazine. It reported a top speed of 124.6mph, 0-60 mph in 10.0 seconds, and fuel consumption of 19.8mpg. In an age when your dishwasher had a name. And ears.
The XK120 was also, as TG proved, faster than a motorbike, a train, and a Clarkson.