Full Throttle: 1953 Jaguar XK120 roadster

Full Throttle: 1953 Jaguar XK120 roadster

CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - Classic cars can be like time machines. This Full Throttle story takes you back to post world war two and a car that would do something many thought impossible.

Mike Buchanan has always loved English cars and still remembers the day, as a kid, he saw a old Jaguar sitting outside a church in Sikeston.

"I didn't even know what it was," Mike said.  "It was neat car and I guess it stayed with me."

Mike's wife is the love of his life, but his 1953 Jaguar XK120 is his love of his garage. It's car he says will never be sold.

"It had been in one family for 50 years and the price was right at the time," Mike said. "And I will probably have it til I'm too old and feeble to drive it anymore."

The XK120 came in three models: a couple, a drop head convertible and Mike's, an open two-seater roadster. Mike says classic cars like his Jaguar are meant to be driven. 

"The fun is driving it," he said. It's a nice car to look at but driving it is the fun. My wife and I have taken it on a couple of long trips and it's never let me down on the road."

It's a blast to drive, has a great exhaust note and back in 1953, the Jaguar XK120 was a modern marvel. A car that Jaguar proved would do over a 120 miles an hour, an amazing feat at the time.

Today, it's a rare sight on the road among modern vehicles. An all original car that may not growl like new but still purrs like a classic Jag.

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