We are writing the year 1948, the war has been over for three years. One of the biggest car fairs of the post-war era, the London Motor Show on Earls Court is about to reopen. The show is scheduled for October 27. The Jaguar car manufacturer faces a dilemma. The newly developed 6 cylinder in-line engine XK as well as the chassis have been completed in time, but the body, which is manufactured by the company Pressed Steel, is missing. These three main components are part of a newly developed and fast travel limousine, the Mark VII. Jaguar expects a better deal from the limousine division and wants to introduce the new car at the Motor Show. As it becomes increasingly apparent that the timetable cannot be kept, an emergency solution is being found. Sir William Lyons, founder and master of Jaguar Cars Ltd., has the finished chassis of the MK VII shortened by 18 inches in order to achieve the right wheel distance for a sports car. He designs a matching, elegant open two-seater body on his own. Together with Fred Gardner, his man for practical implementation, he converts this into reality in Foleshill at the back of his work. The venture is only frighteningly short before the fair. This emergency solution will be produced in a small edition of about 200 vehicles to serve potential customers of the London Motor Show and to bridge the time for the introduction of the new MK VII. As you know, however, things are always different from what you think. The new Roadster strikes like a bomb and the orders are so numerous that it more than doubles the target number, not least because of the good price-performance ratio. It was then decided to produce the roadster in series. The Jaguar XK120 was born.