The XK series debut in late1948. The body of the car was reminiscent to the 'French Curves' produced by manufacturers such as Bugatti and Delahaye in the 1930's and 1940's. It was designed to be a prestigious vehicle capable of a top speed of 120 (XK120) miles-per-hour. At the time, it was the fastest production car in the world. The car was a touring car, but many were raced.