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Jaguar’s business was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, originally making motorcycle sidecars before developing bodies for passenger cars. Under the ownership of S. S. Cars Limited the business extended to complete cars made in association with Standard Motor Co many bearing Jaguar as a model name.

The company’s name was changed from S. S. Cars to Jaguar Cars in 1945. A merger with the British Motor Corporation followed in 1966,[8] the resulting enlarged company now being renamed as British Motor Holdings (BMH), which in 1968 merged with Leyland Motor Corporation and became British Leyland, itself to be nationalised in 1975.

Jaguar cars today are designed in Jaguar Land Rover’s engineering centres at the Whitley plant in Coventry and at their Gaydon site in Warwickshire, and are manufactured in Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich assembly plant in Birmingham with some manufacturing expected to take place in the Solihull plant.

Two of the proudest moments in Jaguar’s long history in motor sport involved winning the Le Mans 24 hours race, firstly in 1951 and again in 1953.

Victory at the 1955 Le Mans was overshadowed by it being the occasion of the worst motorsport accident in history. Later in the hands of the Scottish racing team Ecurie Ecosse two more wins were added in 1956 and 1957.

Jaguar-symbol-4In spite of such a performance orientation, it was always Lyons’ intention to build the business by producing world-class sporting saloons in larger numbers than the sports car market could support.

Jaguar secured financial stability and a reputation for excellence with a series of elegantly styled luxury saloons that included the 3 litre and 3½ litre cars, the Mark VII, VIII, and IX, the compact Mark I and 2, and the XJ6 and XJ12. All were deemed very good values, with comfortable rides, good handling, high performance, and great style.

Combined with the trend-setting XK 120, XK 140, and XK 150 series of sports car, and nonpareil E-Type,[citation needed] Jaguar’s elan as a prestige motorcar manufacturer had few rivals. The company’s post-War achievements are remarkable, considering both the shortages that drove Britain (the Ministry of Supply still allocated raw materials) and the state of metallurgical development of the era.

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The classic Jaguar logo that has become a symbol of the British car maker is a jumping feline above the company’s name. It gives the impression of strength, speed and relentlessness.

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Jaguar Lightweight E-Type One of our regular readers Gill Lucas is one of the lucky few who lives in a world where cars and photography collide and he happens to always get stuck right there in the middle. I really do feel bad (like never). It just so happens a few weeks ago Stratstone UK unveiled their ownership of …

1951 Jaguar XK120 Martial Oblin Coupe   In Detail submitted by Richard Owen engine Inline-6 displacement 3442 cc / 210.0 in³ bore 83 mm / 3.27 in stroke 106 mm / 4.17 in compression 8.0:1 power 119.3 kw / 160.0 bhp @ 5200 rpm specific output 46.48 bhp per litre bhp/weight bhp per tonne front …

1951 Jaguar XK120 LT2 Silverstone Jaguar was keen to race their new XK120, so much so the factory produced several lightweight versions named LT1, LT2, & LT3. The first of these was an aluminum-bodied car, however the second was made of much more exotic magnesium. Called the LT2 or Silverstone, this magnesium model was distinguished …

1951 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupé In 1951 Jaguar extended the XK120 to include a closed coupe. It was much more luxurious than the Open Two Seater with a full wood dashboard and roll-up windows. 1951 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupé Gallery Auction Sales History 1953 Jaguar XK120 Fixed Head Coupé S680774 – sold for …

Jaguar XK120 Drop Head Coupé In 1953, Jaguar added a proper convertible to the XK120 range. It joined the ‘Open Two Seater’ roadster and ‘Fixed Head Coupé’ to become the third variation on the theme. Like the coupe it was very high appointed with a full wood dash and roll up windows. 1952 Jaguar XK120 …

1951→1952 Jaguar XK120C C-Type After the sweet success of Jaguar’s hurried XK120, they developed the XK120C, or C-Type, as a endurance racing version. With it, Jaguar embarked on their first racing program aimed at winning the 24 Hours of LeMans outright. On its first attempt and only six weeks after completion, Peter Walker and Peter …

1951 Jaguar XK120C C-Type Gallery At the 1951 LeMans race, three C-Types made their debut and faced stiff factory-backed competition from Talbot, Aston Martin and Ferrari. During the race, two entries retired including the team of Stirling Moss and Jack Fairman who set a record average pace of 105.2 mph. With the only remaining C-Type, …

Jaguar XK120 Alloy Roadster With its French curves, 120 mph performance and a price tag of £988, the XK120 was Jaguar’s most important roadster. In 1948 it set a new standard of post-war performance which progressed into a comprehensive motor sports campaign and won the 24 Hours of Le Mans five times in seven years. …

2006 Jaguar XK Jaguar is proud to announce a new era in its sports car lineage – the 2006 XK which is all-new. It delivers improvements in performance, dynamics, safety, exterior and interior design and equipment, and product quality. A major key to the all-new XK’s character is Jaguar’s industry-leading aluminum monocoque body structure, introduced …

1988 Jaguar XJR-S After winning the 1984 European Touring Car Championship at the wheel of an XJ-S, Tom Walkinshaw of TWR was commissioned to give the road-going XJR a performance makeover. In 1988 the factory made an official model incorporating Walkinshaw’s enhancements. His company JaguarSport (or TWR), was already producing body and suspension kits for …

1988 Jaguar XJR-9LM In 1988, Jaguar won the 24 Hours of Le Mans with an entry of five XJR-9 cars. The winning car, driven by Jan Lammers, Johnny Dumfries and Andy Wallace, completed 394 laps and covered a distance of 3313 (5332.79km). This followed Jaguar’s earlier victory at Le Mans when the the winning D-type …

1983→1985 Jaguar XJR-7 For the 1985 season, Bob Tulius and Group 44 racing modified their XJR IMSA contender with a Kevlar-reinforced chassis and updated aero. Two cars driven the teams of Redman / Haywood and Tullius / Robinson were always in contention but didn’t score a first overall until the season closer at the 3 …

1983→1985 Jaguar XJR-5 This XJR-5 epitomizes everything that is best about American racing design, construction and preparation combined with the best of British international racing heritage and pedigree from Jaguar. It was campaigned in IMSA Championship by the best drivers such as Brian Redman and built by Bob Tullius’ Group 44 racing. Bob Tullius had …

1990 Jaguar XJR-15 Built for a new series called the Intercontinental Challenge, the XJR-15 was a limited-production supercar built by Jaguar Sport, a partnership of Jaguar and TWR. The design was loosely based off the XJR Group-C cars which TWR manufactured for Jaguar. Thus, it retained the XJR-8’s 6-liter engine and basic chassis layout. A …

2002 Jaguar XJR 100 Jaguar is marking the centenary of the company’s creator, Sir William Lyons, with limited edition of its XJR performance saloon. All examples are coated in Metalic Black and outfitted with Type R components. In Detail engine Supercharged AJ-V8 valvetrain DOHC 4 Valves Cyl displacement 3996 cc / 243.9 in³ bore 86 …

2010 Jaguar XJL Supersport Following the XF design theme, the XJ is completely restyled with the same styling from the 2007 Jaguar CX-F Concept. It shares the XF’s range of direct gasoline injection engines, as well as its supercharged V8 producing 510 bhp. New to the range are plasma screen ‘Virtual Instruments’ and a 20-speaker …

2014 Jaguar XJ L Supersport XJ Supersport is a combination of sheer power and crafted luxury. It features the 5.0 litre V8 510PS Supercharged petrol engine, delivering 0-60mph in 4.7 seconds. No wonder awestruck reviewers say XJ Supersport is a car to drive, not be chauffeured in. XJ Supersport still delivers on luxury and passenger …

2010 Jaguar XJ75 Platinum Concept Pebble Beach, CA, August 14, 2010 – As part of the year long celebration of Jaguar’s 75th anniversary the Jaguar design team has created the XJ75 Platinum Concept, a one-of-a-kind design project on display at the Pebble Beach Concours D’Elegance Concept Car Lawn this weekend . The XJ75 Platinum Concept …

The much-maligned Jaguar XJ220 is 20 years old, and has lost none of its appeal. Andrew Frankel, who road tested the car when it was first launched, takes a look back at one of Jaguar’s finest moments.

One of our writers Jonty was loaned an XJ220 to bring to our season opening Secret Meet. We documented his first drive in the car as he gets to know the car. With 640bhp on tap, thankfully it was a warm and dry day.

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