Magnificent XJ220s on display. Just mind the turn-of-the-90s soundtrack…
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: IMG via Coys ::: 1937 SS100 2 1/2 Liter
HERE’S an interesting bit of trivia: before there was Jaguar there was the Swallow Sidecar Company. Swallow Sidecars were in effect the really deluxe Caterhams or Morgans of their day (1930s). Like Caterhams, the SS roadsters were light (2600 pounds), relatively nimble handlers; ginger in their acceleration (o-62 mph in 13.5 seconds, slightly faster than a Hummer H1). Of course the oft used acronym “SS” as in “SS100″ gained unseemly connotations during the War, hence Sir William Lyons’ decision to rename the Coventry car maker “Jaguar” circa 1945. Posterity has since smiled on his choice, to be sure.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img via eBay ::: 1992 Jaguar XJS V12 Convertible
THERE doesn’t seem to be much middle ground in opinion on Jaguar’s long-toothed XJS. You either love it or hate it. Yours falls neatly into the former category.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img Jaguar Cars ::: Jaguar C-X16
UNVEILED before the unveiling in Frankfurt, the world (or the portion that cares) has had a chance to gauge Jaguar’s new sub-XK hybrid C-X16 sports coupé par excellence. Jumping the P.R. gun as is car makers’ want these days, one wonders the need to rent auto show floorspace at all.
But that’s neither here nor there for this discussion.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img Jaguar ::: Jaguar C-X75
DETERMINED to make the C-X75 “as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” Jaguar and its design director Ian Callum are set to transform what was originally a celebration of 75 years of Jaguar’s most feline car art into a limited production, £700,000 ($1.1 million) reality. History shows that they’ve been here before. Can Jaguar succeed this time round?
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img ADLX ::: Jaguar Mk II
DRIVING through undulating countryside just north of San Diego on a flawless, cloudless, and otherwise mirthful day, yours happened upon this skeleton in some fellow traveler’s backyard. Sun bleached and sunken into the grass, a Jaguar Mk II sits -a nuclear shadow of its righteous former self. From Britain, a once peerless 60s sports saloon par excellence. No telling if the cat’s for sale, but, in an adjacent lot there’s a handwritten sign that reads: “Kittens $30. $35 for some.”
IN 1970, aged 25, Richard Wolf bought himself an XKE convertible. In honor of the E-Type’s 50th anniversary, R.D. tells of the glory and the madness in owning the world’s sexiest roadster.
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img (1987) CAR Magazine via Flickr ::: Road Comparison Test Issue
THUMB through the pictoral mountain that is Flickr and you’ll find an account called “Trigger’s Vintage Road Tests!” It’s awesome. For one thing, “Trigger” posted a 1987 comparison issue from CAR that compared a quartet of 80s luxury rock stars – the BMW 750iL, Bentley Turbo R, Jaguar Sovereign, and Mercedes-Benz 560SEL. Girly squeal! He’s done us auto aficionados a great service. Here’s why:
by Gunnar Heinrich ::: img Jaguar Cars ::: Jaguar XJ Interior
JAGUAR has engineered a fairly remarkable about-face in fortunes since Tata Motors embraced the British icon in 2008. Given that Jaguar was derided as a firmly retro division of Ford’s Premiere Auto Group, bent on serving up lukewarm rehashes of 60s memorabilia, Jag’s now taken a leap – no puns – into the 21st century with truly avant-garde design. With mixed results. The new interior is an iffy case in point.