When most people think of Jaguar they think of a dark green racing car driving through the British countryside on a rare sunny summer’s day. And the most common classic Jag that would come to mind would be the Jaguar E-Type which has long been a popular collectable sports car.
The E-Type also known as the Jaguar XK-E, was released in 1961 and was in production until 1974. The question is can Jaguar create another iconic car in the Jaguar F-Type? It has an uphill battle as the Jaguar E-Type was an iconic British car, but early reports suggest that Jaguar seem to have developed a modern sports car tor rival its success.
The company has fewer British ties than in previous decades as it is now owned by Tata Motors, located in India. Tata motors have owned Jaguar since the 2nd June 2008 when it was sold to them by Ford for £1.7 billion.
Since the sale of Jaguar to Tata Motors, the marque has shifted away from the traditional looking British car creating a more modern looking, attractive car. When Ford owned Jaguar they stuck with history, and cars like the Jaguar S-Type looked chunky and traditional – targeting an older clientele. The current models: the F-Type, XF, XJ, XK and XF Sportbrake and including all the R model versions of these cars have progressed the external styling in comparison to past models such as the S-Type and X-type Jaguars.
Although Jaguar has improved its model range and car styling in recent years, how do they compare with the classic Jaguars of the past? As mentioned previously the E-type is the most famous of the classic Jaguar cars but the Jaguar XK120, XK140 and XK150 were all fantastic looking cars. Sometimes it’s easy to forget just how many iconic cars one brand once produced. The Jaguar XK 120 C is a particularly memorable classic Jaguar as the car was finished just in time for the Le Mans race in 1951 and went on to win the race on its debut.
With more than a passing resemblance to the Jaguar E-Type, the D-Type was a beautiful car and is considered a cult classic. The car was highly successfully in the Le Mans 24-hour race, going on to finish in five of the top six places taken in 1957. The long bonnet of the D-Type was continued for the E-Type Jaguar and was a highly attractive feature. The XJ-S in comparison lost the beautiful curves that made the car such a sort after classic by adding lines and angles to what was a beautiful design.
Second-hand Jaguar cars are widely available, from classics to more modern second hand vehicles available through dealers such as H.A Fox Jaguar. The classic cars available online vary from the extremely expensive to a more reasonable price – depending on the vehicle. And there is little doubt that the current crop of models will yield a few classics in future years.
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