History of Jaguar
Jaguar’s business was founded in 1922. The original purpose of the company was to make motorcycle sidecars. Back then, the company was known as the Swallow Sidecar Company. Under the management of S.S. Cars Limited.
The first appearance of Jaguar can be traced back to 1935 when they released their SS 2 ½ litre sport saloon. This was the first four-door car offered by SS Company. The car came with a new overhead valve engine – a six-cylinder powerplant producing100 hp. The 2 ½ could go as fast as 86mph and it was remained in production until 1948 with a total of 6777 units manufactured.
Jaguar 2 ½ Litre
Parallel to the Jaguar 2 ½ Litre, came the Jaguar 3 ½ Litre, introduced to the publin in 1938. The 3 ½ Litre model was essentially the same as the 2 ½ LItre, when it comes to look. However, under the bonnet was a larger 3.5 L engine that can produce 125bhp.
In 1948, Jaguar introduced its legendary XK120 model, which was the first post-war sports car since the SS 100 model production ceased in 1939. The XK120 was originally presented as an open two-seater. The “120” was actually a reference to the car’s 120 mph top speed which made it the world’s fastest production car at the time. XK120 featured a dual overhead-cam 3.4 L straight six XK engine, with 160 hp.
In 1955 came the Jaguar XK140, the successor of the XK120 model. As with the XK120, the XK140 was also a 2-seater, but it had some styling differences such as more substantial bumpers and a flashing turn signal. Furthermore, the interior was improved so that it could accommodate taller drivers by moving forward the engine, firewall and dash. The XK140 was also powered by the XK 3.4 L straight-6 engine but with an increased output to 190 hp. In 1960 the XK140 became the first ever Jaguar that featured automatic transmission.
The Jaguar XK150 succeed the XK140 and was originally offered both as a fixed head coupe and drophead coupe. The model was announced in May 1957 and had similarities with the previous models, however, there were some differences too. Mainly in the form of a single one-piece windscreen (instead of the split screen) and wider bonnet. The 3.4 litre DOHC straight-6 engine was similar to the XK140’s, but a new “B” type cylinder head raised power to 180 horsepower.In 1960 the 220 hp 3.8 litre engine, also fitted to the full-sized luxury Mark IX saloon, became available. It was tuned to produce up to 265 hp in S models and propel an XK150 to 135 mph and from 0–60 mph in around 7.0 seconds. .
Jaguar E-Type or known as Jaguar XKE, was a sports car manufactured between 1961 and 1975. It combined both jaw-dropping good looks and high-end performance. It was considered as an icon of the motoring world with Enzo Ferrari calling the best-looking car ever made. The E-Type claimed a150-mph top speed and acceleration from 0 to 60mph under 7 seconds. The series I E-Type was introduced in March 1961 had a 3.8 litreDOHC 6-cylinder XK6 engine. Further on, the 3.8 litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres. Autocar road tested an E-Type 4.2 fixed head coupé in May 1965 andthey summarized, “In its 4.2 guise the E-Type is a fast car (the fastest we have ever tested) and offers just about the easiest way to travel quickly by road.”.
Today the historic British marque is own by India’s Tata Motors has manufactured luxury sports cars, sedans, and SUVs.
Our Previously Sold Jaguars
1937 Jaguar SS100SOLD
1951 Jaguar XK120SOLD
1959 Jaguar XK150 SSOLD
1960 Jaguar MKII 3.8SOLD
1968 Jaguar E-TypeSOLD
1974 Jaguar XKESOLD