The big cats.
Jaguar has made a lifetime of turning out great sports cars. William Lyons began
the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922 in Blackpool where TVRs are made today.
The Jaguar Marque began in 1945, as the company's earlier logo of SS didn't
sound too good after WWII. They produced XKs and E types, and I have a couple
of their great V-12 Coupes from the mid 1970s that I use as Inn Cars to shuttle
guests around. Just got a XK-120 Coupe which, with the roadster I want, start
off this group followed by the XKEs.
JAGUAR XK-120 FH COUPE
The 120s were the first of the true Jag sports
cars, first produced in 1948. They were called 120s as that was their
top speed. They were modeled after ealier race cars, and like all the
XK models were sensational. This is the fixed head coupe version. Engine
is an in-line six with dual SUs and the earliest twin overhead cam head.
3442cc and about 150 bhp. Like my MGA Coupe, real roll-up windows. Graceful.
JAGUAR XKE CONVERTIBLE
First of the Series 2 cars. A 4.2 liter in-line
6 cylinder turning out 250 bhp and a top speed of 150 mph or maybe a tad
better. The roadster version of the E-type Jags were just so flowing and
graceful. This is not only a classic, but a real beauty. Larger than stock
tires fill out the wheel wells a tad.
JAGUAR XKE COUPE
Series 2 cars. A 4.2 liter in-line 6 cylinder
turning out 250 horsepower. Always think of these as sports cars, but
they were built as luxury cars. Heavy, stable, solid feeling with a huge
engine to move the whole thing along. All original. It has only had a
little over 1000 miles logged in the past 20 years. And the A/C still
works just fine. A really good road car.
JAGUAR XJS COUPE
A stretched out GT tourer made from 1975
through 1981. Same 60 degree V12 as the XJ12, same 5.4 liters but 285
bhp and a top speed of over 150 mph. Bonnet is about as long or longer
than the E types. Just looks like it wants to get going. Fuel injection
soled a lot of the problems found in earlier 12s. Also another of the
JAGUAR XJ12 COUPE
Only made from 1975 to 1977, the 2-door coupe
was probably one of the best looking touring car made by Jaguar. Vinyl
top, no center pillar and the big V12 engine. 5.4 liters turning out some
240 bhp and a top speed of 135 mph. Best is there is a back seat so it
can be used as one of the Inn cars to pick up or drop off guests at the