XE LONG WHEELBASE RELEASED IN CHINA

Ample legroom for passengers sitting in the back is still a huge deal in China where a multitude of sedans are being offered with an extended wheelbase. Other body styles have received the LWB treatment as BMW is selling a stretched X1 crossover while Volkswagen has an elongated Touran minivan. Not to be outdone by its rivals, Jaguar launched last year the XFL and now it has taken the virtual wraps off the smaller XEL.

Created to bridge the gap between the standard XE compact sedan and the midsize XF, the new XEL carries over the design of regular version. You can tell it has been stretched by checking out the bigger rear doors as a result of a extending the wheelbase by 10 centimeters (3.9 inches), which now measures a generous 2.93 meters (115.3 in.) or slightly shorter than the XF’s 2.96 meters (116.5 in.)

It will have to put up a good fight against segment competitors such as the Audi A4L, BMW 3Li, and the Mercedes C-Class L. Like those three rivals, the new Jaguar XEL will be produced in China to cater the local market. The Chery Jaguar Land Rover joint venture will be in charge of assembly and will fit inside the engine bay a turbocharged 2.0-liter gasoline engine offered with 200 and 250 horsepower.

To make the most of the longer body, the XEL tailored to the People’s Republic will feature a large panoramic roof. Additional details are not available at this point, but the roomier sedan might receive a rear-seat entertainment system with a pair of tablets as well as other goodies to further distance itself from the standard XE without stepping on the XF’s toes.

Jaguar could bring the new XEL to the 15th Guangzhou Motor Show scheduled to take place beginning with November 17thuntil the 26th.

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TESLA’S ELON MUSK REVEALS HIS E-TYPE IS HIS ‘FIRST LOVE’

The iconic billionaire founder and CEO of electric vehicle powerhouse Tesla, Elon Musk, reveals he owns two cars that run on gasoline.

Musk has a Ford Model T, which a friend gave him, and a Jaguar Series 1 E-Type Roadster, he says, via Twitter.

 Apparently referring to the Jaguar Roadster, Musk calls the car his “first love.”
In an interview with Forbes (conducted while driving in a convertible), Musk says he bought the Jaguar early on in his career because he fancied the car in a book of classic convertibles he got when he was 17.

“I looked through them all and the one I liked the best was the E-Type Jaguar and I said, well, if I can ever afford it, that is the car I am going to get. And so that’s why I bought it.”

The car, he admits, was a headache.

“That was like a bad girlfriend — it kept breaking down on me and caused me all sorts of trouble,” says Musk. “In fact, it broke down on the way back from the dealer.”

But he didn’t give up on it. When he got a $40,000 bonus from a venture capitalist who invested in him early on, he spent $35,000 of it on the car.

The car shown here is not Musk’s though.

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KOUGAR V12 – WORLD’S WILDEST FOR SALE COMING EDITION

If you are looking for the ultimate performance car, and totally road legal – we might have the machine for you in our next one.

Yes, we are late with the one for personal reasons, but are off to the printer on Monday with this former cover car Kougar being offered for sale.

It has a 5.3 litre hand-built V12 engine and six Weber carburettors, Jaguar four speed gear box – with wheels, brakes and suspension to suit the performance!

It was fully hand finished and modified at Mike Roddy Motors in Melbourne, and is superbly detailed with a spun aluminium dash, beautiful carpets and upgraded XJ-S seats.

More information and pics will appear in the ads – plus contact details for the seller.

It could be the car of your dreams too.

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VALE: CARL LINDNER

It is with considerable regret that we have to relay the news of the death of Carl Linder in the Barossa Valley outside Adelaide.

Carl was many things to many people – a champion Aussie Rules footballer, builder, developer, winery owner of major importance, a massive promoter of the Barossa – and a deep lover of Jaguar cars.

Carl acquired a very large number of Jaguars, including four significant S.S.1s, while also building beautiful replica C and D-Types.

He and Matthew Wiesner, MD of Jaguar Land Rover Australia, and also born in South Australia, met last Christmas and spoke of working together on projects to utilise Jaguars and Barossa assets into the future.

Carl is on the left in the group image, with Matthew second on the right.

Carl had battled cancer for a number of years, and lived way past what was predicted – but he was a determined man!  He was 73 when he died on Sunday.

He will be deeply missed, and we send his family and friends our very deepest sympathies on their loss.

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50 SOMETHING YEARS LATER IT COMES HOME

Alan Hannah is a keen Jaguar owner and racer in Brisbane.  On hearing about his passion another a friend showed him a trophy he had brought out from England – having bought it at a charity fete.

Thoughtfully, he gave the trophy to Alan, and Alan’s research showed that while it was won at Goodwood by famous Lightweight E-Type period race Peter Lumsden  – it was the last race and trophy won by his Lightweight!

The famous car in question is specially streamlined 49 FXN, and today it is owned and raced by Adam Linderman.  It is the first Low Drag E-Type built, and with Alan Hannah attending the Revival in 2017 he contacted Adam to tell him about the trophy he owned.  It reads:  ‘Goodwood, 3rd April 1965, First Place, PJS Lumsen, Jaguar E, 93.5 mph’.

Well, the good news is that the pair met at the Revival – and the trophy was handed over to owner Adam Linderman.  It has now been reunited with the car for the first time in 52 years!

Nice.

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