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Major stories include:

The world’s most original Long Nose D-Type – and it was second at Le Mans!

Owning a V12 XJ-C

Driving Jaguar’s first 4 cylinder sports car – the F-Type

Exploring the incredible but untold life of Alfred Momo – the engineer behind Briggs Cunningham – and New York Jaguar dealer

John Crawford – Jaguar’s US PR Vice President – the man who saved Jaguar

Driving a ‘MkIV’ to Royal Windsor and meeting Prince Edward

… and much more

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Jaguar Classic is re-starting production of the iconic D-type race car in Coventry, 62 years after the last example was built in 1956. The first Jaguar D-type to be assembled by Jaguar Classic, an engineering prototype, will make its world debut at the Salon Retromobile show in Paris this week.

Just 25 new examples of the D-type will be meticulously hand-built at Jaguar Land Rover Classic Works in Warwickshire. In 1955 Jaguar planned to build 100 D-types. With only 75 completed, Jaguar Classic is now fulfilling the company’s original ambition by creating 25 all-new, period-correct sports cars.

The D-type, which won the Le Mans 24 Hours race three times between 1955 and 1957, was powered by the six-cylinder XK engine. Every aspect of the D-types built for clients from 2018 will be created to authentic, original specification.

Tim Hannig, Jaguar Land Rover Classic Director, said: “The Jaguar D-type is one of the most iconic and beautiful competition cars of all time, with an outstanding record in the world’s toughest motor races. And it’s just as spectacular today.

“The opportunity to continue the D-type’s success story, by completing its planned production run in Coventry, is one of those once-in-a-lifetime projects that our world-class experts at Jaguar Land Rover Classic are proud to fulfil.”

The D-type is the third continuation vehicle from Jaguar Classic, complementing the six missing Lightweight E-types completed in 2014-15 and nine XKSSs built in 2017-18.


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E-Type Zero named ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb’ …

Jaguar Land Rover has won two trophies at the GQ Car of the Year Awards. The luxurious and capable new Range Rover Velar won the ‘Climb Every Mountain in Luxury Award’, while Jaguar’s zero-emissions E-Type Zero was named as ‘Best Use of Electricity Since the Lightbulb.’

In March 2017, the Range Rover Velar became the first car to ever be launched and displayed at the London Design Museum. Created with balanced proportions and elegant lines, the Velar brings unprecedented glamour and modernity to the Range Rover family, but without losing the famous go-anywhere ability of every Land Rover.

GQ magazine said of the Range Rover Velar: That it can cruise effortlessly through any urban landscape is a given, but when called upon, it can also conquer where mountain goats fear to tread. We love the new Velar.”

Gerry McGovern, Chief Design Officer, Land Rover, said:“Our continued evolution is driven by a relentless focus on creating highly desirable vehicles our customers will love for life. The Range Rover Velar brings a new dimension of modernity to the Range Rover family with an abundance of innovative technologies, all making this vehicle a joy to drive and be driven in. We’re honoured that the arbiters of style at GQ have recognised the tireless endeavours of our designers and engineers who have delivered a vehicle with compelling design, tailored technology and relevant innovation which come together to create a vehicle of instant desirability.”

The Jaguar E-Type Zero is a modern reinvention of Jaguar’s most iconic vehicle, fitted with a new zero emissions, all-electric powertrain. Built by Jaguar Land Rover Classic, the E-type Zero boasts an advanced lithium-ion battery pack with the same weight and dimensions as the original car’s XK six-cylinder engine. Weighing in at around 46kg less than a traditional E-type, the Zero can accelerate from 0-62mph in 5.5 seconds.

Tim Hannig, Director of Jaguar Land Rover Classic, said: E-Type Zero demonstrates Jaguar Land Rover Classic’s commitment to future-proofing classic car ownership. It combines the renowned E-type dynamic experience with enhanced performance through electrification. This unique combination creates a breathtaking driving sensation. We’re delighted that E-type Zero has the approval of the knowledgeable team at British GQ.”

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Jaguar Magazine flew the 24 hour haul to England in 2000 (at our expense) for Jaguar’s F1 launch at Lord Cricket Ground in  London, and next day we went to Silverstone for a shakedown of its new F1 cars.

Unfortunately, the weather was freezing and ice on the track prevented running.

However, we hung in for many hours hoping, and one of the images our editor took that day was of Jackie Stewart’s new Daimler sandwiched between the Jaguar F1 transporters – remembering Ford (Jaguar’s owner then) bought the Stewart F1 team months before.

Now the same Daimler is for sale, and the seller states:  “4.0 Super V8 SUPERCHARGED LWB 4dr Saloon. Presented in Mason’s Black Metallic with contrasting Cream/Beige Leather Interior. This car benefits from every available option due to the fact it was given to Jackie Stewart back in 2001.  It has the Crystal Decanter and two glasses. Heated Electric Memory (Front) and Rear Seats, Electric Sunroof, Climate Control, Satellite Navigation, 4x Electric Windows, Electric Mirrors, Electric Steering Column Adjustment, Multi Function Steering Wheel, Alloy Wheels, Rear Parking Sensors, Tables in rear, Built in Jaguar/Motorola Mobile Phone x2, Cruise Control, 6 CD Changer, Remote Central Locking and more.”

They certainly got the date of first ownership wrong (we took this shot in very early January, 2000), but it is a very special car.

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