1959 US OWNER OF D-TYPE XKD603 – WHO WAS JAMES MUNRO?

As an important addition to our most recent post, which highlights the superb ex-works and Ecurie Ecosse D-Type, XKD603, neither I nor the owner, Clive Beecham, know anything about the American who bought the car from Ecurie Ecosse late in 1959 – as the 1957 Le Mans winner!

In fact, it was second, but nothing seems to have happened about that piece of deceit by Ecurie Ecosse head, David Murray.

Munro owned and beautifully looked after the car and all of its paperwork and parts, until 1973 when the car returned to the UK.

We don’t know where Mr Munro and the car lived, if he is still around – or anything at all about him.

I would be thrilled if anyone knows of him or remembers the car when he owned it.

It is seen here in its very last race which was at Goodwood.  It is being driven by the twice Ecurie Ecosse D-Type Le Mans winner Ron Flockhart.  The date is September 5, 1959.

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THE BEST D-TYPE IN EXISTENCE – IT’S OUR NEXT COVER STORY

It is good reveal that the cover feature of our first edition of 2018 stars XKD603 – the 1956 works and Ecurie Ecosse Long Nose D-Type which ran in four consecutive Le Mans classics, and finished second behind its sister car there in 1957.

It only ever raced as a factory entry or a factory-prepared (for Le Mans) Ecurie Ecosse car.

It is one of only six genuine Long Nose D-Types to survive of the 11 built, and remarkably is totally original having spent many years in the US, and now back in the UK.

This is a rare opportunity, and privilege to be able to the publish the hallowed history built into a car like this one – and it has NEVER been messed with!

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NEXT XJ TO BE SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL TOO

We could see the company’s new flagship in 2019.

There are a lot of rumors surrounding the XJ, Jaguar’s flagship model. Some sources claim it will morph into an electric crossover, while others believe it will get the bullet because it persistently struggles to keep up with its German rivals. The answer lies somewhere in between.

“We’ve gone through a lot of debate on the XJ and come up with something quite special. I won’t say when it’s coming but it’s not next year,” Ian Callum, Jaguar’s design director, told British magazine Car in a recent interview.

He declined to go into more specific details. We still don’t know whether the XJ (pictured) will continue to offer powerful gasoline-burning engine and a traditional three-box body style. However, he noted the project is nearly signed off, meaning we’ll soon see test mules criss-crossing the globe.

Callum also talked about what the future holds for Jaguar in terms of electrification. The skateboard-like platform designed to underpin the upcoming I-Pace is modular, but he can’t see the brand building a sports car on it.

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WISHING YOU A HAPPY 2018

This is a message from us with has nothing to do with Jaguar, or this magazine.

I, and for hard working team, are wishing you and yours a very happy and enjoyable personal new year.

2018 promises much for Jaguar – but Jaguar is looking after itself and doing a good job about it.

Instead, this message is to you.  We hope your health, your wealth, and most importantly, your family, thrive in the year ahead.

Good luck to us all

Les. Hughes

 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS AND HAPPY NEW YEAR FROM US AT JAGUAR MAGAZINE

 
It is that wonderful time again when we can look forward to relaxing and spending quality time with family and friends.
 
That could mean Christmas on the beach or in the snow – it doesn’t matter because we send our best thoughts to everyone.
 
We also wish you a wonderful 2018, and in Jaguar terms we know it is going to very exciting.
 
Enjoy it all and in all the good ways you want to.