Today a very special Jaguar thing happened.
Derek Sager, who drove the first E-Type in Africa, and whose father was the Rhodesian Jaguar distributor, met Southern Rhodesia-born long time owner of a former Southern Rhodesia E-Type and rode in the car too – all in north Brisbane, Australia!
It was the first time Derek had been in an E-Type since 1962 – and Roy has owned the car for many years.
Lots of stories were exchanged. It is all coming up in detail.
Britain’s Business Secretary Greg Clark has awarded over £100m of Government funding to projects, including one by Jaguar Land Rover, that will help develop the next generation of driverless and low-carbon vehicles, as part of the Government’s Plan for Britain.
Jaguar Land Rover, which has its engine manufacturing base at i54 near Coven, Penso Consulting and Westfield Sportscars are leading three projects that will receive £19.2 m worth of grants from the latest round of funding from the Advanced Propulsion Centre (APC), the joint industry-Government programme to put the UK at the forefront of low carbon vehicle technology.
The cutting edge projects cover a wide range of new innovations which will help the UK to become a global leader in low-emissions technology.
Projects include a collaboration between Jaguar Land Rover, technology companies and universities to develop new lightweight vehicle technology.
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The first Mk2 in Australia to take on the might of the factory-built ‘Mk1’s was the red car owned and raced by colourful Sydney car dealer Ron Hodgson.
Hodgson sold his first works Mk1 to race the Mk2 and twice he finished third in the Australian Touring Car Championship driving it (1960/61).
He won at Warwick Farm and had podium placings at Bathurst and other circuits of the time.
The car has been missing (but known of) for many years, and was in the midst of being restored by is long time owner, and original mechanic, when he died.
The family is now offering it for sale with work still needed to finish this truly historic racing Jaguar. It is totally complete though with original trim and electrics yet to go back.
This one is not to be confused with another car Hodgson built up as a replica shortly before he died.
If you would like to enquire about it, please drop me a note here or at firstname.lastname@example.org
While the 1960s may be remembered by many as the glory days of car design, we often forget it was also an incredible time to be a car dealer. Manufacturers worked on a personal level with dealerships and importers and, in a practice completely alien in today’s automotive retail landscape, would even build cars on a dealer’s request. The most notable example would have to be the Porsche 356 Speedster, built on the request of a US importer Max Hoffman who believed there was a market for such a vehicle, but there were countless other commissions from dealers worldwide, resulting in some weird and wonderful cars.
This 1966 Jaguar FT is the outcome of such a commissioning by Italian Jaguar importers Tarchini. Choosing Carrozzeria Bertone as coachbuilder, the brief was to drop a gorgeous four-seater coupé body on a Jaguar saloon, retaining Jaguar’s trademark luxury while also injecting some Italian style to the restrained and dignified British barge, which would then be sold as a limited edition. Thanks to the recent departure of a well-known designer, the Tarchinis would see their vision put to paper by a new member of the Bertone team, a 28-year-old by the name of Marcello Gandini…
After Giorgetto Giugiaro made his move to Carrozzeria Ghia, Gandini began one of his first designs for Bertone, the Tarchini commission. The chosen underpinnings were that of the new 420 saloon, and a freshly clothed example — christened the FT, in honour of Tarchini Founder Ferruccio Tarchini — was displayed on the Bertone stand at the 1966 Geneva Motor Show. From here, however, things did not quite go to plan. Despite aspirations of the FT being a limited edition with a decent production run, just two FTs ended up seeing production, the Geneva show car and this example.
Looking at the design in 2017, on the sun-soaked tarmac around Marseille, it’s easy to see the Jaguar design cues in the FT — a bit harder to see the pen strokes of Gandini in the boxy body. For a designer that went on to create such automotive iconography as the Lancia Stratos and Lamborghini Miura, the FT may seem somewhat subdued, which was perhaps part of the brief, yet it’s still undeniably quirky, as with most of Gandini’s work. The Mark X-esque grille and quad headlight arrangement up front may help those guessing what on earth is in their rearview mirror, but from the back, it’s even harder to identify this Anglo-Italian oddity.
Best of both worlds
The interior is a harmonious mix of English decadence and Italian flair, with plush seating and delicate toggle switches holding court with the wooden dash and steering wheel, which, coupled with the expansive windows, no doubt made this a special place to watch the world go by for the chosen few. With an XK-derived 4.2 six-cylinder engine and manual gearbox with overdrive under the bonnet, the FT’s driving characteristics were even less divisive than it’s looks.
Supplied to Italy in ‘CKD’ form — which was short for ‘Completely Knocked Down’, a common practice where cars were shipped in pieces and assembled upon arrival — this example was fitted with Gandini’s body in 1966, before heading to its wealthy owner in Madrid. The car was then forgotten, a recurring theme for the FT, and discovered in a corner of an old garage by its second owner. Having since been repainted in its original Emerald Green, the interior has been left untouched and goes some way to show the incredible life this car has led.
Whether you take issue with the looks or hold a soft spot for this strange survivor, the Jaguar FT is undeniably a memorable motorcar and serves as a marker for the start of the Gandini story. What’s more, with this year’s Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance featuring a ‘Jaguar Custom Coachwork’ category, this FT is destined to divide opinion for years to come…
Like Range Rover Classic’s Reborn, which debuted at Rétromobile earlier this year, the Series 1 E-type Reborn is completely faithful to the original, built to factory specifications. The program has invested in a special workshop in Coventry, providing customers with greater support than ever. Tim Hannig has been with Jaguar Land Rover Classic for two years as the director.
Was the Reborn program created for new customers?
Certainly. We’ve been watching the classic car scene and have noticed significant changes. There is interest from different generations, along with more and more women getting involved, and the interest isn’t limited to just one region. We want to target future generations with Reborn, and at the same time, we want to make it easier for the customer to own such a vehicle by being more transparent.
There are recreations and then there’s Reborn, which can have a wide range of interpretations. How would you define the term “original” today?
We must distinguish between the two. We recently presented the E-type Lightweights, which have been built in small numbers as a continuation model, and they are only suitable for historical racing. With the Reborn series, we restore old cars, starting from the original base, and it’s quite clear these cars have been built so that they are fully functional and can be driven.
Do you have any new requirements with this all-round service from the Jaguar factory? No stress for the enthusiast?
(Laughs) They’re still older vehicles, which can have their own set of quirks. It’s a 60-year-old icon with its own idiosyncrasies. With Reborn, we use as many original parts as possible and can rebuild according to the original working procedures. However, we can utilise modern technologies to avoid typical creeping faults, like, for example, using new wiring harnesses to prevent cable breaks. This new programme is appealing to many customers who may have always wanted an E-type but are afraid of the lengthy research, evaluation, and restoration processes. We have taken these worries away, because, with us, the customer knows what he’ll get. We provide them security and take all the risk. Those who have not dared before can now go on a journey into the history of a great classic.
This E-type is immaculate. But what about the beloved patina that highlights the car’s history?
This is always a question for each individual customer. There is no right or wrong answer to me, but only a matter of personal preference. For Reborn, we find examples that are as original as possible, such as an E-type we recently discovered that has only 20,000 miles on the clock and is wonderfully preserved. We’ll update it mechanically, but not restore, because it’s perfect.
Why is there such a focus on maintaining the cars’ history? Was this a conscious decision?
Generally, the company is very successful at this, and the customers credit the efforts that have been made to retain as much history as possible on our new models. The two brands are deeply rooted in a great history, both on the racetrack and the road. Now, you could say that what we do at Classic is smart marketing, but our aim is to be sustainable. In other words, we must lead the charges in our field and build up enough volume that allows us to work cost-effectively.
One could debate that Jaguar Land Rover is now becoming a significant competitor in a field that has previously been dominated by specialised traders.
We certainly have not had enough business in the past with older vehicles. We’re working on it, but these things don’t happen overnight. This means that we could not support our dealers with spare parts. But now, we are creating a foundation, creating a business for traders that, in the past, has been lost.
What is your view of the current market situation?
We can see that the fascination with classics will continue in the future. They make people smile. But people always ask me what they should buy now, and my answer always is whatever you have the most fun with. Irrespective of investment and value growth, everyone should invest in what they personally like.
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Jaguar fans should rejoice with the news that enthusiastic and empathetic works Long Nose D-Type XKD603 owner Clive Beecham has replicated Jaguar’s 1951 race team Bedford parts 3 ton van.
Clive worked very hard to find a van with the same body as Jaguar’s, then he had it liveried in team colours and signage after consulting former team personal including Ron Gaudion.
The van has just been finished by the same outfit who paints Williams F1 cars, and it will be seen often at major events when his famous D-Type appears. The pair will make a wonderful sight.
Clive sent us these images of his van with the D-Type, a famous and historic XK120 and also ex- works/Mt Druitt 24 Hour/ and New Zealand C-Type XKC039.
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It is always good to get the next edition of Jaguar Magazine out, and #186 came out from the printer on Friday.
For those who subscribe it is in the mail already, and will reach shops by the end of next week – but before Easter.
Even I am amazed at how untold stories keep being published in ours. In fact, when we started this magazine in 1984 I truly believed we would run out of stories after about 20 editions.
Fortunately, I was very wrong.
Some highlights in edition #186 are:
Living with the F-Pace 3.0 litre diesel
Bill Pitt – D-Type racer, and work’s ‘Mk1’ owner racer – Australia’s second Touring Car Champion
The earliest XJ-Ss – very collectable
The ‘Mk1’ gets the love and respect it deserves
The late-Archie Scott Brown’s fatal accident – and what became of his crashed VPP9?
Brigg Cunningham – exclusive images of his three works-built Long Nose D-Types rolled on one weekend in 1956.
An exclusive visit to Jaguar Heritage’s stored collection with brilliant images by Martin Dunning.
Buyer’s Guide to the X-Type.
XK150 restoration – next instalment.
Where’ Wally – Jaguar’s caught on camera in candid!
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With a selection of pre-war classics and mid-twentieth century restoration projects already consigned, Dorset Vintage and Classic Auctions’ summer event on Thursday 8th June promises to be another eclectic and interesting sale indeed.
Heading the line-up so far is an original home-market 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 3.8 Roadster. Its late owner cherished the motor car for thirty six years and intended to complete the restoration project himself; now being offered with a guide of £50000 – 55000, the E-Type comes with original components and should prove to be a worthwhile and valuable project.
Read more at http://www.blackmorevale.co.uk/dvca-s-june-sale-offers-pre-war-classics-and-mid-c20th-restoration-projects/story-30253700
Jaguar Land Rover, the UK’s largest manufacturer of premium luxury vehicles, today reported record retail sales of 604,009 vehicles (including sales from our China joint venture) in the financial year, up 16% compared to last year, exceeding 600,000 for the first time in the company’s history. Retail sales for the Fourth Quarter were 179,509 vehicles, up 13% on the same quarter a year ago, and March sales reached 90,838 units, up 21% on March 2016.
Retail sales for the full financial year were up year-on-year in China (32%), North America (24%), the UK (16%) and Europe (13%), whilst sales in other Overseas markets were down 6%. For the month of March, retail sales were up in Europe (21%), North America (21%), China (21%) and Overseas markets (6%) compared to March 2016. In the UK, March sales were up 26.5% to a record 31,778 vehicles.
Andy Goss, Jaguar Land Rover Group Sales Operations Director said: “These numbers set the seal on Jaguar Land Rover’s seventh successive year of sales growth, by breaking through the 600,000 barrier. We continue to make encouraging gains in key markets such as China and North America, as well as seeing sustained customer demand for the Jaguar F-PACE, Range Rover Evoque and Land Rover Discovery Sport.
“The last 12 months have seen the launch of three completely new product lines, and successful growth across many of our existing products. Jaguar sales are still increasing strongly and Jaguar is now Europe’s fastest-growing car brand.”
Retail sales for Jaguar were a record 172,848 vehicles in the financial year, up 83% compared to the prior year primarily driven by the successful introduction of the F-PACE and solid sales of the XE and XF. Jaguar retails in the Fourth Quarter were 53,972 vehicles, up 81% on the same quarter last year, and 27,820 units in the month of March, up 83% compared to March 2016.
Land Rover retailed 431,161 vehicles this financial year, up 1% compared to last year, as continuing strong sales of the Discovery Sport, Evoque and Range Rover Sport were offset by the run-out of Defender and Discovery. Retail sales for Land Rover for the Fourth Quarter were 125,537 units, down 3% on quarter four last year, and retails in March were 63,018 vehicles, up 5% compared to March 2016.
While Ferrari and Mercedes-Benz racers dominated the fossil-fuelled Australian Grand Prix last month, it appears BMW is heading down a different racetrack.
The German carmaker has signed on officially as a works entry in Formula E, joining rival manufacturers Audi, Jaguar and Renault in the all-electric car racing series. The move extends BMW’s sideline involvement with the MS Amlin Andretti team.
BMW has supported the FIA Formula E Championship as the official vehicle supplier since the first season in 2012. The BMW i8 sports car is run as the formula’s safety car, the BMW i3 as the medical car and the BMW X5 xDrive40e as the rescue car.
Now BMW Motorsport director Jens Marquardt says it’s time to step up the involvement with the single-seater formula.
“Since its inaugural season, Formula E has enjoyed rapid development and is now regarded as a high-level racing series,” Marquardt says. “Everyone involved (at BMW) is delighted to be taking steps to get involved on the sporting and technological side of Formula E.”
BMW I, its electric car division, began its move to become a Formula E works entry by tying up with champion American racer Michael Andretti’s motorsport outfit at the beginning of this season.
BMW Motorsport provided MS Amlin Andretti with works driver Antonio Felix da Costa and that, plus the exchange of information between the Indianapolis and Munich outfits, has led to a quick start-up; BMW engineers have begun work on a Formula E powertrain.
“We still have a lot of work to do but we have taken the first steps,” Marquardt says. “If the series continues with this positive development, we want to be perfectly prepared for the potential works entry in season five.”
BMW sees a Formula E works entry as part of a long-term global motorsport strategy.
There are now 10 Formula E teams running with 20 drivers, including former Formula One racers Nick Heidfeld and Nelson Piquet Jr, whose father won the 1983 F1 world championship in a BMW-powered Brabham.
Formula E races are run at speeds up to 225km/h over 50 minutes with one compulsory car swap. The 170kW single-seaters will race over 14 rounds this season and organisers reportedly are very keen to see an Australian meeting on the calendar in the future.
Last weekend’s race in Mexico City, the fourth round in the 2016-17 season, was won by Lucas di Grassi and the ABT Schaeffler Audi Sport team. Audi is ramping up involvement in Formula E since quitting the World Endurance Championship for sports cars at the end of last season; some racing technologies could well be harnessed for three battery-electric road cars Audi is readying for production by 2020.