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

January 4, 2018

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

January 4, 2018

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

December 31, 2017

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

December 31, 2017

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

December 21, 2017
 
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.

A VERY SPECIAL XK120 YOU HAVE NEVER SEEN LIKE THIS BEFORE …

December 21, 2017

You will see this extraordinary car in our new edition and find out why it is bristling with all of the added apparatus and elements.

I can tell you it raced at Bathurst and other tracks in the early 1950s when this image was taken by its owner, and is the first XK120SE ever built!

It is being restored at the moment having had a very tough life after being passionately maintained by its first owner.

It is all in edition #190 where there are many more high quality colour shots of the car in various places and its full history dating back now over 65 years!

Oh yes, that is not mud on the tyres – it is gold paint.

It’s all in edition #190:

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AFFORDABLE CLASSICS SELL WELL AT BARONS

December 20, 2017

Barons’ Christmas Classic Sale at Sandown Park (UK) saw a number of entries almost double estimate.

These included a 1964 Jaguar Mk 3.8 saloon, which achieved £41,800 (estimate £22,000-£28,000), and a 1994 Jaguar XJ-S 4.0 ‘facelift’ model that was bought for £11,000 (estimate £4,500-£6,000).

One hotly-contested lot was the ideal hot hatch – the 1989 Peugeot 205 1.9 GTI. With just one lady owner from new and only 21,000 miles on the clock, this sold for £26,620, racing past the £18,000-£22,000 estimate.

The Barons team doesn’t have much time to rest over Christmas – it’s already into taking consignments for the first sale of 2018, the Classic Winter Warmer at Sandown Park on February 27.

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RESULTS, BARONS, SANDOWN PARK, DECEMBER 12 2017

Year Make Model Sold @ Inc
1964 Jaguar MK2 3.8 Saloon £41,800
2000 Bentley Arnage Red Label £29,000
1989 Peugeot 205 GTi 1.9 £26,620
1961 Jaguar MKII 3.8 £22,000
1934 Alvis Speed 20 SB £13,200
2000 Porsche 996 Convertible £13,000
1994 Jaguar XJS 4.0 Face Lift £11,000
2005 Porsche Boxster 3.2S 987 £10,450
1961 Frisky Prince £10,175
1957 Morris 1000 Van £9,460
1955 Daimler Sportsman £9,350
1972 Lancia Fulvia Coupe £9,350
1988 Jaguar Sovereign V12 £9,350
1985 Bentley Mulsanne Turbo £9,000
1967 Austin A35 Van £7,810
1992 Rover Mini Cooper £7,150
1988 BMW 320i E30 £5,720
RXX 1 Cherished registration £5,610
2002 Range Rover P38 Vogue £5,060
1997 Porsche Boxster £4,500
2004 Mercedes 500CL £4,290
1980 Mercedes 450SL £4,180
1966 Fiat 600D £4,150
2005 Mini Cooper S Convertible £3,960
1970 Daimler 4.2 Sovereign £3,850
1998 Rover Mini £3,740
2001 Jaguar XJR 8 £2,970
1999 Mercedes CLK 230 Kompressor £2,420
1989 Jaguar XJ6 £1,980
1954 Morris Minor 1000 £1,450

JAGUAR LAND ROVER AIM TO IMPROVE PETROL ENGINE ECONOMY BY 5% – AUTOCAR

December 19, 2017

A UK project aimed at recovering energy from waste exhaust heat could improve fuel consumption of internal combustion engines by 5%.

The initiative, which has £2 million of government funding, is called VIPER2 (Vehicle Integrated Powertrain Energy Recovery) and is led by Jaguar Land Rover. Other participants include Ford, European Thermodynamics and Nottingham University.

The target of the project is to recover a peak of 300 watts of electrical energy from a petrol engine being put through the World Harmonised Light Vehicle Test Procedure (WLTP) cycle. The recovered energy can then be used to drive the ancillaries or a hybrid motor. A key element of the project is a thermoelectric generator (TEG) mounted in the exhaust system downstream of the catalytic converter. Petrol engines convert only around 35% of the fuel they burn into mechanical energy. Most of the rest of the energy contained in the fuel is consumed by heat and frictional losses, while some of the energy contained in expanding hot exhaust gases is used to drive turbochargers or heat catalytic converters and particulate filters. The rest exits via the exhaust pipe or is absorbed by the car’s cooling system and radiated to the atmosphere.

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YOU STILL HAVE TIME TO GET YOUR JAGUAR MAGAZINE FOR CHRISTMAS

December 18, 2017

Our special subscription discount Christmas offer is still on – and there is time.

Get it at our website www.jaguarmagazine.com – awe will deliver it anywhere in the world.

What better Christmas gift could you give to a Jaguar owner who is special to you – and it will last all year long.

We will get the first copy into the mail immediately.

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NEXT F-TYPE SPORTS TO BE ALL-ELECTRIC – WHEELS

December 17, 2017

A top-secret project currently underway at Jaguar’s design and engineering centre in Gaydon will see petrol engines dropped altogether for the radical all-electric Jaguar F-Type replacement due as early as 2021 or 2022.

Despite the lack of internal combustion, the futuristic Jaguar two-door sports car will be the fastest car ever to wear the leaper badge courtesy of electric motors and a bespoke new architecture tailored to take advantage of the design freedoms offered when a traditional drivetrain is not part of the equation.  The bold decision to drop petrol engines is in line with Jaguar Land Rover’s promise of ensuring every model features some form of electrification by 2020.

While JLR chief Ralf Speth has admitted internal combustion engines will be around for a long time yet, it’s understood he saw too many compromises in designing a compact sports car to accommodate bulky internal combustion engines as well as electric motors and batteries.

The move to target the heartland of Jaguar – sports cars – is also a bold step to separate Jaguar from its predominantly German competition by taking a leading position with a flagship EV performance car.  Combined with the early-2017 announcement of the Jaguar i-Pace electric SUV, it was that electric E-Type that prompted a months-long Wheels investigation that unearthed the top-secret project.

Sources closely aligned with the program have confirmed the company is deep in development of the all-electric F-Type replacement, which could get a different name to signify its leap from tradition to cutting-edge EV technology.

The all-electric sports car is being developed alongside the i-Pace.

It uses two electric motors and a 90kWh lithium-ion battery pack that can reach 80 percent charge in 90 minutes. As with Teslas, acceleration will be a big part of the i-Pace sales pitch, with the SUV claimed to be able to hit 100km/h in four seconds.

But the new F-Type will boost that performance further, with a line-up likely to include rear-drive and all-paw variants.

Entry-level cars will stick with a rear-drive setup, while more expensive models will run electric motors at both ends, delivering drive to front and rear wheels.

It’s the AWD version that aims to reset the two-seater performance benchmark for Jaguar, with early internal targets nominating a sub-3.0 second 0-100km/h time.

While engineers are excited by the relatively easy performance promised by electric motors, developing the personality of the car will rely heavily on the design team, led by Ian Callum.

While there will be lessons learned from the i-Pace, the all-new electric sports coupe will sit on a unique architecture tailored to a sports car featuring a low seating position.
Those sporty requirements have so far challenged Callum and his team – especially with the inherent focus on light weight – and mean the car will be a vast visual leap from the F-Type, the XK and the E-Type, each of which had a prodigious bonnet to house V8 and/or V12 engines.

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