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April 19, 2021

THE LONDON MOTOR SHOW XK120 SURVIVES

In edition #204 we told the story that the first XK120 ever was NOT the first RHD chassis number (#660001), but is the first LHD chassis number #670001 or HKV500. It still exists and has survived in good original shape since being sent to the US in December 1949. It remains there.We want everyone to read it, so here it is free of charge for you to study and enjoy.Incidentally, since Richard Hassan and I researched and published it, having sent if pre-printing to former JDHC Head Archivist Anders Ditlev Clausager to check, not one authority has disagreed with the conclusion we came to.Fundamental Jaguar XK120 history is re-written.

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A NEW F-TYPE COLLECTOR’S EDITION

April 12, 2021

New R-Dynamic Black models further heighten the purity and presence that set Jaguar’s definitive sports car apart. Developed from the 300PS four-cylinder and 450PS V8 R-Dynamic Coupé and Convertible*, these exclusive additions to the line-up offer an enhanced specification and an even more luxurious, crafted interior. 

F-TYPE’s pure, sculpted form is accentuated by the Black Pack and 20-inch, five split-spoke wheels with gloss black finish. Known as ‘Style 5039’, these wheels are not available on any other model in the range. Complementing these perfectly is the choice of three metallic paints: Santorini Black, Eiger Grey or Firenze Red. 

The driver-focused ‘1+1’ cabin surrounds the occupants with rich, luxurious materials. The slimline Performance Seats feature 12-way adjustment and are trimmed in Windsor leather with a choice of Ebony with Light Oyster contrast stitching or – for a more sporting theme – Mars with Flame Red stitch. Details such as the beautifully crafted monogram stitch pattern, repeated in the door trim, are among the subtle refinements which make F-TYPE feel special. 

The driver-focussed interior, like the exterior, has evolved into a purer expression of the car’s elegance and performance. By concentrating on further refining the traditionally British Jaguar craftsmanship and adding discreet, beautiful details, the sense of luxury and sportiness has been heightened. 

The same monogram design is used to emboss the suedecloth wrap for the 12.3-inch reconfigurable Interactive Driver Display, while other refinements include satin-finish aluminium gearshift paddles, an Ebony suedecloth headliner and illuminated treadplates featuring the Jaguar script. 

The F-TYPE R-Dynamic Black’s powerful, refined and responsive engines are matched to eight-speed Quickshift transmissions with full manual control using either the SportShift gear selector or the gearshift paddles. 

Exclusively rear-wheel drive, the 300PS, 2.0-litre turbocharged Ingenium four-cylinder engine generates maximum torque from just 1,500rpm, delivering exceptional throttle response throughout the rev range. It also provides the performance expected from F-TYPE and enables acceleration from 0-60mph in only 5.4 seconds and a top speed of 155mph.  

The 450PS, 5.0-litre supercharged V8 has been developed to offer exploitable, useable and rewarding performance – maximum torque of 580Nm is generated from 2,500rpm. It is offered with a choice of all-wheel drive with Intelligent Driveline Dynamics or – for purists – rear-wheel drive. Both 450PS powertrains feature an electronic active rear differential to optimise traction, and both enable 0-60mph in just 4.4 seconds and a maximum speed of 177mph. 

The 300PS and 450PS units are also available in other F-TYPE models, but for truly exceptional performance in all weathers and on any kind of road there is the F-TYPE R. Offered exclusively with all-wheel drive, its supercharged V8 delivers 575PS and 700Nm: the benchmark sprint to 60mph takes just 3.5 seconds, while maximum speed is an electronically-limited 186mph.  

The F-TYPE R and P450 models are equipped as standard with Jaguar’s Adaptive Dynamics system with Configurable Dynamics. Using electronically-controlled, continuously-variable dampers, Adaptive Dynamics optimises both low speed comfort and high speed control, while Configurable Dynamics enables the driver to tailor the settings for suspension stiffness, steering weight, throttle response and gearshifts. All 300PS four-cylinder F-TYPEs use meticulously tuned passive monotube dampers to deliver the ride and handling attributes which give these models their unique character. 

Customers who choose the any of the V8 F-TYPEs benefit from the Quiet Start function: the electrically actuated bypass valves in the rear silencer remain closed until they automatically open up under load. If desired, Quiet Start can be over-ridden by selecting Dynamic Mode or by pressing the switchable exhaust button before starting the engine. 

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… AND ANOTHER SATISFIED READER

April 12, 2021

Smiling Jaguar Magazine reader Tiff Needell needs little introduction, and aside from many other things, he drove Bob McKay’s XJ13 Brisbane-based replica on the famous UK Fifth Gear television show. He is a presenter of Lovecars, and formerly served as co-presenter of Top Gear and Fifth Gear.

He drove F1 with Ensign, and made his first appearance at the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1981. His best result at Le Mans was third overall in 1990. In 1995, he drove a Porsche at Daytona and a Jaguar XJ220 at Le Mans.

He then drove the Lister Storm for five years, reaching third overall at Daytona in 1997 before gearbox problems dropped them to nineteenth. In 1998 he finished fifth in the British GT Championship and won the Silverstone Golden Jubilee Trophy race. That same year, he was to be part of Lister’s assault on Le Mans, but the car failed scrutineering and thus didn’t qualify.

In 2000, he again drove for Lister, this time in three races of the British GT Championship, winning all of them. He won at Donington Park in the main Lister entry and then competed in two further rounds in the CSi privately entered Lister. Due to the late entry, this car wasn’t registered for championship points, but Tiff won both races at Circuit de Spa-Francorchamps and Silverstone Circuit. He also took part in the 2000 FIA GT Championship for one round at Zolder.

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DESIGN HEAD PROMISES MASSIVE CHANGES

April 7, 2021

In this week’s Autocar magazine, Gerry McGovern talks about “the future of Jaguar styling” building on the Re-imagine event and the investors call.

“In my book,” he says, “the only thing that has to look traditional about a Jaguar is the badge. I really don’t think anything else matters.”

“Jaguar designs will be compelling and jaw-dropping. One word I like is exuberant. Even shocking, but in a good way. Our new cars will resonate with customers on a visceral level. You will look at one and think there’s nothing else like it.”

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JAGUAR AUSTRALIA EXTENDS WARRANTY TO FIVE YEARS AND UNLIMITED KILOMETRES

April 6, 2021


The warranty period for all new Jaguar vehicles sold in Australia from the 1st of April 2021 is extended from the current three-years/100,000 kilometres to five years and unlimited kilometres.


Warranty changes are effective across the entire range and even the multi-award-winning, all-electric I-PACE performance SUV.


The I-PACE, which recently added the Royal Automobile Club of Victoria’s 2020 ‘EV of the Year over $65,000’ award to its bulging trophy cabinet, currently boasts a five-year 200,000-kilometre warranty. That will switch to unlimited kilometres from April 1. The 8-year 160,000 warranty on the BEV traction battery will remain.


When coupled with the optional 5-year service plan (standard on I-PACE and F-TYPE), Jaguar vehicles now have a more compelling value proposition than ever before.


Announcing the warranty changes for Jaguar’s Australian model range, company Managing Director Mark Cameron said while tactical warranty offers had been made throughout 2020 for selected marketing campaigns, this latest change is here to stay.


“This warranty revision is an important change, one we see as a key progression for the Jaguar brand in Australia and one that is permanent,” Mr Cameron said, adding that the changes will both add to the buying and ownership experience and enhance vehicle value.


“We have worked extremely hard at developing the extended warranty for the Australian market and I believe the increased length of the warranty period, plus unlimited kilometres, will deliver an even more enjoyable ownership experience for Jaguar buyers.


“We are proud to be able to offer our Australian customers such an extensive warranty,” he added.
In addition to the new 5 year/unlimited km warranty, all Jaguar vehicles will also be covered by a 6-year warranty on panels for corrosion.


The five-year/unlimited kilometre warranty applies to all new Jaguar cars whether purchased for private or business use.


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EDITORIAL IN OUR CURRENT EDITION – REGARDING JAGUAR ISSUES

April 6, 2021

WE DIDN’T SEE IT COMING

This probably a fake D-Type we saw and photographed at JD Classics.

In all the time I have been editing this magazine there has not been so much critical company controversy in one edition.

I am talking about the fact Jaguar is set to lead the world of established motor manufacturers by dropping production of all internal combustion engined cars – in just four years.

The other matter is the controversy it created by suing a Swedish couple for building a C-Type replica.  The replica was built with the full knowledge and blessing of Jaguar Classic, and in the face of businesses and enthusiasts building similar cars for fifty years.  Jaguar Classic even own a replica C and D-Type it uses commercially.  

The result is a massive up-take of international condemnation which we have reported on.  It is something Jaguar does not need or want.  It pursued the couple and won the case in a Swedish court, which devastated the pair who had built the car over a number of years.  We will continue to follow the shenanigans and, if warranted, call out the company for its seemingly illogical action.  

As we have said elsewhere, it needs to attack the many rogues who operate right under their noses, and who they have often associated with over decades.  Those people hide behind a cloak of being dedicated ‘experts’, and continue to make their crooked fortunes faking genuine C and D-Types and move them  on as originals.  That includes a number of Ian Cummins’ brilliant Sydney-built replicas which morphed into ‘originals’ after they were sold into the UK – not by Ian.  We have to include now-defunct JD Classics.  In 2010 they were caught passing the last replica built by Ian in 2008, as the genuine XKD548 – a car never sold by Jaguar!  

After JD Classics was sold, fraud and deceit were alleged against founder and CEO Derek Hood.  Some 18 fakes were part of the case.  They are not the only culprits by a long shot, just too greedy, cocky and obvious.  Hood lost the case against him at £64,000,000 …

On a more positive note – our time with the cover car, a Sorrento Yellow F-TYPE R supercharged V8 was beyond expectations.  Jaguar Cars has still got it, and electric Jaguars have a lot to live up to! 

Les. Hughes

IN ALL THE TIME I HAVE EDITED THIS MAGAZINE there has not been so much critical company controversy in one edition.

April 5, 2021

Editorial for edition #206

I am talking about the fact Jaguar is set to lead the world of established motor manufacturers by dropping production of all internal combustion engined cars – in just four years.

The other matter is the controversy it created by suing a Swedish couple for building a C-Type replica.  The replica was built with the full knowledge and blessing of Jaguar Classic, and in the face of businesses and enthusiasts building similar cars for fifty years.  Jaguar Classic even own a replica C and D-Type it uses commercially.  

The result is a massive up-take of international condemnation which we have reported on.  It is something Jaguar does not need or want.  It pursued the couple and won the case in a Swedish court, which devastated the pair who had built the car over a number of years.  We will continue to follow the shenanigans and, if warranted, call out the company for its seemingly illogical action.  

As we have said elsewhere, it needs to attack the many rogues who operate right under their noses, and who they have often associated with over decades.  Those people hide behind a cloak of being dedicated ‘experts’, and continue to make their crooked fortunes faking genuine C and D-Types and move them  on as originals.  That includes a number of Ian Cummins’ brilliant Sydney-built replicas which morphed into ‘originals’ after they were sold into the UK – not by Ian.  We have to include now-defunct JD Classics.  In 2010 they were caught passing the last replica built by Ian in 2008, as the genuine XKD548 – a car never sold by Jaguar!  

After JD Classics was sold, fraud and deceit were alleged against founder and CEO Derek Hood.  Some 18 fakes were part of the case.  They are not the only culprits by a long shot, just too greedy, cocky and obvious.  Hood lost the case against him at £64,000,000 …

On a more positive note – our time with the cover car, a Sorrento Yellow F-TYPE R supercharged V8 was beyond expectations.  Jaguar Cars has still got it, and electric Jaguars have a lot to live up to! 

 Les. Hughes

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JAGUAR MAGAZINE IS BACK ON-LINE

April 5, 2021

OUR PAGE PROBLEMS HAVE ALL BEEN ATTENDED TO – WE ARE BACK!

The world of computers and the internet can be a mystery to us, for some unknown reason our website and Facebook page had been blocked.

Facebook is still an issue, but stay tuned to be inundated with news and snippets – plus our newest edition – on a daily basis once more.

It has been frustrating, but there has been a helluva lot of important things going on while this has been down – and it’s not all good.

It’s so good to be back with your – and we are very happy with the new publication too.

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JAGUAR HERITAGE BUILDING NEW C-TYPES

January 28, 2021

Jaguar Classic is celebrating the 70th anniversary of the legendary C-type sports racer by creating a strictly limited production run of new C-type Continuation cars, which will be hand built at Jaguar’s world-class Classic Works facility in Coventry.

The C-type Continuation programme will allow historic motor racing enthusiasts to purchase a new factory-built example of the ultimate 1953 disc-braked ‘works’
C-type direct from Jaguar for the first time.

The C-type, which was originally made between 1951-53, was famed for its exceptionally fluid shape by Jaguar Cars designer, aerodynamicist and artist Malcolm Sayer. The C-type won the gruelling Le Mans 24 Hours on its debut in 1951, scoring the first of Jaguar’s seven outright wins at the French endurance race.

From 1952, the C-type pioneered the adoption of innovative disc brake technology in motorsport, with a revolutionary system developed by Jaguar and Dunlop scoring the first win for a disc-braked car with Stirling Moss at the Reims Grand Prix in France and contesting the 1000-mile Mille Miglia in Italy. 

The C-type won the Le Mans 24 Hours again in 1953, another first for disc brakes, and also enjoyed success in the hands of private owners, which contributed to Jaguar finishing vice-champion in the inaugural World Sportscar Championship.

DAN PINK
DIRECTOR, JAGUAR CLASSIC

Of the 53 Jaguar C-types built in the 1950s, 43 were sold to private owners, but the production C-type specification was limited to drum-braked cars with twin SU carburettors and 200bhp, in the style of the 1951 works cars. 

Eight new C-type Continuation cars will be built ahead of a racing-inspired celebration event for their owners in 2022. Each example will reflect the 1953 Le Mans-winning works team car specification, including 3.4-litre straight-six engine with triple Weber 40DCO3 carburettors for 220bhp and disc brakes.

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JAGUAR SEEKS TO BAN PORSCHE, LAMBORGHINI, VW AUDI MODELS IN THE US

November 21, 2020

Land Rover was among the first automakers to forge a path in the highly profitable market for luxury sport utility vehicles, simplifying the technology for affluent but inexperienced off-road drivers.

But the foreign-made rivals in the British company’s rearview mirror have grown closer than they might appear.

On Thursday, Jaguar Land Rover Automotive Plc asked a U.S. trade agency to block imports of Volkswagen Group’s Porsche, Lamborghini, Audi and Volkswagen SUVs it says are using its patented Terrain Response system without permission.

Jaguar's 2020 F-PACE.

Jaguar Land Rover, which is owned by India’s Tata Motors Ltd., said in a filing with the U.S. International Trade Commission that the technology helps negotiate a “broad range of surfaces” and is a key feature in Jaguar’s F-Pace and Land Rover Discovery vehicles.

“JLR seeks to protect itself and its United States operations from companies that have injected infringing products into the U.S. market that incorporate, without any license from JLR, technology developed by JLR and protected by its patent,” Land Rover’s lawyer, Matthew Moore of Latham & Watkins, said in the filing.

A spokesman for Volkswagen declined to comment on ongoing litigation.

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