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CAN ANYBODY FIND THIS HISTORIC MK2?

May 8, 2019
Lofty England 4th left.

The famous factory Mk2 3.8 which achieved 10,000 miles in a four days of driving at Monza, at an average lap speed (including the banked track) of 105 mph, was sold to Australian then double World F1 Champion, Jack Brabham.

Kiwi Phil Kerr, who ran controlled Jack’s non-racing business interests, spoke with Lofty England who ran the enduro for Jaguar, and was told by Lofty he would like Jack to buy the car.

Lofty and Jack were good friends, but Jack said he didn’t need the Mk2 – until Phil talked him around. Phil drove the car more than anyone then because his very good Kiwi mate, Bruce McLaren, bought racing Mk2 3.8 (RHD chassis #14) new from Lofty and loved it!

After the endurance effort the car was taken back to Browns Lane, fully rebuilt and the engine changed.

According to Kerr, Jack sold it a year later to a serious enthusiast who appreciated its significance.

Do we know who that was, and if it has survived?

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STUNNING XE SV PROJECT 8 IN AUSTRALIA

May 8, 2019
Jaguar XE SV Project 8 at Sandown.

With 600PS from a 5.0 litre Supercharged V8 engine, Project 8 is the most powerful road legal Jaguar in history. All cars are LHD, but one is now in Australia thanks to Jaguar Australia. It is doing the rounds too.

Total production is strictly limited to 300 cars worldwide, each one hand-assembled at the SVO Technical Centre in Warwickshire, England. Choose between the two-seat Track Pack version and a road-biased four-seater if you want one. Prototypes ran at proving grounds across Europe, the most famous of which is the Nürburgring Nordschleife. Project 8 has achieved the fastest lap ever for a Jaguar on the Nordschleife, faster than any other four door production-intent sedan in history and faster than many renowned supercars.

Yes, things are very exciting in Jaguarland.

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SOMETHING VERY SPECIAL FOR YOU

May 6, 2019

This a rare opportunity for our readers who love their Jaguars.

The Austin Swallow was 26 year old William Lyons’ first four wheeled commercial vehicle, styled by him using the humble brand new Austin Seven chassis and running gear – and put him on the map for future success even he would not have imagined possible then.

This very rare unrestored, but mechanically perfect example was brought to Australia from England by the late Ian Cummins. He took it to his home in Tasmania, but following his sudden passing it is back on the mainland and needs a new home.

It will cost the new proprietor around $35,000 Australian Dollars – or 20,000 Pounds. International shipping is simple and not expensive.

If you want to know more about it, email or ring the number in this advertisement. If I didn’t live in an apartment I’d buy it myself!

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JAGUAR’S 1955, 56 AND 57 LE MANS WINNER CELEBRATES A MILESTONE!

May 4, 2019

Just two years ago, thanks to Clive Beecham, owner of the D-Type which finished second at Le Mans in 1957, former Jaguar and Ecurie Ecosse engineer Ron Gaudion burst into international recognition.

Ron is the only person to have fettled, and crewed the 1955, 56 and 57 Le Mans D-Types – despite being a young Aussie from Melbourne who went to Britain to gain experience.

He even built two of those winning cars in the Experimental and Competition workshops at Browns Lane.

Today he and his Scottish-born wife (they met when he was with Ecurie Ecosse in Edinburgh) celebrated Ron’s 90th birthday at a huge luncheon organised by their daughter Linda. Her parents had no idea about the size of the function, and were stunned when 80 friends assembled at a Greg Norman golf course venue on the Queensland Gold Coast.

Ron’s very best friend came from Hobart in Tasmania despite being quite unwell – but delivered Ron an hilarious roast at the microphone and which brought the house down!

Ron and May are as fit as fleas, and the emotional day was a sensation. I am sure they are kicking back right now enjoying the very special chocolates sent to them by chocolate manufacturer Clive Beecham who knew Ron loves good chocolate.

Happy birthday from us to the delightful and ultra modest Jaguar and Ecurie Ecosse legend.

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ANOTHER MAJOR AWARD FOR F-TYPE

May 3, 2019

The industry-defining Jaguar F-TYPE has won the Performance Car of the Year category at the prestigious Honest John awards. The two-seater British sportscar has now claimed over 175 awards for its world-renowned abilities on both road and track.

The Honest John Performance Car award is the latest to be presented to the Jaguar F-TYPE for its timeless abilities and industry-leading performance capability. The Honest John Awards are one of the few in the automotive industry that are decided by its readers. The news and reviews related to specific models that bring the most attention to the site are chosen for the awards. In this case, the Jaguar F-TYPE was the site’s most popular Performance Car from April 2018 to April 2019.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said“The introduction of F-TYPE was a seminal moment in modern Jaguar history and one that we’re immensely proud of. Each and every Jaguar model in the range has taken inspiration from the F-TYPE’s design and dynamic characteristics and it’s fantastic to see its timeless appeal shining as bright as ever with Honest John’s readership.”

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‘BEST JAGUAR MAGAZINE IN THE WORLD’ – SWISS READER

May 2, 2019

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U.S. JAGUAR SALES FLY AGAIN

May 2, 2019

Jaguar Land Rover reported April 2019 U.S. sales: Land Rover had its best ever April sales month with 7,165 units, an increase of 11 percent from 6,448 in April 2018;

Jaguar sales were 2,147 units, a six percent increase from 2,019 units in April 2018. Jaguar Land Rover total April U.S. sales reached 9,312 units, a 10 percent increase from 8,467 units in April 2018.
For the month of April, Jaguar sales were 2,147 units, a six percent increase from 2,019 units in April 2018.

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The Jaguar I-PACE achieved its best sales month since its launch with 237 vehicles sold.

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Jaguar I-PACE was awarded the 2019 World Car of the Year award, and in an unprecedented achievement, the I-PACE also won the World Car Design of the Year and World Green Car titles.

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The Jaguar F-PACE continued to lead the brand’s performance with 1,038 units sold.

With the addition of the Jaguar E-PACE and the battery electric I-PACE, the New Generation of Jaguar lineup expands to seven models for the first time in the brand’s storied history, while new model derivatives like the Jaguar F-PACE SVR and the XF Sportbrake Prestige diversify the portfolio offering customers greater choice.

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WE ARE BACK FROM NEW ZEALAND AND AMAZED!

April 28, 2019

If you are wondering where I have been, we have travelled to Auckland in New Zealand to help celebrate the spectacular three day long 50th anniversary of the JDC there – and have returned with truly dozens of stories – small and large! The hospitality we were shown was humbling too.

In the city where official dealers, Archibald and Shorter, are now the world’s oldest continuous Jaguar dealers, the cars and people there are simply amazing. We saw models we have never seen before – new and older.

The stories we gathered will be featured in many coming editions – but consider these:

Mark and David Shorter – their grandfather Bert founded the car business

New XK-SS – the only one in the Southern Hemisphere

F-Pace SVR – one prototype, and two brand new cars which arrived last Friday!

E-Type Roadster chassis #29

E-Type FHC 1962 New York show car

Coombs Mk2 (genuine!)

XJ ‘575’ – rare modern Jaguar

Jaguar used parts specialist – 400 Jaguars scrapping!!!

Bruce McLaren – his Jaguars, his former home and service station, his museum and even his grave

Jock Lawrence – the racer who finished second in an Ecurie Ecosse D-Type then moved his family to New Zealand. His wife tells his story while his daughters and son fly the family flag

Mark Shorter – new Life Member acknowledged

Mark Shorter – his massive collection of Jaguar brochures – many very rare. Almost certainly the largest selection in the world

Historic images never seen before – until now

Testing the new XE – a 3.0 litre petrol model kindly loaned by Jaguar New Zealand

Finding a former Jaguar Director who worked under the late-Sir Nick Scheele

I-Pace – of course!

… and that is just the tip of the iceberg!

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SIGNIFICANT JAGUAR AUCTION COMING UP

April 17, 2019

Heythrop Park in Oxfordshire will be hosting the Silverstone Auctions May sale of British Marques and Classic cars on the 11th May 2019, bringing together some very high quality and exclusive lots.

In association with the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, a fabulous selection of Jaguars are being offered including two XJ220s, eight E-Types, XK120s and a 150 with interesting history. For the more modern enthusiast there are XJS’ and XKRs.

Silverstone Auctions are very excited to be offering not one but two XJ220 supercars, one in left hand drive with 20,500 km and the other right hand drive with just 700 miles. This car was once the fastest production car in the world, with the record set by Martin Brundle in 1992 at the Nardo test track.

The left hand drive 1997 XJ220 in Spa Silver with 20,500km has recently had £50,000 worth of expenditure lavished on it by Jaguar Classic Works and comes with the registration “220 XXK” and with all details of the works carried out in car’s history file. This car is now in exceptional condition and ready to be enjoyed by its new owner. Estimated at £300,000 to £350,000.
If a left hand drive XJ220 doesnt suit, well you can have a 1995 right hand drive version with just 700miles in Le Mans Blue. This car was recently discovered in a private collection in Malaysia and brought back to the UK where it underwent £25,000 worth of work by XJ220 model experts Don Law in December 2015. Estimated at £325,000 to £375,000.
Two highly collectable cars which to date are still the fastest cars produced by Jaguar. A great opportunity to acquire one of the most significant supercars of their era.

Other Jaguars in the auction include E-Types which have always been considered one of the most desirable cars and Silverstone Auctions are offering a variety of specifications including this remarkably pretty 1973 V12 Roadster Series 3 in manual. The car has been in the same ownership for the last 22 years and underwent a restoration in 2000, taking four years by respected firm Classic Motor Cars (CMC) in Bridgenorth. At the same time as the restoration the clutch and brakes were upgraded. Registered as FRW 300L in Coventry, the Heritage Certificate states it was a Jaguar Cars Ltd press car. Prior to auction this car will be MOT tested and is estimated at £80,000 to £100,000.

The British Marques sale also includes a remarkable 47,000 mile, two owner, 1965 E-Type Series 1 FHC. What is even more remarkable is the car still retains its original paint. This is a US delivered, left hand drive car, which had a replacement interior whilst it was in the United States finished fantastically to its original specification. A true time warp and estimated at £40,000 to £50,000.

RBN 376 is a very interesting XK150. If you like doing some competition then this XK150S with a 3.8L engine could be the car. It started life as Fixed Head Coupe in Pearl Grey, then underwent a full restoration in 1990/91 when it was converted to a Drop Head Coupe at a cost of £58,000. In 2000 it was upgraded to rally spec for competition at a cost of £60,000, followed by a further upgrade and another £58,000 in 2005/6 with a competition engine. In 2008 the current vendor purchased the car and has since had it fastidiously maintained by Pearsons Engineering. This is a striking, sporty Jaguar and looks fantastic in Red, with an amazing history file, estimated at £120,000 to £150,000 you will not be able to walk by this amazing car.

If something a bit more modern is for you a 1994 Jaguar XJS Convertible could be the car. Presented in Artic Blue and with just 14,700 miles indicated and three former keepers, XJS’ of this quality are becoming quite desirable in this market. The second owner had the car for 21 years before selling it to the current vendor and at an estimated £20,000 to £25,000 this could be a fantastic example to own.

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MITCH EVANS AND PANASONIC JAGUAR’S MAIDEN WIN COMES IN ROME

April 14, 2019

Mitch Evans has become the seventh different driver to claim victory in the current Formula E season after beating pole-sitter Andre Lotterer at the Rome E-Prix.

The New Zealand driver, and indeed his Jaguar team, claimed a maiden victory in the all-electric championship.

HWA Racelab’s Stoffel Vandoorne rounded out the podium positions, also taking his and the team’s first piece of silverware home.

The race started in damp conditions before it was briefly suspended when a red flag was called only three minutes into the race.

GEOX Dragon’s Jose Maria Lopez overshot the Turn 18 chicane, sending his car head first into the barriers and causing a three-car pileup.

The trio’s stricken cars completely blocked the race track, giving the stewards no other choice but to suspend the race in order to clear the incident.

Last year’s Rome E-Prix winner Sam Bird was also forced to retire on Lap 1 after getting caught up in his own incident with Lopez.

Just before the red flag flew, the Briton was tagged at the rear by the Argentine, coming into contact with the wall at the Turn 12 chicane and suffering damage to the rear of his car.

The race resumed just under an hour later with pole sitter Lotterer leading Evans and Vandoorne.

Evans snatched the lead off Lotterer with 16 minutes to go when he used his final Attack Mode to pass the DS Techeetah driver.

The Auckland-born driver was forced to use more of his energy during the closing stages of the race in order to cover Lotterer’s attack, but crossed the line with just two percent battery life left.

His victory makes up for his heart-breaking defeat last year in Rome where he lost the race from the lead after his car ran out of battery.

It meant that he denied Lotterer a maiden win of his own, while Vandoorne took an impressive third position.

Only four points separate the top four drivers in this season’s championship with D’Ambrosio in the Mahindra machine leading the standings by a single point heading into the Paris ePrix.

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