We never thought it would come to this, and especially after Jaguar was purchased by Indian family giant business Tata in 2008. The stark facts are that Jaguar is on the verge of extinction under the dominance of Land Rover.
In this edition we have features and opinions from some of the world’s best authorities on the marque and former Directors who give their honest assessments. It is not good but can’t be avoided.
In this edition we have.
Jaguar’s future according to former North America and Australia Jaguar PR Director John Crawford – he cuts lose.
Great Scott – Adelaide’s Scott Shearman owns Sir William Lyons’ former home in Wappenbury close to Coventry and is restoring it.
Englishman Ernest Wagstaff – the founder of Shell Australia – was the first person to drive between Melbourne and Adelaide when there were no roads. It was 1907 and he drove a new Daimler.
Why Jaguar Why? We look into any possible reasons Jaguar would be suing retired Swedish couple the Magnussons for building a replica C-Type – which they had already approved I t – and while Jaguar itself owned commercially used its own privately-built C and D-Type replicas!
Jaguar In Crisis – eight pages looking into any possible future for Jaguar and why it finds itself almost dead and buried now.
Tricky XJR-S. We were contacted by the owner in the US of a rare TWR/Jaguar-built XJR-S. He told us it was the first prototype, had been driven by Tom Walkinshaw and Jaguar Presidents in the US and was one owner since 1993. It had also aways been maintained in new condition he said. But we researched and could find no proof it was a prototype, and in fact it had been left in a dirt floored barn for nearly 25 years, was infested with mice, the brakes had seized and it was buried in mud up to its rims! What a dramatic story it makes.
Mk2 stunningly restored and up-graded to modern demands.
XK150. We profile Jaguar’s final sports car with a separate chassis and Errol Flynn-era type looks.
BIG SCOOP. We find the fate of the D-Type XKD503 which finished third at Le Mans in 1955 for Ecurie Francorchamps and then raced in the US and Cuba. It went missing in 1958 but we now know what came of it.
And as usual there is loads more Jaguar items of interest, untold stories and previously unpublished images.