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Jaguar Through The Years

Have you ever wondered about how Jaguar became the great British brand, read on and you will see both pictures and more details.

2011-Jaguar C-X16 Concept Car

C-X16 was debuted at the Los Angeles Auto Show, the One plus One concept sports car. It was first seen in Neutron White and was hailed as an indication of how many Jaguar cars will look in the future. This has now been renamed as the New F-Type and it will soon be in production.

2010 – Electric Jaguar

The C-X75 was revealed at the 2010 Paris Motor Show and gave a peek into the future of Jaguar Design.

2010- Another New Release

The up to date XJ was a worldwide success due to its improvement in performance and economy.

2008- XK and XF is released

The first Jaguar of the millennium was released, the XK built on past Jaguars but was built for a contemporary audience. The supercharged XKR offered even greater levels of power and acceleration. The XF became an instant success due to the fact that it was full of technological and aesthetic refinements. A supercharged XFR was also created and it became the fastest ever Jaguar made when it reached 226mph in Utah.

2008 – New Owner

Tata Motors of India is the new Parent Company.

2000 – A boys dream realised

Ian Callum joined as Design Director; he has been inspired as a teenager when he had first seen a XJ6 in a Jaguar Showroom.

1996 – Fastest Selling Sports Car

The XK8 was created by Jaguar's own design team. It took its ideas from the iconic Jaguars of the past and combined it with the luxury, space and safety required in a contemporary sports car. It immediately exceeded all sale expectations and became the fastest selling sports car in Jaguar's history.

1992- Another Speed Record Set

Jim Randle was inspired by Jaguar's success at Le Mans and decided to build a road car with similar performance. This resulted in the XJ220, only 300 were ever produced and for a while it was the fastest production car on the road.

1990- New Owners

Ford Motors buys Jaguar.

1990- Double Victory

Two XJR-12 s owned by Tom Walkinshaw Racing, claimed both first and second at Le Mans. To celebrate this victory Jaguar commissioned TWR to create 50 limited edition road going XJR-15, with a price tag of under $1,000,000 each.

1988- A Return to Victory

With the introduction of a 7.0 litre engine, the XJR-9 was unstoppable at the World Sports Car Championship. It won 6 of the 11 races and received both the driver and team trophies. It also returned Jaguar to the Winning position at Le Mans.

1985 – An Era Ends

Sir William Lyons died 50 years after launching the first Jaguar.

1975- XJ-S arrives

The E-Type was finally replaced by the XJ-S, it also included Jaguar's racing DNA combined with an air of luxury and refinement. It competed in the 3000 mile Coast to Coast Cannonball Run in the USA and due to its V12 engine, it finished the race in 32 hours and 51 minutes which is a record that was only broken in 1979.

1972- XJ6 Revs up

After only four years after its launch Jaguar was in the position to give the XJ6 the engine that it always intended, the 5.4 litre V12. It became the worlds fastest production car as it was capable of 140mph. Throughout the years the XJ received facelifts in 1973 and 1979 and the V12 version remained on sale until 1992.

1968 – Luxury arrives

The last car designed by Sir William Lyons was the XJ6 Saloon. This car sold over 400,000 units over the next 24 months. It had been designed to be a smooth, quiet car with emphasis on high standards which paved the way for the luxury car market.

1966 – XJ13

The Jaguar XJ13 was originally created specifically to be raced at Le Mans, but due to rule changes was never allowed to compete. There is only one XJ13 left now and it is seen as the rarest Jaguar.

1961 – Automotive Icon is created

The Jaguar E-Type was launched at the Geneva Motor Show, it created such a sensation that all other rivals were ignored. It exuded grace, power and beauty and was designed with a long elegant bonnet.

1956 – The Knighting of William Lyons

Williams Lyons was knighted in recognition of the services to the British car industry. Jaguar had evolved from Swallow Sidecars and he became a great designer as well as an entrepreneur.

1954- Winning Designs continue

The Jaguar D-Type is heralded as one of the most beautiful competition cars ever built. It achieved remarkable success at Le Mans, finishing 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th in the 1957 race.

1951 – Jaguar Begins to Win

With the creation of the C-Type Jaguar starts to see success on the race track. Due to its aerodynamics and being more powerful but 25% lighter than the XK120, the C-Type claimed its first victory in Le Mans.

1949 – The XK is born

Designed by William Lyons, the original XK120, created a sensation when it was first launched at the British Motor Show. The same model but without a windscreen was tested on the Ostend-Jabbeke motorway in Belgium and reached 132mph, so it became the world's fastest production car at the time.

1943 – The Jaguar Engine is created

The first jaguar engine was created, the straight-six was developed by engineers during the world war two, it was worked on during the night-time firewatch and the Jaguar plant. This led to the XK version which was introduced in 1949 and became the engine which powered jaguar cars for the next four decades.

1938 – The first Sports Car for Jaguar

A 3.5 litre version was released that offered Jaguars well known combination of comfort, usability and powerful sports performance. The SS100 was designed for motorsports and won prizes in the Alpine Trial and the RAC Rally.

1935 – Jaguar first car delivered

The first car was the SS Jaguar 2.5 litre Saloon, it was unveiled at the exclusive Londons' Mayfair Hotel. The first Jaguar cost only a mere £385. It was shortly followed by a 1.5 litre version and a 3.5 litre version 2 years later.