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Jaguar

Jaguar celebrates its 75th anniversary in foreign hands but, ironically, in a healthier shape than many times during its historic past. William Lyons (later, Sir William), working with William Walmsley, set up the Swallow firm for producing quality, good value motorcycle sidecars in 1922 and the business prospered. Their first involvement with cars came in 1927, when the concern started producing…

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Jaguar E-Type

Jaguar E-Type

RATING:

9 / 10

PRICE: £10,000-£45,000+

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1961-75
  • Bodywork:
    Two-door fixedhead/open roadster
  • Engine:
    Twin overhead camshaft, in-line six-cylinder 3781cc 265bhp; 4235cc 265bhp Overhead camshaft V12 5343cc 272bhp
  • 0-60 mph:
    3.8 7sec 4.2 7+sec; V12 6.4sec
  • Top Speed:
    3.8 150mph; 4.2 145+mph V12 150mph
  • MPG:
    3.8/4.2 15-20

PAST: Introduced in 1961 and an icon ever since, the newcomer (fixed-head or roadster) was powered by the 3.8-litre XK lump, and featured all round independent suspension. Engine capacity was increased to a lustier if lazier 4.2-litres from late ‘64. Long wheelbase ‘two plus two’ versions for ‘66 gave it family appeal, but ‘Series 1 1/2’ models for 1967, with ‘uncowled’ headlamps, spoiled the looks. Revised Series 2 cars arrived for 1969 with better brakes. A new, long wheelbase only Series 3 was introduced in 1971, powered by alloy, 5.3-litre V12.

PRESENT: A true classic of its time, the E-type is still regarded as one of the best ever. Early six-cylinder cars are loved for their straightforward effectiveness, while the later V12s are favoured for their smooth performance. Handling soft on all but many mods are widely available.

FUTURE: There may never be another car with as much appeal as the E-type. Prices are high and set to rise.

Jaguar Mark VII

Jaguar Mark VII

RATING:

7 / 10

PRICE: £4000-£15,000+

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Fast Facts

  • Produced:
    1951-1954
  • Bodywork:
    Four-door saloon
  • Engine:
    Twin overhead camshaft in-line six-cylinder 3442cc160bhp; (Mark VIIM 190bhp)
  • 0-60 mph:
    14sec; (Mark VIIM 11.5sec)
  • Top Speed:
    100+mph; (Mark VIIM 105+mph)
  • MPG:
    12-18

PAST: The Mark VII saloon replaced the previous Mark V (there was no Mark VI), making its debut in October 1950. This large saloon was opulent and fast; ideal for high speed, high style motoring. The Mark VII featured a divided windscreen and ‘spats’ partially covering the rear wheels. Under the bonnet was the trusty XK120 engine. The updated, more powerful Mark VIIM arrived in 1954.

PRESENT: Still well-respected for their long haul fast cruising abilities and guaranteed to draw attention wherever they go, these big cats drive quite well. Mpg is dire but the Jag is a genuine cut-price Silver Ghost that matches the Crewe car for luxury and good taste.

FUTURE: The quality of these regal saloons will always shine through. These cars are already scarce and prices will almost certainly rise – if not jump – from current lowly levels. The downside of still cheap prices are low rent repair and restorations, so beware of bodges.