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Jaguar Car History

Jaguar History
Jaguar History - 1949 Jaguar XK120 Alloy Bodied Roadster

Jaguar Car History

Jaguar car pictures illustrating the history of Jaguar automobiles, from its beginning with high performance (for their times) sports/racing cars through the building of fine saloon cars and back to their roots of some of the best sports cars ever made.

1922

The Swallow Sidecar Company is founded by Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley in Blackpool, England to build sidecars for motorcycles.

1926

The company begins automobile body manufacturing, making attractive and luxurious coachword for popular makes including the Austin Seven, Morris, Standard, Fiat, Swift, and Cowley.

1927

Lyons decided to build a more stylish body for the Austin chassis and the Austin-7 was introduced.

1931

As sales increased the company moved to Coventry. At the London Motor Show of 1931, the SS class was launched, costing less than 350. The "Sidecar" part of the company's title is dropped and the company begins production of complete automobiles named the SS Model I and SS Model II. These cars were built until 1936.

1934

William Walmsley left the company.

1935

Lyons changes the company name to "Jaguar" and the cars now are named the SS Jaguar. The SS Jaguar saloon and drophead coupe were made from 1936 to 1940. Sometimes referred to as the Mark IV, they were a refinement of the model SS 1 series. 1938 was the first of the all steel pressed bodies.

1937

Jaguar entered a team of three factory SS Jaguar in the prestigious RAC Rally of 1937, unfortunately, someone driving an SS100 won the race.

1939

1939 Jaguar Cars   1939 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1945

When production was resumed after the war, the company was renamed to Jaguar Cars Ltd. and all subsequent cars carried the brand name of "Jaguar".

1948

Jaguar introduced the XK 120 Roadster at the 1948 Earls Court Motor Show. The car had a top speed of 120 mph and became renown for its superb road holding and styling plus a smooth ride.

1948 Jaguar Cars   1948 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1949

1949 Jaguar Cars   1949 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1950

1950's - Jaguar had reached a point in its history of selling only luxury and sports cars. The company also sold a great deal of its cars abroad.

1950 Jaguar Cars   1950 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1951

The first XK120 Coupe is built.

1952

1952 Jaguar Cars   1952 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1953

1953 Jaguar Cars   1953 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1954

1954 Jaguar Cars   1954 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1955

Jaguar introduced the Jaguar MK I to broaden its market at home and the XK140 roadster is introduced.

1955 Jaguar Cars   1955 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1957

1957 Jaguar Cars   1957 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1958

1958 Jaguar Cars   1958 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1959

The MK I was redesigned as the MK II with a larger glass area and new dash. It was an instant success.

1959 Jaguar Cars   1959 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1960

1960 Jaguar Cars   1960 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1961

The Jaguar E-Type was launched and became an instant classic. The car was in huge demand from 1961-75, to begin with the company struggled to meet orders. In all, 74000 cars were sold. Some say the best Jag ever made, and the old XK engine now 13 years old, was still used in the early E-Types. The 4.2 Series 1 are generally considered the best.

The Jaguar company buys the English Daimler company.

1961 Jaguar Cars   1961 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1962

1962 Jaguar Cars   1962 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1963

1963 Jaguar Cars   1963 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1964

1964 Jaguar Cars   1964 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1966

Jaguar Cars Ltd merged with BMC resulting in BMH.

1966 Jaguar Cars   1966 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1967

1967 Jaguar Cars   1967 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1968

BMH merges with Leyland/Rover forming BLMC.

1968 Jaguar Cars   1968 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1969

1969 Jaguar Cars   1969 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1970

1970 Jaguar Cars   1970 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1974

1974 Jaguar Cars   1974 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1984

Jaguar and Daimler seperate from the declining government consortium BL Ltd., forming a private company.

1985

Sir William Lyons died.

1986

1986 Jaguar Cars   1986 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1987

1987 Jaguar Cars   1987 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1989

The Ford Motor Company purchases the Jaguar company.

1989 Jaguar Cars   1989 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1994

1994 Jaguar Cars   1994 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1995

1995 Jaguar Cars   1995 Jaguar Photo Gallery

1999

Ford Motor Company forms a new division under the name Premier Automotive Group to include the brands Lincoln, Volvo, Jaguar, Daimler, Aston Martin, and in 2000, Land Rover.

2000

2000 Jaguar Cars   2000 Jaguar Photo Gallery

2006

2006 Jaguar Cars   2006 Jaguar Photo Gallery

2007

2007 Jaguar Cars   2000 Jaguar Photo Gallery

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