Old Jaguar Classic Cars Built in England

Jaguar XKE
Jaguar XKE

Jaguar classic cars are considered one of the most collectable cars in today’s collector car market. Jaguar cars have been produced since the 1930’s. The creators of Jaguar, Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley, started business as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922. They produced a popular line of aluminum motorcycle sidecars. Swallow eventually switched its primary production to automobiles and changed its name to SS cars Ltd. In 1935, the first vehicle using the Jaguar name was called the SS Jaguar 100.

After World War II, SS Cars changed its name to Jaguar to prevent the company from being associated with the infamous Nazi SS. The first post war car produced by Jaguar was the 1948 model Mark V luxury sedan. Soon the Jaguar XK120 sport car was produced and became the world’s fastest production automobile of its day. The Jaguar XK120 helped Jaguar create a strong presence in the sports car market.

Soon Jaguar began exporting their cars to the United States. In the 1950’s, Jaguar won first place at the Monte Carlo Rally. Over the years, Jaguar has won an impressive total of 7 victories in the Lemans 24 Hour Endurance Race.

Jaguar reached its zenith in the 1960’s and 1970’s. It had introduced the Jaguar XKE coupe to the American market. The Jaguar XKE combined performance and refinement into one very sexy sports car. Later a V-12 engine to replace the inline 6 cylinder engine was introduced in 1971.

In the 1980’s Jaguar faced increased competition from the German automakers. Their popularity began to wane and they were eventually bought by Ford Motor Company in 1989. Later Ford began to struggle financially and sold Jaguar to the Indian auto manufacturer, Tata, in 2008.

Jaguar is still being produced today and is still considered to be a fast and very sexy luxury automobile. The cars listed below were the production cars built during the heyday of the Jaguar rise to prominence. Watch for the Jaguar factory entries in the 2010 Lemans 24 Hour Endurance Race.

Jaguar XKE

Jaguar introduced the Jaguar E-Type (called the XKE in the United States) at the 1961 Geneva Auto Show. The XKE was an instant success and absolutely stole the show. In the early 1960’s the Jaguar XKE was immortalized in the Jan and Dean’s song, “Dead Man’s Curve.” The XKE was produced from 1961 until 1975. It sold at the time for slightly more than a Corvette. It gave the buyer European luxury with brute power and speed. In the early years of production Jaguar had a difficult time keeping up with the demand. It could be bought in a stylish coupe model or a sporty roadster. Its design followed closely the Jaguar race car design but used many stock production car parts to hold the cost down. It was equipped with 4 wheel disc brakes, all wheel independent suspension and was the fastest production car in the world with a top speed of 150 mph. No wonder this was the best selling Jaguar of all time.

1974 Jaguar V12 Roadster

Jaguar XK120

After World War II many different British sports cars were exported to the United States. One of the most notable was the Jaguar XK120. Jaguar had built the SS-100 sports cars before the war but decided a new model was needed. Jaguar was developing a powerful new inline 6 cylinder engine for their sedan and decided to use the XK120 as a test bed for the engine.

The introduction of the XK120 came at the Earls Court motor show in London in 1948. The crowd was awestruck by the sleek little roadster with its powerful engine and the predicted 120 mph top speed. The new Jaguar was priced at $2,500 at the time. Most of the experts said that it would never come to market at that ridiculously low price.

In an effort to prove the car’s speed and reliability, the factory created the Jaguar XK120C (the C for competition) model. The XK120C model won the Lemans 24 Hour Endurance Race in 1951 and 1953.

Jaguar XK120 model was produced from 1948 to 1954. Over 17,000 cars were made during this period. Current auction prices for a restored version of these cars are about $70,000 to $90,000.

Jaguar XK120

Jaguar XK140

In 1954 Jaguar introduced the Jaguar XK140 model. Jaguar felt it was time to upgrade their popular XK120 model. It was similar in many ways to XK120 but had major improvements in creature comforts as well as performance. The horse power was increased to 190hp from 160hp. An optional high performance engine was offered with the XK120C racing cylinder heads, which raised the engine to 210hp. Exterior changes included: stronger bumpers were added to the body, front turn signal lights were integrated into the front fenders, and a chrome strip was added to the trunk. Handling was improved with better brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel and modern tube type shock absorbers. The engine and firewall was moved forward 3 inches to give the driver and passenger more leg room. This change also improved handling. Production of this car ended in 1957. The factory produced about 8,800 examples of this model.

Jaguar XK140

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Jaguar XK150

The Jaguar XK150 was produced from 1957 until 1960. The XK150 was radically modernized over the XK120 and XK140. The old two piece windshield was replaced with a one piece unit. The car was lengthened 4 inches. This gave more leg room in the interior. Thinner doors also gave the car more interior room. The old drum brakes were replaced with 4 wheel disc brakes. The wood interior was replaced by leather trim.

In early models the engine remained pretty much unchanged. This caused the early XK150 to be slower than their predecessor due to the additional weight of the larger body. In 1958 this was corrected by introducing a XK150S with modifications to the engine raising the horsepower to 250 hp. In 1960 the engine was enlarged to 3.8 liter from the original 3.4 liter. This engine produced 265 hp. In 1959 the reported top speed for this car was 135mph.

Production of this model ended in October of 1960. A little over 9,300 units were produced.

Jaguar XK150 S

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Mutiny92 6 years ago from Arlington, VA

I love old Jag's!

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barryrutherford 6 years ago from Queensland Australia

More on my favourite the 'E' Type please !

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

Mutiny92, Thanks for the comment. The HubMob said write something English and Jag's are the first thing that jumps into my head. I'm a big fan of these old cars.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

barryrutherford, Thanks for the comment. I know how you feel. I have wanted an XFE since they came out. When the V-12 version came out I had to be dragged off the dealers lot. When they were cheap I couldn't afford one. Now that I came afford one they're no longer cheap!

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mulberry1 6 years ago

Nice cars, even the 74 roaster looked like a lot of fun.

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Internetwriter62 6 years ago from Marco Island, Florida

Very informative hub TnFlash. I love Jags I only wish I could afford one. They offer the best of both worlds, they are both a luxury and sports car at the same time. Excellent work.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

mulberry1 & internetwriter62, Thank you for the nice comments. I too wish I could afford one.

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iantoPF 6 years ago from Sunny California

I enjoyed reading this Hub. I love jaguars and there is something about them that speaks of both youth and affluence.

Shame though how both America and the UK have lost their manufacturing base to China and India.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

iantoPF, Thanks for the comment. I love Jaguars too. I don't think we lost our manufacturing base. I think we gave it away.

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Amber Allen 6 years ago

Great hub! My favorite Jag has to be the E-type.


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Pamela99 6 years ago from United States

Jack, Great hub. I've always liked the Jags. So classy.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

Amber Allen, Thanks for the comment. The E type is my favorite also.

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

Pam, Thanks for the comment. Jags have always been cool cars. Are you enjoying the cruise?

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prettydarkhorse 6 years ago from US

wow, hehe, Can I have one of those, truly collectible cars! Maita

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

PrettyDarkHorse, Thanks for the comment. I'll send you one just after I get mine.

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rebu 6 years ago from Coorg,India

WOW ! i like the Jags..planning to hv one!!

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

rebu, Thanks for the comment. Yes, Jags are definitely beautiful automobiles. I'd like to own one myself.

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GmaGoldie 6 years ago from Madison, Wisconsin

My best friend loves this car and I have learned to love it too! The sad part is the interior of the Jaguar is a work of art in itself. Great Hub!

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

GMAGoldie, Thanks for the comment. I've been a Jaguar fan for years.

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agvulpes 6 years ago from Australia

TnFlash, like most Aussie men that had red blood running through their veins, when the Jaguar E type hit our shores I thought that the end of car styling had arrived!

I thought it was the most beautiful piece of machinery I had ever seen and to be quite honest it still ranks right up there!

I agree with the others "Great Hub"

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

aguipes, Thanks for the comment and compliment on my Hub. I agree with you totally about the styling of the E type.

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katiem2 6 years ago from I'm outta here

I'll take the first green one. OMG I love the Jaguar, it's my tippy top favorite car, dream car at the moment, but one day... Jaguar Classic Cars from England is a dream of a hub. thanks and peace :)

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

katiem2, Thanks for the comment. I agree with you. Jags are some really beautiful and sexy cars.

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EpicNoob 6 years ago

These classic Jags look out of this world. It's a shame that the newer models are slowly beginning to look like everything else. I think the last classics were the XK and S Type.

Great hub, voted up. ;)

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TnFlash 6 years ago from Tampa, Florida Author

EpicNoob, This for the comment! I agree will you the XK and S types are the pick of the litter. The XK's timeless lines will forever be a classic.

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