Tuesday, September 22, 2015

2015 Battle of the Brits: Jaguars

Time for another batch o'photos from last weekend's Battle of the Brits. Today we have the Jaguars. We'll set forth in more or less chronological order of manufacture:

A 1953 XK120 next to a 1966 XJ13 ... well, almost certainly an XJ13 replica, since the original one-of-one XJ13 prototype is supposedly still at the Heritage Motor Centre Museum in England. The XJ13 was a mid-engine V12 racing prototype developed in the mid-60s. It never actually raced, but it's still a great-looking car.

XKEs. I still looooove those swoopy E-Types:

There were a couple of great-looking Mark II saloons in the mix:

Also among the saloons, this 1987 XJ6 Series III, forerunner to our own beloved 1999 XJ Vanden Plas Supercharged and still one of the best-looking sedans ever made.

1976 XJ-C: That era of XJ also came as a coupe for a few years. These have really grown on me.

A V12 XJS. The XJS always got a bit of a bad rap because it came in as the successor to the incredibly lovely and successful XKE. But if you take it on its own you realize it's a pretty darn nice car.

Man, that V12 engine looks complicated.

Here's another XJS, this one from the front. They have a really pretty line.

A 2002 XKR convertible. These are pretty crazy cars, since they take the 370-hp supercharged V8 engine from the XJR sedan and cram it into two-door convertible weighing several hundred pounds less.

And hey, there was even a new Jaguar on the field, a 2015 F-Type coupe, here next to a 1994 XJS convertible:

That's a pretty car.

Which was my favorite Jaguar of the day? Well, I have to admit that it was one that wasn't on the field, but was instead parked out in the parking lot: a 1999 Jaguar Vanden Plas Supercharged Saloon.

Even after looking at great Jaguars all day long, Big Smoky still hits the spot.

P.S. Links to the other Battle of the Brits posts:

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