The 1954 Jaguar XK120 M Roadster was the US specification version of the famous XK Jaguar model, the 3.4 SE engine was an inline 6 cylinder capable of producing 180hp at 5300RPM. This power plant was advanced for the day and same basic engine design remained in production for decades after it was originally introduced.
The SS Jaguar 100 2½-Litre Roadster was the first car to wear the name “Jaguar” and set the trend for the company post-WW2, up until 1945 the company had been called SS Cars Ltd but in the post-Nazi-SS climate of 1945 it was universally agreed that the company should be named after its most famous model.
The Jaguar XJ220 is one of those cars that helped define a decade, it was first shown to the general public in 1988 at the Birmingham Motor Show where it lit up the automotive press from England to New Zealand.
This fantastic footage was shot onboard a Jaguar D-Type being driven by Mike Hawthorn in 1956. It’s an great look at the Le Mans circuit as it was in 1956, it’s strange to see cyclists and civilian motorists out on the road – in fact Mike nearly wipes a couple of them out during the filming of this segment.