Classic Jaguar aims to be the definitive celebration of this most iconic of British motoring marques. It will chart the historic journey of a car maker that started life in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company in Blackpool. The company soon evolved into a Coventry based manufacturer of sports cars. With a new factory and glamorous new models, Jaguar was flying from the 1950s onwards as it exported cars like the MkVII saloon and XK120 around the world and achieved huge motorsport success at Le Mans. Classic Jaguar magazine aims to relive these golden moments, looking back in time at this magical era for Jaguar, profiling the people, the places and, crucially, the cars that made the company what it is today. With its focus on the traditional, classic models of the past, Classic Jaguar will be the perfect complement to the comprehensive coverage readers can also enjoy in Jaguar World magazine.
Happy 61st Birthday!
XK8 25TH ANNIVERSARY
ON TRACK • A pictorial view of Jaguars in competition, this time simply featuring the incomparable Goodwood Revival Meeting – 17th-19th September
PRODUCT NEWS • We catch up with the latest must-have products and accessories aimed at today’s classic Jaguar owner
A CAR FOR ALL REASONS • Road XKs are cossetted and Race XKs are trailered – Geoff Ottley’s 120 bucks the trend.
MARKET WATCH • In this regular section, we take a look at some of the most tempting cars for sale and report on others that have sold – from affordable classics through to premium-priced gems
HAVE YOUR SAY • Got something to say about anything Jaguar-related? Then we want to hear it!
WHERE IS MY XK120?
REVIEWING THE SEASON • Against the odds, the Jaguar Drivers’ Club looks back at a surprisingly busy year
CATCH-UP TIME! • If you’ve missed out on some of the previous issues of Classic Jaguar, don’t worry – it couldn’t be easier to grab some of our great back issues. We even offer free postage to UK residents and reduced shipping overseas. Check out the sample list below and then head online to: shop.kelsey.co.uk/issue/CJG
COMPACT CREATIONS • From 1955 through to the end of the ’60s, an array of compact Jaguar saloons achieved major sales success for the company, a line-up that Paul Guinness pays tribute to here
CELEBRATING HUMBLE BEGINNINGS • The Jaguar Enthusiasts' Club reveals the early origins of Jaguar and plans a fitting celebration
DAIMLER DROPHEAD LIVES THE HIGH LIFE DOWN UNDER • The stylish good looks, sweeping lines, low slung suspension and the fact that it was designed and built in England suggests only one thing – this is a Jaguar sports car. But it isn’t – does that leave you guessing?
WHAT IF? • Rudyard Kipling certainly posed a few questions in his poem, If - If I could dream, it might well have been for a Jaguar motorbike. Far-fetched? Maybe not, in fact during the war years, it very nearly happened.
THERE IS NOTHIN’ LIKE A DAIMLER • The history of Daimler goes back much further than its incarnation as an upmarket Jaguar badge. It was flirting with Royalty, V12 engines and making a name for itself long before Jaguar even existed
V12 IGNITION SYSTEM CONVERSIONS • Jaguar’s early ‘pre HE’ V12s were let down by their ignition systems – we investigate the cure
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SECRETS OF: PLATING PROCESSES • Some tips on what you need to know to restore small components to their former glory
BEHIND THE CLOSED DOORS • Only 12 ‘Lightweight’ E-types were built by Jaguar, but their fame and appeal has spread worldwide. Former Competitions Department engineer Peter Wilson tells the inside story.
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