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April 4, 1996 – Jaguar introduces the XK8
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April 4, 1996 – Jaguar introduces the XK8

2004 Jaguar XK8. By Sicnag - CC BY 2.0 Jaguar introduced a new kitten to their litter on this day in 1996 at the New York Auto Show. The Jaguar XK8, project code X100, was a grand touring model and the first car of the new XK series, although it borrowed lettering from earlier models such as the original XK150 and XK-E. The XK8 was available as a coupe or convertible and featured Jaguar’s new AJ-V8 4.0 litre engine. The XK8 replaced the XJ-S, which had been in production since 1976. While the XK8 was manufactured through the 2006 model year, the XK series wouldn’t meet the end of production until July of 2014. 
March 26, 2008 – Ford sells Jaguar & Land Rover
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March 26, 2008 – Ford sells Jaguar & Land Rover

On this day in 2006, Ford named Tata Motors, a part of conglomerate Tata Group, as the preferred bidder to purchase Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company. The deal closed the following June to the tune of $2.3 billion. This was about half of what Ford purchased them in 2000. Under the terms of the deal, Ford also had to return Tata up to $600 million following the sale to make up for any shortfalls in the two brands’ pension plans. Ford offloaded the brands during a major company overhaul following a two year loss of $15 billion. Above: Ford era Land Rover Range RoverTop: 2008 Jaguar XF At the time of the purchase, Tata Group focused on overseas acquisitions of everything from coffee companies to manufacturing businesses. Tata had no intention of making any major changes...
March 15, 1961 – Jaguar E-Type is Released
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March 15, 1961 – Jaguar E-Type is Released

Upon its release on this day in 1961, Enzo Ferrari called the Jaguar E-Type "The most beautiful car ever made." When the grand-tourer hit the market it earned high remarks for its flowing lines and excellent performance, but it also scored well in value. Based on Jaguar's LeMans winning D-Type, which won the 24 hour race three years in a row, the E-Type incorporated racing bones with comfort, luxury and style. It's since been ranked by numerous historians, writers and publications as one of, if not the, most gorgeous car ever produced. Above: 1967 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 roadster. Top: 1964 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 Coupe. Both photos by By DeFacto - CC BY-SA 4.0 Jaguar E-Type Series 1 The first E-Type series featured a 3.8L inline six connected to a four speed gearbox. Jaguar cl...
September 4, 1922 – The beginning of Jaguar
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September 4, 1922 – The beginning of Jaguar

When motorcycle enthusiasts William Lyons and William Walmsley founded Swallow Sidecar Company on this day in 1922 they hadn’t mentioned any intentions of getting into the automobile business. But as their sidecar business expanded, they purchased a large building that provided them space to offer auto repair, painting and upholstery work. They soon added coach building to their business.  Above: 1931 Austin 7 Swallow Saloon. CC BY 2.0. Top: William Walmsley & Williams Lyons (in sidecar) The first car they designed that sold in high quantities was the Austin 7 Swallow, introduced in May of 1927. This was a rebodied Austin 7 with coachwork by Swallow Side Car. It featured a two-tone color scheme and appeared similar to more expensive cars of the era, yet cost just £175. Some...

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