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

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 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 car hit the market it earned high ranks for its gorgeous lines and excellent performance, but it also scored well in value. With a 150 mile per hour top speed, this grand tourer has long been favored by racers and pleasure motorists alike. The E-Type remained in production through 1975. 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
March 26, 2008 – Ford sells Jaguar & Land Rover
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March 26, 2008 – Ford sells Jaguar & Land Rover

Tata Motors, a part of Indian conglomerate Tata Group, closed a deal to purchase Jaguar and Land Rover from Ford Motor Company on this day in 2008 for $2.3 billion. This was about half of what Ford purchased them for several years earlier. Under the terms of the deal, Ford was to return Tata up to $600 million once the sale closed to make up for shortfalls in the two brands’ pension plans.  Above: 2008 Jaguar XF by Michael Kumm CC2.0Top: 2008 Land Rover Range Rover by Michael Kumm CC2.0 At the time of the purchase, Tata Group was focused on overseas acquisitions of everything from coffee companies to manufacturing businesses. Tata had no intention of making any major changes to either Land Rover or Jaguar, nor would it affect the jobs of the 16,000 people employed by the automakers....