Lost in the shuffle of the Jaguar XE launch on Monday, Jaguar worked with Design Director Ian Callum, Goodwood Festival of Speed founder Lord March, and AC/DC frontman and insane car collector Brian Johnson to come up with a list of the Perfect Ten Jaguars throughout the company’s history. Jaguar released some gorgeous photography and a film to go along with the selection.
The Perfect Ten Jaguars span eight decades, from the SS100 to the Le Mans-winning XJR-9 of 1988. Some are simply gorgeous examples of a line of cars, while others are highly specific registration numbers, with irreplaceable history:
Jaguar’s first 100mph production car.
XK120 – Registration NUB 120
Perhaps the most famous XK120 in the world. Driven by Ian Appleyard and Pat Lyons (daughter of Sir William Lyons) to numerous rally wins in the 1950s, including the Alpine Rallye des Alpes in 1950 and 1951.
C-type – Registration NDU 289
Original entry in the 1953 Mille Miglia, and one of just 54 cars built.
D-type – Registration 393 RW
This penultimate D-type won the 12 hours race at Reims driven, by Hamilton and Bueb, and was sixth at Le Mans with the same driver pairing.
A great example of the legendary sporting saloon for which Jaguar has become globally renowned, and the genesis of the brand-new XE.
E-type – Registration 77 RW
The Jaguar ‘Works’ press car, famously driven overnight by Norman Dewis to Geneva for its Motor Show debut to great fanfare. This was the first production Jaguar to reach 150 mph, and is the earliest surviving E-type Roadster.
Only one example of this car was built, being the first Jaguar to use the V12 engine. The XJ13 was built for – but never raced at – Le Mans, and was designed by Malcolm Sayer.
Car of the Year when launched in 1968, this particular XJ6 was Sir William Lyons’ personal car.
Tom Walkinshaw was very successful in motorsport for Jaguar in the 1980s and returned Jaguar to the podium with the racing version of the legendary XJS winning the European Touring Car Championship.
Tom Walkinshaw won Le Mans in 1988 with this very car, in one of Jaguar’s seven victories in the famous endurance race.
Commenting on his perfect Jaguar, Lord March said, “For me it has to be the D-type. Way ahead of its time, the D-type looks as good today as it did when it was first revealed 60 years ago, and I really can’t wait to see a grid full of D-types racing at this year’s Goodwood Revival in mid-September to mark this landmark anniversary in style.”
Brian Johnson, the AC/DC singer commented, “The Jaguar C-type takes some beating for me. Its purity and speed are exceptional today and must have been simply mind-boggling in the early 1950s!”
Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars agrees, “The shape of the C-type has a simplicity and purity that have rarely been bettered, and have helped form the beauty and elegance of some many subsequent Jaguar models. It’s a gem.”
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