For 2018, we are thrilled that the Footman James Concours d’Elegance will be celebrating the Best of British cars, and the first marque we have to announce is Jaguar.
Jaguar cars are an iconic part of British motor history, but the name itself was not adopted until 1945. Prior to this, the company was known as SS Limited, although many cars bore Jaguar as a model name. The first of the two cars we have from Jaguar is one such vehicle- the SS1 Coupe.
This particular SS1 was manufactured on 13th February 1933 in Coventry and bought by Mr E M Bowden of London. It then passed onto Miss Betty Foley of Portsmouth, and she owned it until 1973. It was then bought by the present owner, who began to restore the car in 2001. Since completion in 2009, the car has exhibited many times, and won, amongst other titles, the Club Trophy, Jaguar Trophy and the Jaguar Heritage Trophy at the Holyrood House Concours d’Elegance. The panel included HRH Prince Michael of Kent, and the judges were unanimous in their decision.
The more modern of the two Jaguars at the Concours is the 2015 Jaguar Project 7. The Project 7 is a limited-edition sports car, with only 250 produced worldwide. The name was inspired by the 7 times that Jaguar has won the Le Mans 24-hour race, and the designers brief was to modernise the D-type that achieved 3 of those wins in the 1950s. The Project 7 has an approximate top speed of 186, and can accelerate 0-60 in 3.8 seconds.
The Project 7 is the fastest and most powerful Jaguar to have been produced so far, and these two cars perfectly showcase the marque’s history as Best of British.
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