Jaguar

Jaguar

Established 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company: Blackpool, England

Jaguar may lack the natural romanticism of Aston Martin, having survived the dirge of BMC and British Leyland ownership from the 1960s to the mid-80s, but the marque has proved hugely significant. Jaguar brought twin-cam motoring to ubiquity with the XK series, created an international design shift with the D-Type, XKSS, and E-Type evolution, and while they were at it Jaguar won the 24 Hours of Le Mans seven times. Aston may be effortlessly romantic, but Jaguar is truly iconic.

Portrait

Jaguar D-Type Short Nose, XKD 515, 1955

The D-Type is a voluptuous form from any angle. Even in profile, the curvaceous front shoulders and deeply sculpted nose are as well formed and broad as a champion swimmer's, while the haunches are enunciated in a way that reveals a smooth, yet, powerful fluidity throughout the tail.

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Aug 19, 2017