Jaguar Model Timeline 1940-1975

1940-1944 No production during 2nd World War
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Year Sports car range
Models Manufactured
Prewar Sedan models
Re-manufactured
Notes
1945 Jaguar 1.5
Jaguar 2.5
Jaguar 3.5
After the war Jaguar re-commenced production of the pre-war SS Jaguar designs. Initially saloon cars only in all three engine sizes.
1946 Jaguar 1.5
Jaguar 2.5
Jaguar 3.5
1947 Jaguar 1.5
Jaguar 2.5
Jaguar 3.5
Drophead Coupes now available in all three engine sizes
1948 XK120 OTS Jaguar 1.5
Jaguar 2.5
Jaguar 3.5
Drophead Coupes available in all three engine sizes
XK120 Introduced at the Earls Court Motor Show. Initially intended as low production show car.
1949 XK120 OTS Jaguar 1.5
Jaguar 2.5
Jaguar 3.5
MK V
Only saloon models available of the 1.5/2.5/3.5. MK V introduced
Year Sports car range -
Models in production
Sedans  - Models  in production

 

Notes

A note on years.

New models were often introduced in September or October of the previous year (as they are now), to show at the big motor shows in Earls Court, London, or Geneva , and this is why many years have 2 models listed, where one is being phased out, and one phased in. However, a confusing thing about Jaguar as a manufacturer was their habit of introducing a new model, and "forgetting" to stop production of the previous one. There are many instances of this,  and it appeared to be  almost normal practice in the 1940's to the first half of the 1960's.   

English license plates issued since 1963 have a letter which indicates the year of registration. (for our American readers we should explain that license plates are issued when the car is first registered and normally stay with the car for life). 1963 was A, 1964 was B, 1965 was C, 1966 D and so on. The letter was initially changed on January 1st. In 1967 the change over date became October, because it was found that many people put off buying a new car until the new year because the licence plate would appear to date it as a previous years model. Thus the "F" license plates for 1968 were actually issued in October 1967.   

1950 XK120 OTS MK V
MK VII
MK VII introduced. Manufactured in parallel with MK V
1951 XK120 OTS
XK120 FHC
C-Type
Mk V
MK VII
1952 XK120 OTS
XK120 FHC
C-Type
MK VII XK120 FHC introduced
1953 XK120 OTS
XK120 DHC
XK120 FHC
C-Type
MK VII XK120 DHC introduced
1954 XK140 OTS
XK140 DHC
XK140 FHC
D-Type
MK VII
MK VIIM
XK140 replaces XK120. All 3 body styles available, MK VIIM replaces MK VII
1955 XK140 OTS
XK140 DHC
XK140 FHC
D-Type
2.4
MK VIIM
The first of the "compact" Jaguar sedans, the 2.4
1956 XK140 OTS
XK140 DHC
XK140 FHC
D-Type
XKSS
2.4
MK VIIM
MK VIII
MK VIII introduced, and in typical Jaguar fashion joins rather than replaces the MK VIIM
1957 XK140 OTS
XK140 DHC
XK140 FHC
XK150 DHC
XK150 FHC
XKSS
2.4
3.4
MK VIIM
MK VIII
The infamous factory fire in February destroyed many cars including several XKSS sports cars.  It was never manufactured again after this date   The 2.4 is joined by the 3.4

XK150 replaces XK140

1958 XK150 OTS
XK150 DHC
XK150 FHC
2.4
3.4
MK VIII
MK IX
MK IX introduced. Produced in parallel with MK VIII for several months
1959 XK150 OTS
XK150 DHC
XK150 FHC
2.4
3.4
MK II
MK VIIIB
MK IX
S model of XK150 available with straight port cylinder head and triple 2 inch carburetors. MK II models introduced to replace 2.4 and 3.4
1960 XK150 OTS
XK150 DHC
XK150 FHC
MK II
MK VIIIB
MK IX
3.8 Liter models of the XK150 also available in both standard and S form
1961 E Type 3.8 S1 Roadster
E Type 3.8 S1 Coupe
MK II
MK VIIIB
MK IX
MK X (3.8)
Introductiom of MK X and XKE (E-Type). both use the new   Jaguar independent rear suspension unit
1962 E Type 3.8 S1 Roadster
E Type 3.8 S1 Coupe
MK II
Daimler 2.5 V8
MK X (3.8)
Daimler 2.5 V8 introduced to appeal to a different market segment than the MK II on which it was based.
1963 E Type 3.8 S1 Roadster
E Type 3.8 S1 Coupe
MK II
Daimler 2.5 V8
S Type
MK X (3.8)
"S" Type introduced. Intermediate model between Mk II and MK X.
1964 E Type 4.2 S1 Roadster
E Type 4.2 S1 Coupe
E Type 4.2 2+2
MK II
Daimler 2.5 V8
S Type
MK X (3.8)
MK X (4.2)
4.2 liter engine first appears. Now fitted to both E-Type and MK X
1965 E Type 4.2 S1 Roadster
E Type 4.2 S1 Coupe
E Type 4.2 2+2
MK II
Daimler 2.5 V8
S Type
MK X (4.2)
1966 E Type 4.2 S1 Roadster
E Type 4.2 S1 Coupe
E Type 4.2 2+2
Mk II
Daimler 2.5 V8
S Type
420/Sovereign
MK X (4.2)
420G
MK X renamed 420G in September for the 1967 model year , 420 (and Daimler Sovereign) introduced as new model.
1967 E Type 4.2 S1 Roadster
E Type 4.2 S1 Coupe
E Type 4.2 2+2
Mk II
240/340
Daimler 2.5 V8
Daimler V8 250
S Type
420/Sovereign
420G
Mk II 3.8 liter discontinued in September. 2.4 and 3.4 models become the 240 and 340, and the Daimler 2.5 liter V8 is updated to the V8 250
1968 E Type S1.5 Roadster
E Type S1.5 Coupe
E Type S1.5 2+2
240/340
Daimler V8 250
S Type
Daimler Sovereign
XJ6 S1 (2.8 and 4.2)
420G
September 1968 - XJ6 Introduced in 2.8 and 4.2 models, 340,420 and S Type discontinued

Daimler Sovereign version of 420 still sold because no XJ6 version available

1969 E Type SII Roadster
E Type SII Coupe
E Type SII 2+2
240
Daimler V8 250
XJ6 Series 1
Daimler Sovereign S1
420G
240 and Daimler V8 250 discontinued in April. New Daimler Sovereign based on XJ6 design replaced the 420 based model
1970 E Type SII Roadster
E Type SII Coupe
E Type SII 2+2
XJ6 Series 1
Daimler Sovereign S1
420G
420G discontinued mid year
1971 E Type 5.3 V12 S3 Roadster and 2+2 Coupe XJ6 Series 1
Daimler Sovereign S1
Series 3 XKE introduced with the 5.3 liter V12
1972 E Type 5.3 V12 S3 Roadster and 2+2 Coupe XJ6 Series 1
XJ12 Series 1
Daimler Sovereign S1
Daimler Double 6 S1
XJ12 variant of the XJ6 introduced with the V12 motor. The Daimler version of the XJ12 is the Double 6
1973 E Type 5.3 V12 S3 Roadster and 2+2 Coupe XJ6 Series 1
XJ12 Series 1
XJ6 Series 2
XJ12 Series 2
Daimler Sovereign S1
Daimler Double 6 S1
Daimler Sovereign S2
1974 E Type 5.3 V12 S3 Roadster XJ6 Series 2
XJ12 Series 2
Daimler Sovereign S2
1975 XJ-S XJ6 Series 2
XJ12 Series 2
Daimler Sovereign S2

Vintage Classic Jaguars - Old Jaguar Car History

Jaguar is one of the most distinguished automobile manufacturers in the world. It has produced lots of outstanding cars throughout its history. Vintage and classic Jaguars are highly prized automobiles in the classic car market. Collectors of old cars are willing to pay a fortune to own well-restored and rare Jaguars from the past. For decades, these cars have been synonymous with old-world British luxury, and they are admired for their elegant styling and superior performance. Even though another auto manufacturer presently owns the Jaguar manufacturer, its cars continue to display unmistakable English refinement. To appreciate the beauty and prestige of Jaguar cars, it is important for auto enthusiasts to know the history of the Jaguar manufacturer.

The first Jaguar automobile was built by SS Cars Ltd. in 1935. This company was previously known as Swallow Sidecar Company, and it was originally a manufacturer of aluminum sidecars for motorcycles. The founder of the company was Sir William Lyons. After World War II had ended, Lyons changed the companyís name to Jaguar, so that it would not be associated with the paramilitary organization of the Nazis, which was known by the same initials. The first car that was offered after the war was a luxury sedan called Mark V, which was released in 1948. In the same year, the company also introduced its first sports car, the XK 120. This car was named after its top speed of 120 mph, and it helped Jaguar gain a reputation as a formidable manufacturer of sports cars.

In the beginning of the 1950s, Jaguar started to export luxury cars to the US. It launched the Mark VII Saloon in 1951, and it became an instant hit. This car won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956, and it was succeeded by the Mark VIII and IX in the following years. The 1960s was a golden decade for Jaguar, and it saw the introduction of some of the companyís finest models, including the E-Type Coupe, which was known as XK-E in the American market. The E-Type Coupe featured a perfect blend of refinement and performance, and it became an icon of motoring in the 1960s. Other models from this decade included the Mark X and S-Type.

Jaguar continued to enjoy great success in the 1970s with powerful coupes such as the XJ6C and XJ12C, as well as splendid grand tourer XJ-S. The XJ12 was fitted with a new V12 engine, and it became the fastest production sedan in its time. In the 1980s, the company brought performance to a new level by launching the XJ-S HE and the XJ220. The XJ220 was the first production Jaguar supercar, and it could reach a maximum speed of 217 mph. Later in the decade, Jaguar began to experience stiff competition from German auto manufacturers, and the sales of its cars were affected by unfavorable exchange rates. To deal with these adversities, the company started to look into the possibility of going into partnership with another automaker. In 1990, Ford completed a full buyout of the Jaguar manufacturer.

With Fordís financial support and influence, two powerful Jaguar sports cars were released in 1997. These cars were the XK8 and the XKR, and were powered by the AJ-V8 engine. This engine was also used in some Land Rovers. Several years later, Jaguarís traditional designs became less popular with car buyers, who were seeking more modern and cutting-edge designs. As a result, sales began to decline, and Ford decided to sell Jaguar to an Indian manufacturer called Tata in 2008. Under Tata, new models such as the XK and the XF are showing tremendous promise, as they feature a great blend of modern styling and classic charm.

Here are links to more information about Jaguarís history:

  • Jaguar Through the Years: This web page contains information about Jaguarís history as well as a list of cars produced over the years.
  • The XJ220 Story: Discover the history of one of Jaguarís great production cars, the XJ220.
  • Tata Buys Jaguar: A news article that reveals how Indian company Tata acquired Jaguar.
  • The Jaguar Mascots: Document that shows the different mascots that were used throughout the history of Jaguar.