Jaguar – a British car brand that has been producing luxurious and sporty vehicles for decades. It was founded as the swallow’s sidecar company in 1922. The company went through a series of transformations before becoming Jaguar cars in 1945. It became a part of the British motor corporation in 1966, but Jaguar went out on their own in 1984 before being purchased by Ford in 1990.
Jaguar has consistently presented some of the classiest most luxurious and best design cars on the market. Their cars are driven by royalty celebrities and successful people all over the world. So let’s take a closer look at this popular car brand with the 5 things you didn’t know about Jaguar. So let’s dive in;
Motorcycle Sidecar Company
Jaguar started as a motorcycle sidecar company. The company that eventually become known as Jaguar originated in 1922 as the swallow’s sidecar company. They specialized in making motorcycle sidecars before coming under the ownership of the SS Car Company where they started making complete cars many of which had Jaguar in the model name. In 1945, SS cars shareholders agreed to change the name to Jaguar cars because it was a much more distinctive name and because SS had a negative association after World War Two.
Models are Tested Thoroughly
Jaguar model is thoroughly tested in state-of-the-art climate chambers. Jaguar wants to make sure their cars are ready for all climate conditions. So each model is thoroughly tested in their high tech climate chamber. This involves the car being frozen at -40 degrees Celsius being, they’re exposed to hurricane strength winds and enduring 50 plus degrees Celsius and powerful solar loads you might expect with the hottest desert. The car also undergoes a monsoon sub tests and 16-hour drizzle test to check for water tightness.
Jaguar used in the Bond film ‘Die another Day’ is on Display in a Museum
In 2002, in James Bond film Die another Day – a customized Jaguar XKR was featured prominently as the vehicle of the lead henchman. It was equipped with front grill machine guns, door panel missiles, a rear mounted Gatling gun and boot mounted motors. The vehicle is now on display at the national motor museum in the village of blue in England.
Extensive Precautions Taken when Transported to Dealerships
When Jaguars are being loaded onto trains to be shipped to dealerships, the fleet of drivers involved takes comprehensive measures to prevent any last second scratches. The drivers are not allowed to wear belts or any buckles on their clothing, and they even removed the metal shoelace eyelets from their shoes. They are also not allowed to touch the exterior of the car.
1955 Jaguar D-Type Sold for $21 Million
The most expensive Jaguar ever sold at auction was 1955 Jaguar D-Type that sold in 2016 at an auction in Monterey, California. The D-Type was the legendary overall winner of 1956 24-hour live on race. The race car had only to private owners after the race, and it is the only Lamond winning C or D type that has remained intact and in original condition.
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