Jaguar was established in 1922 as the Swallow Sidecar Company, a maker of motorcycle sidecars which eventually ventured into building coaches. The first Jaguars bore the SS initials until after the World War II when its moniker was changed to Jaguar. The brand is now under the umbrella of a world-renowned British multinational car manufacturer.the Jaguar Land Rover.
Since then, the Jaguar marque has always been known for its luxurious, beautifully styled cars. Though its early models earned as much praise as they did criticism, it managed to survive, making sure the industry feel its presence every step of the way. Here are Jaguar\'s older models that helped solidify the ground it is stepping on now in the ever-competitive sports car and luxury segments of the automotive market:
Launched as a sensationally beautiful and avant-garde open two-seater roadster, the XK120 has stolen the scene in the 1948 London motor show. Since the prototype became a sensation, Jaguar big bosses felt the pressure to immediately put the car into production. The first 242 units came with wood-framed open 2-seater bodies featuring aluminum panels. In early 1950, the marque decided to shift to all-steel body. The .120. in its name represents the aluminum car\'s top speed of 120 mph, making it the world\'s fastest production car at that time. With such speed, gorgeous styling, and beautifully laid-out Jaguar parts and accessories, the XK120 became ever so popular that it contributed a lot in establishing Jaguar\'s strong foothold on the sports car market.
Jaguar Mark VII
If the XK120 did the magic on the sports car segment, it was the Mark VII that made Jaguar well known in the high-performance luxury saloon division. With a top-speed of 101mph, the Mark VII was recognized as the world\'s fastest production saloon car at the time. This unparalleled performance was combined with roomy cabin, sophisticated styling, excellent handling, and well-appointed interior loaded with top-of-the-line features and Jaguar accessories that made the cabin a stylish, comfortable haven for five passengers. Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother was among the famous owners of the Jaguar Mark VII.
A sports car that\'s considered as one of the most beautifully designed vehicles of all time, the Jaguar E-Type made the marque and icon of 1960s motoring. This model is so good-looking that in March 2008, it ranked first in The Daily Telegraph\'s online list of the world\'s 100 Most Beautiful Cars of all time. In 2004, the Sports Car International magazine also ranked the E-Type first on their list of Top Sports Cars of the 1960s. The E-Type was produced in three series and in two Limited Edition variants from 1961 to 1975.
The first E-Types, which were fitted with external bonnet latches and included a flat-floor design, were rare and more valuable than their successors. All E-Types took pride in being equipped with advanced Jaguar parts such as the independent coil spring rear suspension featuring torsion bar front ends and four-wheel disc brakes.
Jaguar is continuously working hard, pushing the boundaries of what\'s possible to provide the industry with vehicles that sport an ideal combination of beauty and performance to set new benchmarks. In times of repairs and replacement, Jaguar owners need not worry because the brand\'s popularity has made way for a wide variety of Jaguar spare parts, as well as aftermarket Jaguar parts and accessories in most auto-parts shops across the globe. There is also a huge selection of Jaguar parts online for those who have embraced the convenience of online shopping.