Driven to Write (with no thought for his own safety) addresses the big one.
It’s somewhat overdue. In every Jaguar aficionado’s lifetime one has to approach X200 and try (now come on, stop giggling back there), really try to view it with something remotely akin to an objective gaze. Because for many of us, it’s the Sargasso Sea of Jaguars. The mad aunt in the attic, the great un-namable. But has sufficient time elapsed to Continue reading “What We Talk About When We Talk About the S-Type”
Second guessing Sir William on styling matters rarely succeeded. This Bertone concept was no exception.
For decades, innumerable coachbuilders tried their hand at re-imagining Jaguars with varying degrees of success. Frankly, even the best of them failed to match, never mind exceed an on-form William Lyons. After all, Jaguar’s founder and stylistic torchbearer possessed a personal vision coupled with an uncanny eye for line which not even the finest Italian carrozzeria could rival. Only Lyons really knew how to shape Jaguars – a matter which became embarrassingly clear in the aftermath of his passing. Continue reading “Coventry via Turin – 1966 Jaguar 3.8 FT by Bertone”
The 1999 Jaguar S-Type was Jaguar’s stylistic nadir, so the 2004 facelift had it all to do. Shame it came at least four years too late.
While the 2004 facelift to Jaguar’s S-Type could never fully excise the visual trauma left by its predecessor, it did re-present it in a more palatable form. It remains reasonably safe to say the original 1998 X200 was something of a stylistic dog’s dinner – hardly surprising when you Continue reading “Facelifts – Winning the Battle, Losing the War”