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Jaguar XJC Celebrates 40 Years

Posted by JDCSA on September 18, 2014 at 5:15 AM


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The XJC Story

The XJC is a two door version of the XJ6 four door saloon. When Sir William Lyons began styling exercises for the new XJ models in the mid 1960’s, it was obvious that he had notions of a two door coupe in mind for eventual production. Many of these early styling mock-ups were based on the coupe theme in various shapes, forms and sizes, and the XJC was the last Jaguar car to be designed and built by Sir William Lyons.

The two door coupe is based on the shorter wheelbase XJ Series l platform and was clearly meant to be the sporty version of the XJ models. In the UK, Europe, South Africa, New Zealand and Australia they were offered in four versions: Jaguar 4.2C; Jaguar 5.3C; Daimler Sovereign and the Daimler Double Six.

All coupes were equipped with a black vinyl roof as standard equipment. Most likely it was because the marketing folks insisted on it, as vinyl roofs were the flavour of the month in the automotive industry at that time. Whatever the case, many present day owners have chosen to remove this feature. XJCs are extremely well proportioned with the styling of the pillarless coupe giving a sense of ‘openness’ that is often associated with a convertible.

Sadly the production of the XJC was all too short. After commencement in 1975 the last of these great vehicles rolled off the line in November 1977. Paradoxically this has helped the XJC to become the rare collectible classic it is today, although prices have never reached the dizzy heights achieved by the E Type. It remains one of, if not the best value for money classic cars available today. To this day, the XJC is Jaguars only two-door fixed head coupe saloon.

Jaguar never produced the XJC in convertible form. However a number coach building companies as well as some private individuals produced modified XJC in convertible form.

(Information selected from www.XJC.com.au)

A group of enthusiasts (Jaguar Club members) are organising an event to celebrate the 40th Anniversary of the commencement of XJC production in 1975 - "an XJC muster" to take place in Echuca VIC, from Friday the 16th till Sunday the 18th of October, 2015.

All Jaguar and Daimler XJC owners are cordially invited to attend. We are seeking expressions of interest so we may best organise accommodation and dining venues, so we invite interested members to please contact us and register your interest.

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Jaguar D-type - 60th Anniversary

Posted by JDCSA on April 1, 2014 at 7:50 AM

Just as 2013 was dominated by the launch of the F-TYPE convertible, so the attention will shift this year to the new coupé version which goes on sale in March.  From a Heritage point of view, the big event that will go hand in hand with this is the 60th anniversary of the Jaguar D-type. 

In the 1950s, the D-type played a pivotal role in establishing Jaguar’s motorsport credentials on the most demanding race circuits around the world.  Now, sixty years later, the new F-TYPE coupé is set to redefine the Jaguar sportscar for the 21st century – possibly paving the way for another return to motorsport.  Who knows…?

The first prototypes were completed in May 1954 and taken straight to Le Mans where development driver Norman Dewis broke the lap record by five clear seconds!  In the race itself a month later, three D-types were entered but had a frustrating race suffering from some contaminated fuel.  Once the problem had been diagnosed and fixed, one of the cars driven by Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt set off in pursuit of the leading Ferraris.  They finished just 1m 45s behind the winning Ferrari after 24 hours of hard fought racing – during which the D-type had demonstrated its superior aerodynamics by recording a maximum speed of 172.8mph on the Mulsanne straight, over 10mph faster than the Ferraris.

From that point on there was no stopping the D-type.  It recorded its first race victory just a few weeks later in the 12 hour race at Reims driven by Peter Whitehead and Ken Wharton. 

Enhanced with long nose bodywork and uprated engines, it went on to achieve many other famous race wins. These included the 1955 Sebring 12 hour race in the USA and the ill-fated Le Mans 24 hour race of that year; further victories were won by D-types at Le Mans in 1956 and 1957 in the hands of the privately run Ecurie Ecosse team, with the best ever result being the 1st, 2nd, 3rd, 4th and 6th places achieved in 1957.  

Plans are already taking shape for a number of events and activities during the year at which this historic car’s 60th birthday can be celebrated. Jaguar Heritage is fortunate to own two D-types, the original 1954 prototype chassis XKC-401 (registration OVC 501) and a 1956 long nose version chassis XKD-605.  This well-known car, 393 RW, won the 12 hour race at Reims in 1956 on its maiden outing driven by Duncan Hamilton and Ivor Bueb and was the works car that finished 6th at Le Mans that year driven by Bueb again together with Mike Hawthorn.

Recent Events:

Starting the New Year with a bang was the Autosport International show at Birmingham’s NEC, which took place from January 9-12.  This annual curtain raiser is a showcase for the worlds of motorsport and performance vehicles with a live action arena where celebrity race drivers and an array of the best driver’s cars are put through their paces. 

The performance car media were there in force and Jaguar Heritage was asked to supply a couple of cars from its collection to add colour and interest to the displays of both PistonHeads.com and Evo magazine. 

PistonHeads (along with Autocar) was one of the sponsors of the Performance Car Show – which runs alongside Autosport International - and had a large display of classic high performance road cars tagged as ‘PistonHeads Heroes’.  Amongst these was Jaguar Heritage’s 1954 D-type prototype, making its maiden public appearance in this 60th anniversary year.


The text  in this article has been reproduced from the JAGUAR HERITAGE NEWS—JANUARY 2014 REPORT and is used with permission.—Ed.



SS Register Celebrates 40 Years

Posted by JDCSA on April 1, 2014 at 7:40 AM


At the first event run by the JDCSA, a show of cars at Belair National Park, Brian Rowse met Murray Lindner and myself. Brian had met Ian Mullens from the Victorian Club who suggested we look at forming a Register with the view of exchange of parts and ideas.

With approval sought from the JDCA Committee to start proceedings the first Register meeting was held on 18th April 1974. At this stage it was SS and MK IV`s only. Brian was elected secretary but then moved to Queensland in August. Des Brown and myself are the only members left from that meeting. Malcolm Adamson joined in June 1974 and volunteered to be secretary from August 1974 to September 1979. At the October meeting MKV owners joined the Register.

As a result of the Victorian Register a border run was organised by Keith Bell to be held at Swan Hill August 1975. The first of many such runs up to 1980 when they faded out for a few years. The South Australians kept the runs going to places like James Town, Renmark and Victor Harbour etc. The Border Run took off again in 1991 when Keith Bell once again organised a run to Swan Hill.

The Border Run now includes meeting with all State clubs (except WA) every third year. Last year it was held by the Queensland Club with 47 cars attending the weekend in Dubbo.

The first hosting of the JDCSA by the Register was a wine and cheese tasting at the Tanunda Oval where 60 members attended.

As parts for our cards are not readily available the contact with the people attending these runs is important. We can exchange reproduced parts, for instance Head Caskets from Queensland, Cam Followers from Victoria, Water Pumps from South Australia as well as Water Rails produced here. Information about what parts can be adapted from other cars, i.e. Ferguson Tractor Main Bearings or Chev 350 Mains. Some hoses can also be used.

Over the 40 years many friendships have been formed both here and interstate which all started by me when Murray Lindner bought a MK4 which I helped him restore. That’s when I bought my first Jaguar, also a MKIV, so we could work out what went where on Murray’s load of bits.

Ten Jaguars later (and yes still married to Ann!) I am still happily into Jaguars. Wouldn’t have missed it for quids.





Malcolm Adamson's Mark IV  DHC



New Baby Jaguar - Jaguar XE

Posted by JDCSA on April 1, 2014 at 7:35 AM

First spy shots of the baby Jaguar—Jaguar XE (2014)

By Ollie Kew and Phil McNamara—Spy shots - 25 February 2014

This is the long-awaited Jaguar small saloon car, confirmed to be called XE. We’ve spied Jaguar testing elements of the car in hacked-about XF test mules, but that’s all over now.

This is the actual car, and CAR is first to clap eyes on it. Jaguar is testing the XE on British roads – and these are the first pictures.

Jaguar XE – the styling

It’s clear the XE is no shrunken XF. The compact front overhang and chopped backside give the baby Jag an agile, dynamic look in profile. The slim LED headlights and grille are low-set for a snouty feline face, but the bonnet actually rises quite high – blame pedestrian impact legislation for that feature.

Jaguar has disguised the car’s roofline with a fake rear section to make its new baby look boxier than it really is. Don’t be fooled by the Skoda Superb rear pillar, however. A closer look at that steeply raked rear screen reveals the true nature of that seductive roofline, tailing off to a pert bootlid with a small upturned lip at its edge.

Taillights wrap around into the sides of the car, as per the XF saloon and F-type sports car. The bold ‘shelf’ down the car’s flanks hides a more subtle styling line that fires down the side of the car from a front wing vent, again following F-type cues.

So it should be a looker, the baby Jag?

Indeed – it’s based on the same ‘iQ Al’ aluminium platform as Jaguar’s forthcoming 4x4, previewed by the C-X17 SUV concept shown at the 2013 Frankfurt motor show (pictured, right). The well-received design will donate many cues to the X760, including the muscular bonnet, squared-off grille, and big alloys – an Ian Callum classic formula.

Jaguar says it hasn’t pursued a BMW 4-series Gran Coupe/Audi A5 Sportback template for the XE – a true four-door ‘coupe’ could arrive later instead, along with a drop-top XE cabriolet.

What else do we know about the Jaguar X760?

The range will stretch from a four-cylinder turbo diesel good for 99g/km to a supercharged 550bhp V8 ‘R’ model that’s capable of 186mph. Using aluminium rather than steel for the body saves Jaguar around 100kg, allowing the British-built engines from Jaguar’s new £500m Wolverhampton facility to offer optimum frugality and performance.

The entry-level car is purported to cost less than £30,000 – a BMW 320d saloon makes the cut at £28,410.

And no, it won’t be called X-type: the badge of the folly from last decade conjures up too many negative connotations. With Jaguar looking to build on its 19 per cent sales rise in 2013, which saw it sell 425,000 cars, a fresh start with a new name is needed.

With a sumptuous XJ-inspired cabin, refreshing styling and massive investment in chassis and powertrain tech, the new baby Jag will enter the small sports saloon party with a bang in late 2014. Over to you, Jaguar…





JDCSA Appoints New Patron

Posted by JDCSA on September 21, 2012 at 9:40 AM

 11 September 2012

Dear Members


It is with great pleasure that I inform you of the recent appointment of Ian Webber, AO, to the position of Patron of our Club.

In accordance with the Club Constitutionthe the Executive Committee put his name forward for approval by the members present at the General Meeting held on 4 September 2012. The recommendation was accepted by unanimous vote.

Ian comes to us with a vast experience in the motor industry and other related fields and is a keen motoring enthusiast. He has a small collection of classic cars and has just recently become the proud owner of a new Jaguar XF 2.2 Litre Diesel.

Please find below a brief personal history outlining Ian’s background and achievements.

I am sure you will all join me in welcoming Ian and his wife Chris to the JDCSA and look forward to a long and happy association together.

With kind regards

Peter Holland




Ian Webber spent many years in the automotive industry, after graduating as a mechanical engineer from Adelaide University.  He was the first Australian Managing Director of Chrysler Australia and the first Managing Director of Mitsubishi Motors Australia. 

He subsequently joined Mayne Nickless, one of Australia’s largest transport companies, where he was appointed Managing Director in 1981.He was involved in the acquisition of a number of large transport companies in the UK, USA and Canada.  Following his retirement in 1991 he assumed the Chairmanship of Mayne Nickless and joined the boards of a number of public companies including Pacific Dunlop, Santos and WMC.  He was a member of the General Motors Australian Advisory Council for many years, and was Chairman of United Australian Automotive Industries, the joint venture between Holden and Toyota. He has been active in civic affairs, chairing SA Business Vision 2010, an organization dedicated to the improvement of South Australia’s economy through collaboration between government, business and the wider community. 

He is married to Christine, and has three daughters and seven grandchildren.  His hobbies are oil painting and car restoration.

He was appointed an Officer in the Order of Australiain 1991 for services to the transport industry.


New Jaguar C-X16 Released - The new Jaguar sports car

Posted by JDCSA on September 7, 2011 at 5:45 AM

To be released at the Frankfurt Motor Show - 13/9/2011

Full Details are here:


Historic Registration / Membership Fees Now Due

Posted by JDCSA on July 31, 2011 at 2:05 AM

Members with log books who have not renewed by 31st July 2011 are no longer able to legally drive their Vehicles on Historic Registration.

On the 1st August each year the Club is obliged to notify the Register of Motor Vehicles in writing of any Members with log books who have not renewed their Membership.

JDCSA Secretary


Jaguar / Williams F1 C-X75 - Production To Begin 2013

Posted by JDCSA on May 7, 2011 at 7:12 AM


Jaguar can today confirm that it will launch the remarkable C-X75 concept car as an exclusive hybrid supercar.

Jaguar C-X75 will become the British marque's most advanced model to date. It will offer performance on a par with the fastest production cars on the market, while adopting cutting-edge technology that offers remarkably economical running. Jaguar expects this hybrid supercar to deliver incredibly low CO2 emissions of less than 99g/km while being able to achieve in excess of 200mph.

“People expect Jaguar to be innovators - that is when Jaguar is at its best,” said Adrian Hallmark, Jaguar Brand Director. “The C-X75 received an incredible reception as a concept car. We've been building on that momentum and there is a clear business case for this exclusive halo model. No other vehicle will better signify Jaguar's renewed confidence and excellence in technological innovation than this.”

Project C-X75 will be the ultimate expression of Jaguar design and engineering innovation. This high-performance hybrid supercar will stay true to the initial concept design study that made its debut at the 2010 Paris motor show, while fulfilling requirements that allow it to be homologated for road use.

“We were always determined that the Jaguar C-X75 would be as striking on the road as it was in concept form,” said Ian Callum, Director of Design, Jaguar Cars. “This will be the finest looking and most innovative Jaguar ever produced. Even in the world of supercars, we can still produce the most beautiful.”

In an unprecedented move, Jaguar C-X75 will be developed in association with Williams F1 who will provide their engineering expertise in areas including aerodynamics, carbon composite manufacture and hybrid technologies. This association will be at the leading edge of British automotive engineering and innovation.

“Confirmation of this project today signposts Jaguar Land Rover's continued determination to embrace new technologies,” said Jaguar Land Rover CEO, Dr Ralf Speth. “A supercar like the C-X75 is the logical choice to showcase cutting-edge design, intelligent use of new environmental technologies and motorsport-inspired performance.”

It also marks a new milestone in both company's histories as Jaguar Land Rover and Williams collaborate for the first time to produce one of the world's highest performance and environmentally sustainable supercars. The production of Jaguar C-X75 will create more than one hundred highly-skilled jobs in the UK.

A direct technology transfer between elite motorsport and road-going production cars is key to C-X75's success. The supercar's chassis will be made of carbon-fibre to create an incredibly lightweight, yet rigidly strong structure.

Aiding the transition from concept to production vehicle is the choice of powertrain. Jaguar continues to develop the use of the micro-turbine technology that was showcased in the original concept C-X75. Jaguar's parent company Tata has taken a significant stake in Bladon Jets, and will develop this very advanced technology as a medium-term aspiration that will play a part in Jaguars of the future.

To bring Project C-X75 to showroom reality within the timescales of a conventional model programme, an equally innovative powertrain had to be developed. The road-going supercar will use a state-of-the-art, small-capacity, highly-boosted internal combustion engine with one powerful electric motor at each axle.

“The engine's compact size allows it to be mounted low in the car for optimum weight distribution and to retain the concept's stunning silhouette. This will make the Jaguar C-X75 a bona fide hybrid supercar capable of silent electric running with an extensive EV range in excess of 50km,” explained Bob Joyce, Group Engineering Director, Jaguar Land Rover.

When C-X75's motors and combustion engine combine, it will be one of the

fastest production cars in the world, with a sub-three second 0-60mph time and a top speed in excess of 200mph. Crucially, this performance will be generated alongside incredibly low emissions, with a target of less than 99g/km CO2, thanks to Project C-X75's lightweight construction and cutting-edge powertrain technology.

Williams F1 has been at the forefront of motorsport engineering for three decades. The project engagement on Jaguar C-X75 is testament to the team's ambitions and will bring together two leading lights of the UK motoring industry.

“Our new association with Jaguar Land Rover provides us with an exciting opportunity to work with one of the motoring world's most famous and iconic brands,” said Sir Frank Williams, Chairman of Williams F1. “Williams has always considered itself an engineering company and so this project will allow us to combine our technical expertise to create something truly exceptional.”

Jaguar C-X75 will redefine the customer experience, and will set new standards in sales and after-sales services that will be recreated across the range in the future. Only 250 examples will be built, each costing between £700,000 - £900,000 depending on market and local taxes.

“Never before has the company launched such an ambitious, world-beating vehicle programme,” said Carl-Peter Forster, CEO Tata Motors. “This is the Jaguar of the future. The opportunity for innovation like this in the UK is part of the reason Tata Motors invested in Jaguar, and it's fantastic that products like the C-X75 can become reality.”

Read more: http://www.autoweek.com/article/20110506/CARNEWS/110509894#ixzz1LfCpkohH

Rick Luff - Radio Interview 75 Years of Jaguar

Posted by JDCSA on October 2, 2010 at 6:20 AM

Rick did a great job on the Carol Whitelock radion show


You can hear it HERE

New XF now $99,990 Driveaway

Posted by JDCSA on July 24, 2010 at 12:22 AM

Soltaire are now offering the Jaguar XF from $99,990 Driveaway


See Saturday Advertiser - Carguide Page 28 for more details.