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Sir William Lyons enjoyed a seemingly unstoppable rise to fame and fortune in the motor industry, and the Jaguar brand which he introduced became world-famous. Yet it did not happen overnight. In the 1920s he was in Blackpool, styling motorcycle sidecars, in the 1930s he was in Coventry developing the SS motor car, and the stand-alone Jaguar company did not appear until 1945. Until 1972, when he retired from business, Sir William was the mainstream, the chairman, the chief stylist, and the inspiration of all things Jaguar.

Helped along by the amazing new XK engine of 1948, by motor racing success at Le Mans, and by the stunning style of cars like the XK120, the Mk 2 saloons and the extraordinary E-Type, Jaguar soon became world-famous. Along the way the company absorbed Daimler and Coventry-Climax, then merged voluntarily with BMC in 1966, and returned to Le Mans racing with great success in the 1980s.

Although the company was later commercially buffeted by its involvement with British Leyland, with Ford and latterly with Land Rover, and finally the Indian conglomerate Tata which now controls the business, the company's products have always been stunning. Sports coupes which reach well beyond 150mph, sleek executive saloons with unbeatable styling, and the promise of much innovation in the next few years make this a story whose climax is yet to come.

About the Author

Graham Robson is a motoring writer and historian with many awards to his credit. He has published numerous motoring titles and commentates at leading events. He wrote Austin-Healey and Triumph Sports Cars for Shire.

Table of Contents

In the Beginning: Sidecars and Rebodied Specials

SS, SS-Jaguar and the SS100

Post-War Expansion: The XK-Engined Era

E-Type and Mark 2: The Cars that Changed Jaguar

XJ6, V12 Engines and British Leyland

Motor Racing from the 1950s to the 1990s

Independence, Ford, Land Rover and Tata

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Product Details

ISBN:
9780747812036
Author:
Robson, Graham
Publisher:
Shire Publications
Subject:
Automotive - Antique & Classic
Subject:
Automotive - General
Edition Description:
Trade paper
Series:
Shire Library
Publication Date:
20120831
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
30 MONO; 30 COL
Pages:
64
Dimensions:
8.25 x 5.93 x 0.21 in 0.32 lb

Related Subjects

History and Social Science » Europe » Great Britain » General History
History and Social Science » World History » England » General
Hobbies, Crafts, and Leisure » Antiques » General
Transportation » Automotive » General
Transportation » Railroads » General

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