1.     “XK-150” Jaguar again the “XK” engine and “150” was 150 MPH. 

2.     “XK-E” (1961 to 1975) “XK” was the engine designation and “E” was just the next letter in the alphabet after the “D-type” race car.

3.     Jaguar bought “Daimler” in 1960 from “BSA” ( Birmingham Small Arms) Noted in the US for their motorcycles they also produced.

4.     “BSA” owned “Daimler” since 1910 and had designed their 2.5 and 4.5 liter V-8 engines

5.     Jaguar bought “ Coventry Climax” in 1963. “ Coventry Climax” made engines for fire pumps and forklifts but were noted in the US for their race engines.

6.     Jaguar merged with “BMC” (British Motor Corp.) in 1966 and by 1968 had merged with “ Leyland ” and on May 14, 1968 the “British Leyland Motor Corp. was formed. (BLM) and the first “BLM” model was a “Daimler Limo” announced on June 11, 1968. George Turnbull of BLM (Austin Morris group) left to form the Korean car, “Hyundai”.

 

Jaguar produced several “Saloons” (Sedans) from the Mk I, Mk II, 420, Mk 5, Mk 7, Mk 9, MK 10, XJ-6 (series I, II & III) Up to and including 1987. Not in that order. In 1988 the “40 series” was produced in a “ US looking square bodied version with no components of the earlier models. (in many peoples opinion the “40 ser. Car” looked like any Ford or Chevy of the late 80s which in-turn dropped sales) Jaguar and Rover had broken away from British Leyland  and survived. Jaguar returned to the body style of the “XJ-6 and Mk II sedan” and were purchased by Ford who corrected many of the electrical and vibration problems. Jaguar has since been sold by Ford to a truck manufacture in India named TaTa.

 

Much of the above information came from the book “Jaguar, The definitive history of a great British Car” by Andrew Whyte.

 

 

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