The his­toric Cats go on pa­rade to show off their sleek charms at re­vival event

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A PA­RADE of his­toric Jaguars ar­rive at the Good­wood Re­vival bash near Chich­ester to­day and in­clude the gor­geous XK150.

This model, from 1957 to 1961, was the last of the XK se­ries of the era. It was sold with coupé and open bod­ies, and had a straight six 3.4 litre en­gine de­vel­op­ing 190bhp. It was ca­pa­ble of 125mph and 0-60mph in 8.9 sec­onds. Av­er­age fuel econ­omy was 20.5mpg – one area where mod­ern cars are much im­proved.

The Jags mark 75 years of the mar­que and will sit nicely with the her­itage theme at Good­wood. This be­ing 2010, Jaguar is on the Ap­ple “apps” ser­vice. Search for Jaguar 75 in iTunes. There are lots of Jag facts. When the first Jaguar was re­vealed, Sir Wil­liam Lyons (founder of Jaguar Cars) asked guests of the launch event to spec­u­late on how much the SS Jaguar 2.5 litre saloon would cost. The av­er­age guess was £632. In fact, the hand­some, lux­u­ri­ous ma­chine cost a mere £385.

Lyons’ daugh­ter, Pat, was the co-driver of NUB 120, the most fa­mous com­pe­ti­tion XK120. Her hus­band, the York­shire garage owner Ian Ap­p­le­yard, drove it to three Alpine Cup vic­to­ries and two RAC Rally wins. At Le Mans in 1953 Jaguar C-Types fin­ished 1st, 2nd and 4th. The com­pany sent a tele­gram to the Queen, ded­i­cat­ing its win to her, in her coro­na­tion year, and re­ceived a con­grat­u­la­tory re­ply from Her Majesty.

Of the 16 XKSS ve­hi­cles pro­duced, one was bought by ac­tor and rac­ing driver Steve McQueen, who kept it for 10 years be­fore sell­ing it on. Of all his cars it was pos­si­bly the one he en­joyed a lit­tle too much for it net­ted him two driv­ing bans. How­ever, clearly re­gret­ting his de­ci­sion, McQueen later bought the car back and owned it un­til his death.

The su­per­fast but com­mer­cially mute XJ220 was de­vel­oped by an in­for­mal group of Jaguar em­ploy­ees known as the Satur­day Club who, as the name sug­gests, ded­i­cated their spare time to spe­cial projects. They should have stayed at home and listed to the ra­dio in­stead.

The in­tro­duc­tion of disc brakes was thanks to Jaguar. They were first fit­ted to the C-Type raced by Stirling Moss and Nor­man Dewis in the 1952 Mille Miglia. Ital­ian race of­fi­cials were mys­ti­fied by the new technology and de­manded a demon­stra­tion to prove it was in fact a brake and not some il­le­gal ad­di­tion.

In his teens, Ian Cal­lum, Jaguar’s present de­sign di­rec­tor, wrote to Bill Heynes (then chief en­gi­neer) en­clos­ing some of his own de­signs for a Jaguar.

Heynes kindly replied, sug­gest­ing to Cal­lum that to pur­sue his cho­sen ca­reer, he should learn en­gi­neer­ing draughts­man­ship and study in­dus­trial de­sign.

Quite a tip. The Scot’s work in­cludes the mod­ern face of As­ton Martin, the Jaguar XK and XF.

STAR CAR: Jaguar XK150.

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