Royal Mail, the U.K.’s government-owned postal service, will include a series of stamps for 2013 showcasing British “Automotive Legends” this year.
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A 1965 Jaguar XKE 4.2L Series I Roadster that Sir Elton John formerly owned just fetched around $130,000 (£82,140) at a recent Oxford, England auction. The British roadster was purchased by Elton John back in 1987 before he sold it at an auction in 2001 alongside other vehicles he owned.
Even though it’s obvious that the Jaguar got the amount it did because it was once owned by the famous artist, it’s also hard to not admire how immaculate and beautiful it is. It was last restored back in 1979, so it’s almost a miracle what great condition it is after all these decades. The classic 1965 E-Type Jaguar has a 4.2L with 265-hp mated to a four-speed manual transmission.
GALLERY: Elton John’s Jaguar E-Type
Looking for a uniquely British experience? 51 Buckingham Gate, Taj Suites and Residences has you covered. Located in London, just around the corner from the Buckingham Palace, this luxury hotel has just announced the addition of a Jaguar-themed suite.
The 1,832 square foot abode is part of an exciting collaboration between Taj Hotels Resorts and Palaces and Jaguar – both of which just so happen to be owned by Indian automaker Tata.
The project is more than just a convenient tie-up, however, with Jaguar Design Director Ian Callum overseeing the creation of the room, which includes the use of leather, metal and wood from Jaguar’s lineup of luxury cars. The experience within the pad starts out subtly at the door, with sleek wood paneling, but progresses to Jaguar damask lining the bedroom walls. The fireplace takes cues from the shape of Jaguar’s hallmark rear window. Custom made wallpaper with subtle Jaguar motifs can also be found throughout the suite. The ‘flat’ combines both classic and contemporary Jaguar models, from the legendary 1960′s E-type to the high tech C-X75 concept.
The suite is absolutely stunning. We highly recommend you check it out for yourself if you’ve got the loot. Otherwise, browse the photos below.
GALLERY: Jaguar Inspired Suite
The Jaguar E-Type is arguably the most beautiful sports car ever made. Ever since it was introduced back in 1961, many car companies have tried to copy its iconic shape, yet none have gotten the same effect.
Even Jaguar have tried to revive the E-type design in recent history with cars like their XK, but have failed to capture the elegance and beauty of the original.
A thing of beauty it might be, but an E-Type is hardly the most reliable car you can own. So what to do if you want to own a E-Type but also want modern technology and reliability thrown into the package? You get yourself an Eagle E-Type.
Eagle has been modernizing the E-Type since 1982 and their attention to detail have brought them much fame. Top Gear’s Jeremy Clarkson even named the Eagle E-Type as his pick for “The Car of the Century.”
Now Eagle is set to bring a new toy to the annual automotive party called Salon Privé. This annual event in London, U.K. attracts all the exotic car makes, and Eagle hopes to make a positive impression with their new E-Type Speedster.
Judging by the pictures, they should have no problem attracting admiring glances. It should perform as well as it looks also. The 4.7-liter, straight-six cylinder engine produces 310 hp and 340 lb/ft of torque, paired to a five-speed manual gearbox. Combine that with its weight of just 2,222 lbs., and it gives you the power to weight ratio of the new Porsche 911 Turbo.
Eagle believes this Speedster model will accelerate from 0-60 mph in under five-seconds, and can top 160 mph.
No prices have been announced yet, but if you happen to be in London between June 22 to 24, you can see this car in person in the Syon Park section of Salon Privé.
[Source: World Car Fans]
The sexy, shiny Jaguar E-Type revival concept that has made the rounds in the past few weeks is entering ultra-limited production.
Swedish firm Vizualtech plans to build the first car in the summer of 2012, taking about six months to build each example by hand. The cars will be based on the Jaguar XKR chassis, using the R’s supercharged 5.0-liter V8 for 600 horsepower. With a carbon fiber chassis and a weight a shade under 3,500 pounds, the Growler should hit 60 mph in less than four seconds.
The small design company has never built any car like this before, so they may contract the work to specialists such as Steyr in Austria, which builds many German vehicles for BMW and Volkswagen. And the price will reflect the exclusivity: at a minimum of $700,000, is a four-eyed E-Type worth the sensual Sixties flashback?
In a recent interview with a German automotive trade publication, Jaguar CEO Carl-Peter Forster confirmed production plans for a new small roadster model, as well as a rival to BMW’s 3 Series sports sedan.
Previous reports have suggested a new convertible sports car, known under the names F-Type, E-Type and XE Concept, will debut at the Geneva Auto Show next year as a rival to Porsche’s Boxster.
A small luxury sedan will also come to production, slotting in underneath the XF and competing with cars ranging from the BMW 3 Series, Mercedes C-Class, Audi A4, Lexus IS and Infiniti G. It is unlikely to wear the X Type badge of its predecessor.
Forster commented that in order for the vehicles to be successful they would have to be offered in “several variations” perhaps hinting that the next X Type could be offered as a wagon, as well as both a coupe and convertible.
In addition, Jaguar will also look to introduce an XF estate (wagon) as well as a long wheelbase version of the car for the Chinese market.
The introduction of both a small roadster model and 3 Series rival is seen as a move towards more volume-based production as Jaguar looks to become a self-sustaining entity within the Tata empire.