South Africa July 2016 PT2

SS Jaguar 100

SS Jaguar 100

The first use of the Jaguar name and what a car. One of only 314 made and even then available in two engine sizes.

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Jaguar XK140 Coupe

Jaguar XK140 coupe

This one was built in 1956, but not as pure a shape as the XK120 in my view.

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Jaguar D Type

Jaguar D Type

Beautiful and what a history. This car was sold new to a Belgian racing team in 1956 then works prepared for the 1956 Le Mans race where it came a superb 4th and then repeated exactly the same feat in 1957. Used to carry a Coventry registration NKV 479 and I believe was the only car ever painted yellow.

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Jaguar D Type Exhaust

Jaguar D Type Exhaust

Clearly gets some use - just a shame there is no audio.

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Jaguar XK120

Jaguar XK 120

In another hall is a very rare beast – an aluminium bodied XK120, one of only 242 built, before the switch over to steel bodies in 1950.

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By contrast, just 50 kilometres down the road is the Franschhoek Motor Museum containing a collection of around 80 pristine to concours cars from Ford GT40 to Ferrari 250GTO, all kept in 4 beautiful halls in an exquisite setting. As you would expect there are Jaguars and what a fabulous collection. In one hall are the cars you see on here, which include a works prepared D type, with strong Le Mans credentials and still used in anger if the patina shown around the exhaust is anything to go by.

So two very different but delightful in-their-own-way museums, where you can delight in contrast at classic Jaguars. Combine it with the Western Capes breath-taking scenery and weather, what could be better!

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