The first use of the Jaguar name and what a car. One of only 314 made and even then available in two engine sizes.
This one was built in 1956, but not as pure a shape as the XK120 in my view.
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.
Clearly gets some use - just a shame there is no audio.
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.
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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