It was in the year 1922 when Sir William Lyons founded the Swallow Sidecar Company, a group that started out producing sidecars for motorcycles, however in 1935 the SS Jaguar name made its way onto a 2.5 Liter saloon. Then in 1945, the Jaguar nameplate was bestowed upon everything that the company made after the Germans made the SS moniker quite unpopular during the second World War, thus making the SS 100 model the world’s first official Jaguar automobile.

According to Mike O’Driscoll, Jaguar Car’s current Managing Director, "In 2010 we celebrate our past, and 75 years of designing and building cars that celebrate the art of automobile making. We’re also celebrating the promise of the future, and the introduction of the all-new XJ. In just three years we’ve completely revitalized the Jaguar line-up with the launch of three beautiful fast cars". Since then Jaguar has had a hand in everything from sports car racing with the classic finned D-Type all the way up to a proper Formula One program with current world champion Jensen Button behind the wheel. Playboys fondly remember the old XKE, E-Type, and super car fans continue to lust after the ground breaking XJ220, known for achieving a miraculous 220 MPH top speed. Even today Jaguar is still turning heads with models like their super sport sedan XF-R and the epitome of luxury, the 2010 Jaguar XJ.

Press release after the jump.

Press release

This year marks the 75th anniversary of the Jaguar name, and 75 years of looking forward, designing and building cars that represent the very best of technical innovation, design leadership and sporting success.

Mike O’Driscoll, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars, said: "In 2010 we celebrate our past, and 75 years of designing and building cars that celebrate the art of automobile making. We’re also celebrating the promise of the future, and the introduction of the all-new XJ. In just three years we’ve completely revitalized the Jaguar line-up with the launch of three beautiful fast cars".

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Just a few years ago Jaguar set out to re-make the brand and to revitalize the model range. It started in 2008 with the introduction of the all-new award-winning XF. This four door, five seat car has the looks of a coupe and the heart of a sports car. In 2009 Jaguar re-engineered the XK coupe and convertible, and in the process created one of the world’s great grand tourers. And, 2010 sees the beginning of sales of the ground-breaking XJ, which incorporates all of the virtues that make a Jaguar.

Mike O’Driscoll added: "The development of our new range of cars is all part of making Jaguar the modern, sporting company that it was under our founder Sir Williams Lyons – a company that made its name creating cars that were innovative, exciting and always original.”

Ian Callum, Jaguar Design Director, said: “Jaguar design over the next 75 years must respect and reflect on the past 75 while continuing to push boundaries of technology, luxury and sporting style. Designing cars with a presence that demands a turn of the head and an allure that pulls at the heart has been central to the Jaguar brand throughout the years.

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"A successful piece of design should stand the test of time, holding it’s own through passing fashions. Jaguar has a range of cars that are as iconic today as they were when launched – testament to Jaguar’s legacy in creating beautiful fast cars.

"Looking at the present with the XK, XF and all-new XJ and with an eye on the future, we will continue to innovate and set the benchmark, not only in automotive design, but in luxury premium design as a whole.”

Sir William Lyons founded Swallow Sidecars in 1922, and went on to create a range of ’SS’ branded motorcycle sidecars and automobiles in the 1920s and early 1930s. When it came to the launch of the all-new SS 100 in 1935, Sir William wanted a new and evocative name for his company. After asking his advertising agency for suggestions, Sir William chose ’Jaguar’, and the SS 100 model became the world’s first Jaguar.

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The ‘Jaguar’ name was an ideal choice - it represented the feline grace and elegance, power and agility that set his cars apart. Sir William once said that a car "was the closest thing we can create to something that is alive", a sentiment that has stood the test of time. The new brand name captured the essence of all of the cars created from that point forward.

Over the years Jaguar has built some of the world’s most iconic cars; the XK120, introduced in the late 1940s, was an instant sensation and the most glamorous sports car of the period; the C Type and D Type race cars that followed, dominated motor racing in the 1950s; the E-Type, launched in the heady 1960s, has been called the most beautiful car ever built and it defined a whole generation. Sports cars have always defined Jaguar, but the Company has also built some of the Industry’s most memorable sedans, such as the Mark II in the early 1960’s and the renowned XJ range.

During the year Jaguar will celebrate our 75th anniversary at some of the world’s most glamorous automotive settings, including the Goodwood Festival of Speed and Revival in the UK; the Concours D’Elegance at Pebble Beach in the US and at the Mille Miglia classic in Italy. Jaguar is also returning to the racetrack with its new JaguarRSR XKR GT2 and will compete in the American Le Mans Series (ALMS).

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4 comments:

  (1023) posted on 02.23.2010

Now this is what we call jaguar classic. Its incomparable to a new cars. Maybe they are less in speed but I believe it has a superiority level compare to the new model.

  (379) posted on 02.14.2010

@Marcus_Woods: yes, 75 years and still going strong. They’re even getting popular in the whole world.

  (379) posted on 02.14.2010

the old car models of jaguar were really cool especially the black “Bat-Mobile” and the white “VW Beetle” look-a-likes . Jaguar company should still produce or restore these car models. Vintage car collectors love these type of old jaguar collections.

  (708) posted on 02.3.2010

I have visited Jaguar’s homepage but couldn’t see any galleries of all the cars that they have made for the past 75 years. It’s really going to be fascinating if they had one of it. I’m pretty sure that even after 75 years, they will still be able to deliver better cars. I hope that they give out some kind of promo as tribute to this anniversary like a 75% discount on all cars or something. lol

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