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Jaguar F-Type: Prestige Jaguar – Paramus, NJ

October 12th, 2012 by Stu

Say hello to Jaguar’s latest kitten, the F-Type. Based on a shortened version of the XK Convertible’s wheelbase, the sultry drop top [Coupe in ’14] sports a supercharged V6 [V8 optional], all-aluminium chassis, eight-speed automatic and embodies Jaguar’s late-to-the-party prizefighter against the likes of Boxster, Z4, SLK and TT. Blood lines to big brother XK certainly come through, but more interesting is the apparent influence from sister brand Land Rover’s new Evoque in some of the finer touches like light cluster design and ornamentation. Perhaps most unflattering is the  gaudy LEDs that are thick to the point of resembling neon bulbs. The deck lid and righteous tail pipe layouts [double barrel centered and double dual pipes] are perhaps the most pleasing design elements.

Our Man on the Street Jersey Jay caught this pre-production model on display at a local NJ dealer, just 1 month out from the vehicle’s global debut in Paris. Look for the F-type as 2014 model hitting dealers in 2013. It starts at $69k which seems like a lot until you hear that the XK Convertible starts at more than $90k.

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Jaguar XK120 Roadster – Lee, Mass

August 30th, 2012 by Stu

I will always have a sweet spot for these voluptuous shag demons. XK120 is a member of that rare automotive species capable of conjuring up an emotional response the minute your eyes hit the sheet metal. It’s not a car…it’s an object of beauty. I guess that’s why Ralph Lauren chose to include one in his world class collection,

Thanks for the great snaps Jersey Jay!

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Greenwich Electra Auto and Body Repair – Greenwich Street, NYC

January 15th, 2010 by Ian

I’m walking down the street, minding my own business when this utterly bad ass XKR cruises by in all its customized glory. It immediately reminded me of those machine gun-touting movie cars used to chase down 007 in Die Another Day. While I never was a huge fan of the first gen XK8, modifications like this are working time and a half to change my mind. Notice how the clamp on hard top achieves a completely different design effect than a true fixed roof does. It’s chunkier and I dig it. Mixed in with the slick wheels, tires and ground effects and you have yourself one wicked Jag. We followed it into the service bay of this quaint little West Village garage and found other hidden treasures lurking within.

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Donovan Motorcar Service – Lenox, Mass

January 13th, 2010 by Stu

My old man’s quest for the vintage Jaguar of his dreams continues. This time around we paid a visit to Brian Donovan of Lenox, Mass-based Donovan Motorcar Service to check out a 1957 Jaguar XK140 MC that was for sale. A rather unassuming guy, Brian greeted us sporting a work shirt and plenty of grease under his fingernails. But lurking beneath the reserved exterior is a former defense industry engineer and one of the nation’s leading Jaguar restoration experts. The unique skill set makes him an extremely dangerous individual when armed with a wrench and a budget.

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Under the hood: Bob Millstein

December 28th, 2009 by Stu

Pictured – Restoration czar Bob Millstein pulling the tarp off his lovingly rejuvenated Jaguar XK120 Roadster

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My father and I have been clamoring for knowledge on vintage Jaguar XKs lately. The old man is hot to acquire one of the beautiful sports cars as a sunny Sunday driver and, if my mother asks, an investment that will only continue to appreciate over time. Unlike shopping new, finding the classic car of your dreams means more than a weekend or two of kicking tires at the local dealership. It requires chat room discussions galore, visits to every classic car show you can find and endless thumbing through Hemmings and Sport Car Market. Most importantly, it requires spending inordinate amounts of time with people like Bob Millstein.

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Jaguar Legendary Performance Tour – Monticello, NY

July 1st, 2009 by Stu

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Jaguar was good enough to have us out to Monticello Motor Club to sample their new and improved line of 2010 “R” spec models. Not only does that “R” stand for racing but we figured that the track was an ideal setting to properly experience 510 HP and one of the more impressive suspension systems we have encountered lately. Sure, we drove around the beautiful Monticello back country to get a sense of real world road manners, which were silky smooth and bank vault quiet, but nothing beats punching the gas on a long straight away or holding on for dear life during a physics-defying powerslide.

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Jaguar XJ – East 51st Street, NYC

May 18th, 2009 by Stu

jaguar-XJ-East-51st StreetSavor the classic Jaguar flavor while you still can. The storied brand is nearing completion on a major design overhaul that started with the second generation XK-series, continued with an all new XF sedan (replaced S-type) and will conclude with a completely revamped XJ flagship. We can all appreciate the nostalgic British lines but the sales needle doesn’t lie.

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Jaguar XK150 Roadster – 7th Ave & 21st Street, NYC

February 19th, 2009 by Stu

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In a sea of yellow cabs and delivery vans, it was hard to miss this 1960 XK150 Roadster cruising down 7th avenue. The lucky guy behind the wheel, a retired ad executive and former president of the Jaguar Club of NY, tells us that he is the only owner this beautiful Jag has ever known and that the car has lived in Manhattan since new.

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Jaguar XF Supercharged – Mid Town East, NYC

February 9th, 2009 by Stu

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XF replaced S-Type in the Jag line-up last year. Along with the current generation XK, this new sedan literally dragged Jaguar into thoroughly modern design. S-Type was certainly charming and attractive in a London gentleman sort of way, but people simply weren’t considering it when in the market for a mid size luxury sedan. The LED lighting effects seen here really catch the eye.

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