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• 90 superb colour photographs
• brief background history of the company
• full story of the MkII
• basic specification and statistics
• quotes and facts
This very British saloon car was introduced in 1955 to complement Jaguar’s successful sports and luxury models – it was the company's first monocoque-bodied production car.
Jaguar’s small saloon car was introduced in 1955 to complement the company’s successful sports cars and luxury saloons; it was the marque's first monocoque-bodied production car. The MkII was launched four years later, at which time the first cars became known retrospectively as ‘MkI’. The MkII 3.8 was one of the fastest production cars of its time, making it a favourite on the race track as well as on the roads. The cars were all finished to a high standard of luxury in wood and leather. This quintessentially British car was also popular elsewhere in the world, especially in the US.
Review from The Automobile, January 2007
One of Veloce’s Auto Graphics series, this is largely a photographic book which takes you through the various model’s developments can be very helpful for restorers of Jaguar’s first monocoque saloon. In fact, the first 30 pages are devoted to company history with nice photographs of earlier models.
Review by Hemmings Sports & Exotic Car, October 2006
It's hard to put into words exactly how to describe this book to you. Anybody remotely tied into the automotive hobby already knows the status of Jaguar in the European collector-car market. And even those who dive considerably deeper into the domestic side of the collector-car hobby know enough basics about the marque to get by in a general conversation.
On the other hand, if you know absolutely nothing about classic automobiles from across the pond, you might find this somewhat interesting; the rest of us, not so. In all honesty, what has been presented to the casual reader by the Sparrows is basic background history - found in just about any generic automotive book-leading towards the titled saloons by Jaguar. Yet, after reading the entire 80-page book in less than 20 minutes, I was left with more questions than answers. Most of the presented details are limited to engine size and minor model differentiation, and the last three of the six chapters are uncontaminated by serious details about the MkI & MkIl Saloons.
Most of, well actually, the entire publication, has been overloaded with 90 photographs, several of which are less than sharp, and many lacking an explosion of color that we would normally see today. In several instances, the presented photographs lack any substance, and left us with a need to see more of the car and less background. For the record, I counted no less than 21 paragraphs, not including captions: A perfect coffee table book.