Jaguar from the shop floor
Foleshill Road and Browns Lane
1949 to 1978

4th June 2018
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Jaguar from the shop floor

Foleshill Road and Browns Lane 1949 to 1978

In Jaguar from the Shop Floor, Brian Martin tells the story of his life as a long-time employee at Jaguar, giving a first-hand account of the development and production processes, and the ups and downs of factory life through the eyes of someone who was actually there.

In this part-autobiographical and part-historical account, the author tells of his childhood in a typical working family of the depression era, and then describes his career from starting at the Jaguar factory in 1949, through a spell doing national service in the RAF and then going back to Jaguar. He left briefly in 1972 to try other jobs, but returned to the factory in the mid-1970s.

Providing a fascinating insight into the Jaguar production process, the book also covers the development of the XK120, Mk V, Mk VII, MK X, the Mark 1 and 2 saloons, the XKSS, E1A, E2A, lightweight E-types, XJ6, XJ12, and XJS.

Jaguar from the shop floor by Brian James Martin

ISBN: 9781787112797
UPC: 6-36847-01279-3


£30.00 UK, $50.00 USA, $65.00 CAN

• A light-hearted view of the from inside the Jaguar company.
• Many rare and unusual photographs.
• An unbiased view from personal experience.
• A personal history of work on the shop floor.
• Some of the important people who made the company successful

The author has spent most of his working life in the employ of Jaguar Cars Ltd. He is a long time member of both The Jaguar Drivers’ Club, The Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club, The Jaguar Apprentices’ Motor Club and was a founder member and ex-chairman of The Jaguar Car Club.

During his employment he has held various positions with the Jaguar company, from assembly worker to experimental and development engineer, and junior management. He is a lifelong enthusiast of the Jaguar marque and has owned many of the models described in this book (he currently owns a 2001 XJ8).

V5279 • Hardback • 23.2x15.5cm • £30 • 192 pages • 99 colour and b&w pictures • ISBN: 978-1-787112-79-7 • UPC: 6-36847-01279-3
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