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When Jaguar entered the North American
market after World War II it had a good promotional
program that sent their cars to sports car hungry American.
G.I.'s coming home from Europe had discovered a new
toy that was fast and fun in the corners. Now there
was more to racing than going around in circles.
The Sports Car Club of America had been founded in 1944
and, as air fields around America closed, they were
converted to race tracks. While "Road & Track",
"Motor Trend", "Auto Speed & Sport"
and other American magazines recorded the exploits of
Phil Hill, Briggs Cunningham, Ken Miles and other popular
drivers, "The Autocar", "The Motor"
and "MotorSport" covered the wins of Stirling
Moss, Mike Hawthorne, Juan Manual Fangio and the numerous
international greats. Jaguars were prominent winners
and, from center stage, they rose to greatness by taking
the crown of LeMans in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957.
It was THE car to own with Clark Gable, Paul Whiteman
and Dave Garroway counting among the proud owners. William
Lyons accomplished his task of creating the most desirable
mass produced sports car and its' very desirable sports
sedans as its' side kick.
I've wanted to write an article
about Jaguars for quite some time, but it's been
difficult to do so. Our articles are heavily photo-illustrated,
and early Jaguar brochures sell almost as quickly
as we can find them, so we don't want to show
you brochures that we do not have in stock. We
just obtained the following in a new collection
and hope you enjoy the review.