Feline Appreciation

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We love a bit of feline appreciation here at Driven Threads. And there was no better excuse to get up close with some gorgeous cats than at the recent Jaguar Car Club of Victoria Concours and Display Day.

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It’s the timeless beauty of Jaguar’s older and newest models that draws us to these inspiring cars.

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The Jaguar Car Club of Victoria is a group of 700+ Jaguar car enthusiasts of all ages. This event celebrating 50 years of the original S Type- so naturally they were the model featured heavily.

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As a concours event, the white gloves were out and a special section of premier vehciles were thoroughly examined and inspected.

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It’s the sporting Jaguars that we crave most, we don’t apologise for being unashamedly biased in our coverage. This XJS sporting a lower stance made us take notice of this often underrated model.

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Pleasingly, there was a large amount of new Jaguars on display. With recent new models the once tired marque is going through somewhat of a renewal. Indian Tata Motors seems to know what they are doing with this iconic and much-loved brand.

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The low centre of gravity and compact size makes the F type an appealing choice is you have a lazy $200k. The entry spec uses a 3.0-litre V6 supercharged petrol engine, producing 250 kW pumping out 0-100 clicks in 5.1 seconds. The bronze interior buttons and trim really add a special touch of class to the sporting cockpit.

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It’s hard to believe the Ian Callum designed XK was unveiled over 8 years ago. The styling doesn’t look it though.

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We’re complete suckers for the E type. There really is no classic car that can compete with its combination of good looks and performance. It’s the epitome of 1960s motoring. More than 70,000 of these masterpieces were sold.

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Its not hard to see why Enzo Ferrari called it “The most beautiful car ever made.”

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Modern car styling can not complete with these achingly beautiful and timeless lines.

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The 3.8-litre cars have leather-upholstered bucket seats and an aluminium-trimmed centre instrument panel and console.

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From 1963 there was more leather and vinyl on the inside, with later cars featuring comfier pews.

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It was great to see the TWR XJS owned by Mike Roddy in its stationary form. We’ve pictured this car many times before (usually at great pace), and it was great to admire its finer details.

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It wasn’t all Jaguar’s on display. Some invited British cars were also let through the gates including this petite favourite.

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A number of Triumphs also looked the goods.

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The beautiful lines of the XK120, one of the prettiest Jaguars ever made. In roadster form…

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And it drop head form.

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Convertible or Coupe. The coupe always wins hands down for us.

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Most engine bays were highly polished to perfection. The E type 3.8-litre engine was increased to 4.2 litres in 1964. The 4.2-litre engine produced the same power as the 3.8-litre, 198 kW and same top speed 240 km/h, but increased torque from 330 to 384 nm.

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Last but not least, this unrestored E type convertible was one of our favourites. There is something enduring about an unrestored sports car. Just imagine the stories this car has to tell.

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We hope you have enjoyed our coverage. If you’re a Jaguar fan also check out our previous coverage here.

Please stay tuned we’re got more events to share, including our highlights from the Geelong Revival coming soon.



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