After the 1970s Jagur needed something to carry them on into the future. The Series 3 came along, and while it doesn’t quite rank with the iconic E-Type in terms of all-time great Jaguar cars it is still a fine car and the only one in production to have a V12 engine.
Launched in the middle of an oil crisis it was expensive but not excessively so and with a top speed of 140 mph and a 0-60 time of 7.4 seconds, it was one of the fastest four-seat saloons on the road. It became the car against which all other grandiose luxury luxury four-doors were judged.
Sir William Lyons took a gamble when he decided to take the twin-cam, overhead camshaft V12 engine designed by Wally Hassan (who had been with Jaguar in the early fifties and later joined Coventry Climax where he built their world-beating Grand Prix engines) and make it a mainstay of the XK range. Despite some misgivings at Jaguar, it turned out to be the right move and that engine, in its many variations, continued to power the company’s cars for decades.
The Golden Age of Jaguar: Exploring the Timeless Classics from the 1960s
Now Squier is bringing the legendary Jaguar into your guitar collection with the Classic Vibe ’70s Jaguar solidbody electric guitar. Its comfortable, lightweight offset-waist body is crafted from beautiful poplar, and its eye-catching vintage finish is loaded with a pair of Fender Designed alnico single-coils that deliver everything from crystal cleans to gritty grind. This throwback axe also features a floating vibrato bridge with barrel saddles, and authentic 1970s-inspired headstock markings and hardware.