A famous British manufacturer of luxury vehicles known by numerous car enthusiasts worldwide, Jaguar was established back in 1922. However, at first the company produced motorcycle sidecars and passenger car’ bodies. Besides, at that time, it had the Swallow Sidecar Company name. Their first vehicle rolled off the assembly line only in 1935 under the SS 2½-litre sports saloon nameplate. As the name implies, it employed a 2.5 L power unit and was a high-performance sedan. A more potent 2-seater with a 3.5 L engine was launched shortly after with the SS Jaguar 100 badge. Ten years after the launch, the entire company got the name of their sports car having become Jaguar Cars Limited or Jaguar for short.
Much water has passed under the bridge, the carmaker has experienced a number of owner changes and merging processes. Though, today they still make luxury and high-performance vehicles known all around the globe and keep abreast of current trends and technologies. Of course, convertibles have been a pillar of company’s success and well-being and still provide exceptionally exciting driving experience to numerous drivers.
Jaguar XJS convertible
The longest-running model by Jaguar, the XJS boasts more than two decades of continuous production run. The model was a 2-door grand tourer offering both luxury features and outstanding performance and even despite quite a high price tag, more than 115 thousands units were sold worldwide. The original model made a solid statement with its 5.3 L V12 power unit under the hood that delivered mind-boggling performance and numbers comparable with the sports cars by Ferrari and Lamborghini. The next generation offered more options everywhere – apart from another 3.6 L I6 engine, two open-top body styles were available – targa top and full convertible. These novelties were accepted well, so the third gen that turned out to become the last one, also offered open-air driving experience. The XJS was dropped in favour to the XK8 in 1996.
The Jaguar XK is another grand tourer by the British automaker, though it was marketed for a shorter amount of time and for two generations only. Succeeding the XJS in 1996, the model took a lot of pros from its predecessor – a wide range of available engines and transmissions, 2+2 seating configuration, and of course a convertible body style. Originally two 4.0 L V8 power units were offered – a naturally aspirated and supercharged one and later they both were replaced with larger 4.2 L units. The second-gen variant saw the world in 2005, coming with the updated styling but the same engine as the previous version. Though, with the 2009 facelift the model received a new 5.0 L supercharged V8 power plant. Its production lasted up to 2014 with more than 140,000 sold in total.
The Jaguar F-Type is the latest addition to our list. It is also a 2-door grand tourer, but with a pair of seats only. Not a direct successor of the XK, the model however employs a shortened version of its platform. The production run of the F-Type started in 2013, though there were three concepts before its launch shown in 1986, 2000 and 2011. Three engine options are utilized by the car, with the output differing depending on the particular version. The list of gearboxes is simpler, it includes only 6-speed manual and 8-speed automatic. It is worth mentioning that the model debuted as a convertible, so no wonder that its number of followers and popularity is solid. The run of the Jaguar F-Type is still on.