Jaguar XK European

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Specifications

 
Year/Reg
2024
Transmission
Manual
Mileage
Delivery mileage
Fuel Type
Petrol
Engine
3.8L In-line 6
Body Style
Coupe
Colour
Spec Configurable

Overview

 

The European Story

The 1950s marked the start of a golden era in European car design. As the world emerged from the dark years of WW2, there was a quest – and a need – for light and joy; a passion to create and rebuild. In Europe this resonated in the car industry. A new era began, driving exports, harnessing and refocussing the continent’s talents, and a new generation of sports cars emerged – in Britain the Jaguar XK120, Austin Healey 100, MGA and AC Ace, in Italy the Lancia Aurelia, Alfa Romeo 1900, models by Fiat, Ferrari and Maserati. German engineers developed the wonderful Porsche 356 followed by the majestic Mercedes 300SL….


At Thornley Kelham, over a decade of working with, driving, and restoring these models to concours-level standards, has honed our appreciation for these wonderful automobiles. Our deep experience of their beauty, engineering – and foibles – has also led to an evolution in our approach to them. And so, we have launched our ‘European’ division, our mission being to both pay tribute to their heritage, and to develop them to meet the demands of the twenty first century driver. Today’s global appetite for these leading brands can be traced back to those iconic models of the 1950s and 60s. Across Europe that post-war era led to an automotive revolution for designers, engineers and drivers alike. Designers expressed their new-found freedom to create some of the most recognisable car profiles ever. US servicemen returned home with examples of these cars, introducing Americans to European design, handling and looks largely missing from home-grown models. Enthusiasm for these ‘little cars’ swept the continent, and such was the appetite for these cars that Porsche actually adopted the name ‘European’ on the 356.
And racing certainly improved the breed. Wealthy European ‘Gentleman Drivers’ took these cars straight onto both road and track – from the Mille Miglia to Le Mans, and the enthusiastic drivers of the
SCCA virtually queued up to buy Porsches, Jaguars, Healeys….


Today, as modern cars get heavier, bulkier, more powerful and less involving, enthusiasts continue to collect, and to aspire to those glorious cars from that preeminent time. Owning a classic from this era provides a glamour, a freedom and an indefinable cool distinctly absent from all but the greatest of modern offerings. The challenge
of our European brand cars? To provide you with a thoughtfully reengineered, redesigned and individual car that retains the heritage of the original whilst elevating the driving experience. Modern driving conditions and contemporary drivers increasingly demand more than original, unmodified classics can realistically provide. Today’s roads allow for more power and greater distances to be covered much more quickly than 60 years ago. Today’s
drivers expect more comfort, more convenience and greater reliability than previous generations. In launching our European brand, we have chosen models that encapsulate this golden era, and we bring discerning enthusiasts the best of past and present. As we seek to recapture the freedoms that those period designers – and drivers- enjoyed, our reinterpretations focus on the design, the details and the drive.


Our aim? To deliver classic beauty redefined by today’s designers, adequate power and involving handling to satisfy experienced drivers, a stunning level of attention to detail, and the exclusivity and individuality that ensure your European will be unique.


And undeniably cool.

THE DESIGNER’S THOUGHTS…


Paul Howse, ex-McLaren Senior Designer speaks:


The idea of improving or modifying any iconic design is one that must be approached with great care. One has to be very respectful for what was originally designed in a very different time using very different tools. My vision was to meld the latest state of the art Automotive Design techniques with time-honoured craftsmanship –
to create ‘purposeful beauty’. With that in mind, when I set out to design the XK European, I knew it had to be instantly recognisable as a Jaguar; as if it had come out of the factory in the late fifties as a ‘skunkworks’ project. Almost as if
Jaguar had done to the XK120 what they did with the Lightweight E-Types… More muscular. More assertive. The first major task was to lower the roofline so that the proportions become more elegant and purposeful, and also link to the
Aurelia Outlaw treatment. The next was to add some form/curvature to the bodyside as the standard car is actually quite flat. All the body sections now have an acceleration to them which adds sculpture and muscle but also lightness. The arches are wider both at the front and more significantly at the rear with wider alloy wire wheels filling them out nicely, giving that ‘road racer ‘stance. We also removed the rather chunky brightwork of the original XKs and instead introduced a subtle crease down the bonnet which follows the split

THIS motor car

Redesigned by Paul Howse, ex-McLaren Senior Designer and responsible in large part for the P1 and 720S designs, the Jaguar XK European is based on near-derelict 1950s XK chassis, and no more than 25 coupés will be built. Chassis Number One has already been commissioned and is now in progress in our workshops.

To find out more, see here: Jaguar XK European or contact us at sales@LaSource.co.uk

 

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