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Classic Jaguar

Fact-Based Storylines

Based on the same concept as Honda Turner, this series of articles published in Classic Jaguar magazine tell the story of the characters behind the historic Jaguar brand. Each story features illustrations by the highly talented Enar Shayatova.

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William Walmsley's Bentley

October November 2021 Edition

From building Swallow motorcycle sidecars in 1921, to the Austin 7 Swallow car in 1927 and then the first SS cars in the early 1930's. The story of these years as told by one of the founders of the business, Mr William Walmsley.

Harry Weslake and the South-American Quadruped

December 2021 January 2022 Edition

William Lyons is provided with assistance from some stalwarts of the British motor industry including Captain John Black, Harry Austin and William Morris. If you add an ace engine tuner and a feline predator that doesn't take prisoners, what have you got? The first SS Jaguar.

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William Heynes' Sunbeam Connection

February March 2022 Edition

The Sunbeam brand was up for sale and William Lyons was seriously interested. The new SS Jaguar Chief Engineer's hero was the man behind the brand. Louis Herve Coatalen was responsible for the design of some remarkable engines and the fastest vehicles of their time.

Fred Gardner's Sawmill

April May 2022 Edition

The woodworker's union is up in arms at William Lyons. Fred Gardner is getting used to life in a Scottish accent. Greta Lyons doesn't find a Citroen driving of a cliff as funny as her husband does, for some reason.

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The Alpine Trial 

June July 2022 Edition

While Tommy and Bill Wisdom go flat-out motoring in the Alps, the assembly team at Foleshill are all attending evening classes to learn how to weld. All steel bodies are only around the corner...