Jaguar

Jaguar is a world famous brand of luxury and sports cars and is part of Jaguar Land Rover, a company owned by Tata Motors since 2008.

The business was started by William Lyons and William Walmsley to make sidecars for motorcycles in 1922  and was called the Swallow Sidecar Company. It started to produce cars as the SS Car Ltd and produced such lovely cars as the SS 100 before World War 2.

Jaguar SS 100 produced between 1936 and 1940. A childhood favourite of mine because of the Panther J72. Attribution GTHO
Jaguar SS 100 produced between 1936 and 1940. A childhood favourite of mine because of the Panther J72. Attribution GTHO

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Lamborghini

There’s something that stirs my blood when I hear the name of Italian sports car manufacturers like Maserati, Ferrari and Lamborghini and it has done since childhood.

The Lamborghini Car Company

Name – Automobili Lamborghini S.p.A.

Started – 30 October 1963 by Ferruccio Lamborghini

Location – Sant’Agata Bolognese Italy.

Ownership – Volkswagen Group since 1998. It has previously been privately owned and between 1987 and 1994 it was owned by Chrysler.

The Lamborghini Cars

1964 – 66 = 350GT
1966 – 68 = 400GT 2+2
1966 – 72 = Miura
1968 – 69 = Islero
1968 – 78 = Espada
1970 – 76 = Jarama
1973 – 79 = Urraco
1974 – 90 = Countach
1976 – 79 – Silhouette
1981 – 88 – Jalpa
1986 – 93 – LM002 (a massive, ugly SUV)
1990 – 2001 – Diablo
2001 – 2010 – Murcielago
2003 – 2013 – Gallardo
2008 – 2010 – Revention (limited edition supercar based on the Murcielago)
2011 – to date – Aventador
2012 – 2012 – Sesto Elemento (limited edition lightweight car based on the Gallardo)
2013 – 2013 – Veneno (limited edition supercar based on the Aventador)
2013 – 2013 – Egoista (one off concept car based on the Gallardo)
2014 – to date – Huracan

The Development Structure

Front engine GT cars – 350GT – 400GT – Islero – Espada – Jarama

Mid engine sports cars

  • V12 – MiuraCountach – Diablo – Murcielago – Reventon – Aventador – Veneno
  • V8 – Urraco – Silhouette – Jalpa
  • V10 – Gallardo – Sesto Elemento – Huracan

Front engined 4WD SUV – LM002

During the 1960s to 1980s Lamborghini and Ferrari fought over the right to have the fastest, most exciting supercars with classic battles between the Miura and Daytona and then the Countach versus the Berlinetta Boxer and Testarossa.

Financial problems and the lack of development of a replacement for the Countach opened up the opportunity to a new breed of hypercars, the Jaguar XJ220, the Bugatti EB110 and the McLaren F1 in the early 1990s and then Pagani, Koenigsegg and others. Only in the late 2000s did Lamborghini respond to this new class of cars with the Reventon, Sesto Elemento and Veneno.

What Makes Lamborghini So Special?

  1. The fantastic four syllable Italian name that sounds so romantic and exciting.
  2. The sensational designs of, in particular, the Miura and Countach that made them look, at the time, the ultimate sports cars.

For those who love classic cars and diecast models of them