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Jaguar XJ convoy heads to Paris


In 1968, Jaguar unveiled its new XJ series at the Paris Motor Show. Fifty years later, the eight generations of Jaguar XJs will form a celebratory fleet driving from Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant to the Paris Motor Show. (See the evolution in the video above.)

The 11-vehicle convoy will visit the Bicester Heritage Center, Goodwood motor circuit and Le Mans along the route. 

“The Jaguar XJ story is one of design, desirability and performance and over the past 50 years it has become a true giant in the automotive world and it’s only right that we pay homage to it in this special way,” said Ian Callum, Jaguar’s director of design. 

“When I started at Jaguar, the XJ was already an icon of car design, so to have been part of this story that has been told over half a century has been an absolute privilege.”

Paris, Jaguar XJ convoy heads to Paris, ClassicCars.com Journal

In its news release, Jaguar noted that William Lyons’ goal for the XJ series was to provide a sedan “with the handling of an E-type.”

“The luxury model was a revelation with its compelling combination of beauty, poise and performance,” the news release continued. 

“Since then, the presentation halls of Paris have played a regular role in the life of the XJ – the XJ ‘X300’ was unveiled at the event in 1994 and the revolutionary XJ ‘X350’, with its lightweight aluminium monocoque made its debut there in 2002.

“Returning to the Paris Motor Show 50 years after its first appearance on the show stand caps a series of celebrations for one of the world’s great saloon cars, which has been the choice of business leaders, celebrities, politicians and royalty for five decades.”

The 120th Paris Motor Show runs from October 4-14 in Paris.

Larry Edsall
A former daily newspaper sports editor, Larry Edsall spent a dozen years as an editor at AutoWeek magazine before making the transition to writing for the web and becoming the author of more than 15 automotive books. In addition to being founding editor at ClassicCars.com, Larry has written for The New York Times and The Detroit News and was an adjunct honors professor at the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication at Arizona State University.


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