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Emblem on the rear - special Edition Jaguar XK66 - (Copyright Jaguar Ltd.)

In recent months, newspaper scaly and headlines have read: "On the way to the classic" or "Big big cat dies out" and, in fact, Jaguar stopped production of the Jaguar XK this summer. The reason for the hiring, according to the company's executive board, is the creation of capacity for the production of new models.
At the beginning of 2015, the Jaguar XE will be launched to recreate the mid-range segment, and an SUV that will break new ground in Jaguar is also in the works. In order to say goodbye to the Jaguar XK, a special edition was launched as a coupé and convertible, the Jaguar XK66. This edition, limited to 66 vehicles, is intended to commemorate the 66 years of production in which the Jaguar XK was built.
The Jaguar XK will be succeeded in the sports car segment, which was released this year, Jaguar F-Type. This repeats history, because we can all remember it well when the Jaguar E-Type took over the Jaguar XK150 on 15 March 1961 and ended an era that only began in the spring of 1996 at the Geneva Auto Saloon with the Jaguar XK8 (factory name X100). This was so painful at the time that the name XKE was lovingly retained for the E-Type in America. We know the old adage: 'All good things are three'. So it remains to be seen whether the success story XK will be repeated again.
Also this year, from 15 to 18 May, Europe's famous car race took place through one of the most beautiful Italian landscapes and cities, the Mille Miglia. The Jaguar Heritage Racing Team competed with 10 spectacular vehicles. Many Jaguar XK120s from the early years were on display, including the ex Sir James Scott Douglas from 1951 from the Scottish racing stable Ecurie Ecosse, which was auctioned last year at auction house Bonhams. The XK120 was preceded by the always good-humoured American TV presenter and lover of classic automobiles - Jay Leno - and Jaguars Design Chef Ian Callum, there was good mood and fun. At the wheel of the C-Types were the likes of AC/DC lead singer Brian Johnson and Le Mans winner Andy Wallace. With the start number 410 there was also a 'Long Nose' D-Type at the start, controlled by Bruno Senna and Martin Bundle. Supported and accompanied, the Jaguar Heritage Racing Team were driven by a larger number of television teams and VIP guests in Jaguar F-Type Coupés. Here is a small excerpt of snapshots.
  • Jaguar Mille Miglia 2014 C-0723
  • Jaguar Mille Miglia 2014 C-1499
  • Jaguar Mille Miglia 2014 C-2178
  • Jaguar Mille Miglia 2014 C-2965
  • Jaguar Mille Miglia 2014 P-2478
Also this year, the Retro Classics 2014 took place at the exhibition grounds in Stuttgart from 13 to 16 March. In the meantime it is the 14th meeting and if one compares the number of visitors with the last year, it must be said that the perceived onslaught was much more enormous. Many well-known exhibitors from the last years were present again, such as the company Mirbach from beautiful Bavaria or "The Gallery" from the Netherlands and of course Döni Classic Cars from Switzerland.
I was surprised by the growing number of exhibitors and suppliers from Eastern European countries. I think we will have to expect even more from these parts of Europe in the future. But now I don't want to let you wait any longer, here some impressions ...

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  • 01-Messeeingang-1Let's try again, on the way to the fair ...
  • 01-Messeeingang-2… and now the first Jaguar, E-Type Roadster S2.
  • 01-Messeeingang-3The classic car parking place, here there is much to see, ...
  • 01-Messeeingang-4… here a BMW 503 and ...
  • 01-Messeeingang-5… the Bully as colorful locomotive set.
  • 02-StandE001E002-GTa-1Before the entrance gate the first stand ...
  • 02-StandE001E002-GTa-Triumph-TR4-1… now it is british, the Triumph TR4.
  • 02-StandE001E002-GTa-Triumph-TR4-2engine compartment Triumpf TR4
  • 03-Atrium-Delahaye-135M-Roadster-1stunningly beautiful, the Delahaye 135M Roadster
  • 03-Atrium-Delahaye-135M-Roadster-2Delahaye 135M Roadster front view
  • 04-Atrium-1the atrium
  • 04-Atrium-Bugatti-Royale-Torpedo-1a giant, the Bugatti Royale Torpedo
  • 04-Atrium-Lorraine-Dietrich-1Lorraine Dietrich
  • 04-Atrium-Salmson-1the small Salmson
  • 05-StandE040-XK120OTS-661004-1Not even arrived in the first hall ...
  • 05-StandE040-XK120OTS-661004-2… find something, Jaguar XK120 OTS with …
  • 05-StandE040-XK120OTS-661004-3… the chassis no. 661004, one of the few RHD.
  • 05-StandE040-XK120OTS-661004-4Jaguar XK120 OTS chassis no. 661004
  • 07-Stand4B52-XK140FHC-JaguarAssociationGermany-2Jaguar XK140 FHC at the Jaguar Association Germany stand
  • 07-Stand4B52-XK140OTS-JaguarAssociationGermany-1Jaguar XK140 OTS at the Jaguar Association Germany stand
  • 08-Stand4D73-ETypeS1-MunichMotorsMasterpieces-1Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1
  • 08-Stand4D73-ETypeS1-MunichMotorsMasterpieces-2Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 1
  • 08-Stand4D73-Jaguar-Mark1-MunichMotorsMasterpieces-1Jaguar Mark 1 in british racing green
  • 08-Stand4D73-Jaguar-Mark1-MunichMotorsMasterpieces-2Jaguar Mark 1 in british racing green
  • 09-Halle6-1view into the trading hall 6
  • 09-Halle6-EType-1rear view of two E-Types compared Series 1 and Series 2
  • 09-Halle6-EType-2engine compartment Jaguar E-Type later Series
  • 09-Halle6-EType-3rear view of a Jaguar E-Type Coupé Series 2 with 4,2 litre engine
  • 09-Halle6-EType-4front view of a Jaguar E-Type Coupé Series 2 with 4,2 litre engine
  • 09-Halle6-EType-5Jaguar E-Type Roadster Series 3
  • 09-Halle6-EType-6engine compartment Jaguar E-Type early series
  • 09-Halle6-EType-7greetings from Jerry Cotton, sidelines red Jaguar E-Type Coupé.
  • 09-Halle6-VWKaeferis the car not cuddly, VW Beatle Cabrio.
  • 09-Halle6-XK120C-1The C-Type is not missing, but the finish would not be here the first choice.
  • 09-Halle6-XK140DHC-1Jaguar XK140 DHC from the ...
  • 09-Halle6-XK140DHC-2… beautiful Czechia ...
  • 09-Halle6-XK140DHC-3… one of my personal highlights ...
  • 09-Halle6-XK140DHC-4… but not for the price of about € 100.000.- ...
  • 09-Halle6-XK140DHC-5… so with a heavy heart I say byebye.
  • 10-Halle8-Koffer-1You will not get itchy feet?
  • 11-Stand8F11-Bulldog-1show working with old machines
  • 12-Halle7-VWKaeferVW Beatle with Brezelfenster,you simply must love him.
  • 13-Stand7D35-MorganThreewheeler-SpitfireClubthe new old one - Morgan 3 Wheeler from the current production
  • 14-Stand7B55-TriumphIGSuedwesta time travel through the Triumph models past days.
  • 15-Stand7B52-RoverMeteorSpeed20-RoverFreundeThe Rover Meteor Speed 20 on the stand of the Rover Freunde Deutschland e.V.
  • 16-Stand7D72-VolvoClubAn old familiar exhibit, the family friendly Volvo PV 445 Duett from 1959.
  • 17-Halle5-1view into the hall 5 for friends of Opel and US Cars
  • 17-Halle5-2US Style, lot of Chrome and Brass on the Cadillac stand
  • 17-Halle5-3Chevrolet Corvette C1
  • 17-Halle5-4Chevrolet Blazer Pickup and 1960s Buick LeSabre
  • 17-Halle5-5Hot Rod
  • 17-Halle5-6Buick Roadmaster
  • 17-Halle5-7bonnet Auburn Speedster
  • 17-Halle5-8Dodge Custom at the stand from RD Classics the US Car specialist
  • 18-Halle1-1view into the hall 1, here it is really expensive
  • 18-Halle1-Stand1G73-AutoFeyrerClassic-2stand 1G73 Auto Feyrer Classics
  • 18-Halle1-Stand1I72-HK-Engineering-3stand 1I72 HK Engineering
  • 19-Stand1F54-XK120-679768-GhiaSupersonic-1The Jaguar XK120 Ghia Supersonic ...
  • 19-Stand1F54-XK120-679768-GhiaSupersonic-2… with the chassis no. 679768 ...
  • 19-Stand1F54-XK120-679768-GhiaSupersonic-3… one of the last remaining.
  • 20-Stand1H52-XK120OTS-661051-The Gallery-1On the stand from The Gallery a Jaguar XK120 OTS, exactly ...
  • 20-Stand1H52-XK120OTS-661051-The Gallery-2… Jaguar XK120 OTS chassis no. 661051.
  • 20-Stand1H52-XK120OTS-661051-The Gallery-3interior Jaguar XK120 OTS chassis no. 661051
  • 20-Stand1H52-XK120OTS-661051-The Gallery-4Jaguar XK120 OTS chassis no. 661051
  • 21-Stand1I33-XK120OTS-GrossSchlaegerClassicCars-1front view Jaguar XK120 OTS
  • 21-Stand1I33-XK120OTS-GrossSchlaegerClassicCars-2front view Jaguar XK120 OTS
  • 21-Stand1I33-XK120OTS-GrossSchlaegerClassicCars-3interior Jaguar XK120 OTS
  • 22-Stand1K74-XKSS-LolaMotor Cars-1Very nice replica of the legendary Jaguar XKSS ...
  • 22-Stand1K74-XKSS-LolaMotor Cars-2… in the color of the racing team Ecurie Ecosse ...
  • 22-Stand1K74-XKSS-LolaMotor Cars-3… 4.2 litre engine with 280 bhp ...
  • 22-Stand1K74-XKSS-LolaMotor Cars-4… and LHD.
  • 23-Halle1-ETypeLEJaguar E-Type Lightweight
  • 24-Halle1-FTypeCoupeJaguar F-Type Coupé, the new one is there
  • 25-Stand1C32-XK150FHC-S837694BW-KochKlassik-1front view Jaguar XK150 DHC chassis no. S837694BW
  • 25-Stand1C32-XK150FHC-S837694BW-KochKlassik-2rear view Jaguar XK150 DHC chassis no. S837694BW
  • 26-Stand1F12-XK120OTS-Mirbach-1front view Jaguar XK120 OTS
  • 26-Stand1F12-XK120OTS-Mirbach-2side viewJaguar XK120 OTS
  • 26-Stand1F12-XK120OTS-Mirbach-3rear view Jaguar XK120 OTS
  • 26-Stand1F12-XK150FHC-Mirbach-4front view Jaguar XK150 FHC
  • 26-Stand1F12-XK150FHC-Mirbach-5rear view Jaguar XK150 FHC