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End of a Jaguar era

 

The final Jaguar F-type sports car made at the brand’s manufacturing facility in Castle Bromwich will join the Jaguar Heritage collection: 50 years to the day since the last Jaguar E-type drove off the production line.

 

 

The final F-type is a 5.0-litre V8 Convertible in Giola Green with a black roof and a Tan Windsor leather interior: similar to that of the 5.3-litre V12 final E-type Series III Convertible built in 1974 and registered as HDU 555N.

It will be handed to the custodians of Jaguar’s history, the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust (JDHT), where it will join its E-type predecessor in the official Jaguar Heritage collection and take part in a series of special events and activities this year.

The final F-type has been produced as Jaguar readies a bold transformation into all-electric cars that’s spearheaded by a four-door electric GT that’s promised for 2025.

Rawdon Glover, Jaguar managing director, said: 

“The singular vision of Jaguar’s founder, Sir William Lyons, was to be future-facing, relevant and original.

“Today, as we celebrate F-type and our 75-year history of innovative Jaguar sports cars, we are also looking forward to the beginning of a new era. 

“We will reimagine and elevate the Jaguar brand that will be focused on growing client intimacy and engagement, underpinned by our purpose to inspire like no other.”

The F-type was launched as a convertible in 2013 and was Jaguar’s first two-seat sports car in almost 40 years. It received universal acclaim and was named 2013 World Car Design of the Year. The coupé made its debut the following year, going on sale in Australia in June 2014.

 

Moe than 87,700 F-types have been produced and it will continue to be available until early 2025, including the F-type ZP Edition coupé version, of which 24 of the total 150 being built will be available for sale in Australia. 

JDHT records show that Jaguar produced 72,528 E-types, ending with a special run of 50 cars. All but one was painted black, while the second-to-last car was British Racing Green and was supplied to a private Jaguar collector.

 

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