History & Timeline:
: William Lyons and Williams Walmsley founded Swallow Sidecar Company together.
William Walmsley (1892, Stockport, UK -1961, Poulton-le-Fylde, UK).
Mr William Lyons (1901Blackpool, UK- 8 February 1985 Warwickshire, UK).
: Lyons enters car-making, crafting a two-seater body for the Austin Seven car.
: Walmsley sold his share to Lyons, who then changed the company to S.S. Cars Limited.
: the name S.S. Jaguar was first introduced to the public on 2.5L saloon sports models known as the SS 90 and SS 100.
: Lyons decided to change the company’s name to Jaguar Cars Limited. The reason?
“Unlike S. S. the name Jaguar is distinctive and cannot be connected or confused with any similar foreign name,” said Lyons.
: William Lyons Designed the XK120 to become a first icon sport car and signature over the next two decades.
: The Jaguar C-TYPE – originally the XK120C – claimed to be 25-percent lighter 1951 Jaguar C-TYPE took home the checkered flag in its debut at 24 Hours of Le Mans.
: Malcolm Sayer Designed The D type was the first to use monocoque construction – that is, borrowing techniques from aircraft design.
: The Mark II was an evolution for the sporting saloon segment, It included the legendary straight six engine in 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8 litres.
: Jaguar Cars merged with the British Motor Corporation.
: Jagaur turn merged with Leyland Motor Corporation to become British Leyland.
: Jaguar is split off from British Leyland and listed on the London Stock Exchange.
: After spinning off from British Leyland, Jaguar was acquired by Ford for 18 years.
: Jaguar produced, for the first time, a compact car—the X-Type., it was considered a disappointment to Jaguar, which had anticipated selling twice as many.
: India Tata Motors purchased both Jaguar and Land Rover.
: Jaguar was forced to seek state loan guarantees from then Business Secretary Lord Mandelson.
: Sales of Jaguar cars rise 11pc to 63,155, with particularly strong performances in North America, Russia, and China. Company drives towards a £1bn annual profit.
: New Logo
: Jaguar Land Rover sold 557,706 vehicles in 127 countries.