Eight generations of XJ will celebrate 50 years of success as they drive from Jaguar’s Castle Bromwich Assembly Plant to the Paris Motor Show 4 – 14 October 2018.
The Jaguar XJ will present a unique convoy of past and present luxury motoring when the British marque attends the Paris Motor Show, celebrating 50 years of the flagship saloon.
Eight generations of XJ will spearhead the convoy, led by the classic that initiated the ongoing success, the Series I. Heading up the impressive line-up will be the most recent XJ50 special edition, which broke cover earlier this year.
Other significant inclusions will be the extremely popular Series II Coupé and X350 XJR.
The gruelling 839km (521-mile) drive will begin Castle Bromwich, where the luxury saloon is produced and visit a number of influential locations, including Jaguar Classic, Bicester Heritage Centre and the Goodwood and Le Mans race circuits, which have all played a significant role in the life of Jaguar and the XJ.
Last stop will be the Paris Motor Show, where the Jaguar XJ Series I made its debut in 1968.
Ian Callum, Jaguar Director of Design, said:
“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. 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.”
The luxury big cats involved in this historic journey will read as follows:
- Jaguar XJ Series I: 1968
- Jaguar XJ Series II: 1973
- Jaguar XJ Series II Coupé: 1973
- Jaguar XJ Series III: 1979
- Jaguar XJ XJ40: 1986
- Jaguar XJ X300: 1994
- Jaguar XJ X308: 1997
- Jaguar XJ X350: 2003
- Jaguar XJ X351: 2009
- Jaguar XJR575: 2017
- Jaguar XJ XJ50: 2018
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Paris has a special significance to the Jaguar XJ. In 1968 the XJ made its debut at the show, with Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons revealing his vision for a saloon car with the handling of an E-type.
The luxury model was a revelation with its compelling combination of beauty, poise and performance. 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 celebrations began with the introduction of the XJ50 earlier in 2018. The special edition model includes Autobiography-style front and rear bumpers, purposeful new 20-inch Venom wheels, black front grille and unique badging to the rear and side vents. Inside, the luxury cabin features an embossed leaper on the headrests, an XJ50 logo on the centre armrest, unique intaglio branding and XJ50-badged illuminated treadplates.