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Clark Gable’s custom 1952 Jaguar XK120 is up for auction right now

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

A 1952 Jaguar XK120 Roadster, originally owned by movie icon Clark Gable, is now being offered for sale.

Discovered abandoned in 2010, the classic Jag has been subject to a thorough restoration process to return the car to its former glory. 

Being owned by one of Hollywood’s greatest stars, and featuring custom touches by George Barris, should make this a roadster in demand. 

“I’m no actor and I never have been”

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

The 1952 XK120 available on Bring a Trailer is said to be one of three owned by Clark Gable during his silver screen career. 

Best known for appearing in the 1939 classic Gone with the Wind, Gable was rated as the seventh-greatest legendary movie star by the American Film Institute. He also topped lists of biggest money-making actors multiple times. 

Such success allowed him to indulge in pleasures such as buying Jaguar sports cars, even into the twilight years of his career after military service during World War II. 

Hollywood Hobbies 

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

Built in July 1952, the XK120 Roadster available for sale was delivered to Los Angeles and sold through the Hornburg dealership. Originally painted in Battleship Grey by the factory, the car was sent almost immediately to the workshops of George and Sam Barris. 

Gable’s initial Jaguar XK120 was the first one sold in the United States, having been bought new in Hollywood. His second was said to have been a gift from Tony Hulman, the owner of the Indianapolis Motor Speedway.

This meant he wanted his third XK120 to stand out, meaning the gray paintwork had to go. As such, Gable asked Barris Kustoms to repaint the Jaguar in a bold bronze color scheme. 

Too Hot to Handle

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

Along with the paintwork, Barris Kustoms also shaved the headlight spears, smoothed the front fenders, and removed decorative items from the trunk. A custom-made hardtop was also installed, plus Barris Kustoms badges. 

The interior of the XK120 was left unchanged by Barris Kustoms, retaining the bold red leather upholstery and matching wool carpets. 

Also untouched was the standard 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine and its twin SU carburettors. This offered 160 horsepower, and made the XK120 the world’s fastest production car when it debuted in 1948. 

Gone with the Wind 

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

Following Gable’s death in 1960, details of where the XK120 went are unclear. However, it was discovered by a Chicago-based car collector in 2010, having been left in storage.

The extensive restoration was then commissioned, including having the car painted in the subtler Opalescent Sand color seen on it now.

All work was documented and photographed, including original items like the factory tool kit and custom luggage marked with Gable’s initials. 

Following the restoration the car has appeared at the 2017 Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance, the 2019 Greenwich Concours, and this year’s Amelia Island Concours event.

Homecoming

Clark Gable Jaguar XK120

A Jaguar XK120 in fully restored condition, and with only 18,000 miles on the odometer, would be a desirable classic in almost any situation.

Having been owned by a cinema legend, and featuring modifications by a famed custom shop, makes this a unique proposition. 

Certificates of authenticity from Barris Kustoms and the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust are included in the sale, plus a photo of Gable with the car itself. 

The car is being sold as part of Bring a Trailer’s Premium service, meaning the auction runs for longer than normal. Due to conclude on Friday, April 10th, Gable’s Jaguar has already received several big bids.

Project Vector is JLR’s autonomous pod of the future

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

Jaguar Land Rover has unveiled its Project Vector concept, a pod-like vehicle that envisions how it would address demand for autonomous vehicles in future urban infrastructure. You might see it testing in Coventry sooner rather than later.

JLR describes Project Vector as how it’s “developing tomorrow’s mobility, today”, and is a key next step in its Destination Zero plan. Indeed, this is not a future replacement for the upcoming all-electric XJ.

Rather, it’s a proposal for a mobility solution in parts of the world that are looking to evolve beyond the traditional driven car, as we know it today. It’s JLR’s vision of “an autonomous, electric, connected future for urban mobility”. 

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

“Future urban travel will be a composite of owned and shared vehicles, access to ride-hailing and on-demand services as well as public transport,” explained Dr. Tim Leverton, project director.

“Shared and private vehicles will share spaces with and be connected to public transit networks, so you can travel on demand and autonomously. That is a complex task, best achieved by working together with partners across the spectrum of vehicles, infrastructure and the digital world.

”Our vision shows the vehicle as a flexible part of the urban mobility network that can be adapted for different purposes.”

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

Its battery down-low ‘skateboard’ design means that the platform can be very versatile. It measures just four metres in length, while the cabin allows for multiple configurations and uses.

These range from luxurious personal transit, to being a shared shuttle, and even a ‘last-mile’ delivery vehicle. Think of it as the next Addison Lee, Uber Luxe and DPD van, with a splash of urban tram, all rolled into one.

This experimental vehicle is also part of JLR’s study on how customers will connect with future mobility, and how the infrastructure will grow to meet it.

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

“It’s a unique opportunity,” explained chief engineer Professor Dr Gero Kempf.

”A concept platform designed and engineered around urban-centric use cases by a major car maker as a blank canvas, for developing tailored services and apps in the ecosystem of a smart city.”

JLR’s ‘living laboratory’ in Coventry

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

The most interesting part is that JLR wants Vector to go beyond many ‘future mobility’ concepts we’ve seen, which are at best a drawing board vision made 3D. Project Vector might well be put into action, with a collaboration planned with Coventry City Council and the West Midlands Combined Authority. 

The plan is for a mobility service from late 2021, as a “living laboratory for future mobility on the streets of Coventry”. Put simply, JLR might be deploying something like Project Vector in Coventry as some sort of futuristic tram for the road network. It’s how park and ride services across the UK could look ten years from now. Obviously, there is potential for more bespoke applications.

‘The brightest minds in academia’

JLR Project Vector, autonomous pod for the future

“Project Vector shows Jaguar Land Rover as a leader in innovation to make our societies safer and healthier, and the environment cleaner,” said JLR CEO, Sir Ralf Speth.

”Through this project, we are collaborating with the brightest minds in academia, supply chain and digital services, to create connected, integrated mobility systems – the fundamental building blocks for Destination Zero.

“Project Vector is precisely the brave and innovative leap forward needed to deliver on our mission.”

New Jaguar models to get integrated Spotify

Jaguars with SOTA get integrated Spotify

The latest update for software-over-the-air capable Jaguar models is an embedded Spotify app. Not sent via your phone or Bluetooth, but integrated into the car’s infotainment system.

It’ll debut on the new Jaguar F-Type, with the app integrated into its latest Touch Pro infotainment system. Jaguar worked with Spotify to develop the software specifically to work natively in Jaguar’s infotainment. That means no plugging in or pairing: your Spotify Premium library is ready and waiting, after a simple login process.

With Spotify Connect, drivers who had been listening on their mobile device should enjoy seamless continuation of playback in the car once they get in. 

Jaguars with SOTA get integrated Spotify

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Jaguar isn’t the only manufacturer to boast an integrated Spotify facility on its cars. It joins the likes of Cadillac, Tesla and Volvo with the integration of the music service. Volvo actually integrated Spotify back in 2016, and Tesla in 2015.

“Our customers expect the latest infotainment and connectivity technology, and the new F-Type’s embedded Spotify app has been developed to offer them exactly that,” said Alan Volkaerts, vehicle line director for the F-Type.

“Our engineers have worked closely with Spotify to integrate this app into the Touch Pro infotainment system, and as a result our customers can have access to a huge library of music without needing to connect their phones. And the seamless playback between devices in the home to the car – and back again – makes the new F-Type even more enjoyable to drive.”

SEE ALSO: Kaiser Chiefs star Ricky Wilson and Example test new in-car Spotify app

Jaguars with SOTA get integrated Spotify

F-Type buyers can enhance the connectivity of their new sports car with the optional Smartphone Pack. This includes Android Auto and Apple CarPlay. Audiophiles should take a shine to the Meridian Audio system, too.

The latest Jaguar F-Type launched with a new face, and lost some of its engine options. Slender lights and a stretched-out snout are welcome, but the loss of the supercharged V6 is a shame. The supercharged V8 remains, though, both in 450hp convertible form, and 575hp R coupe form. So should the new Spotify update have any teething problems, you’ll still have something nice to listen to.

Jaguar to stop production of I-Pace due to battery shortage

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

Jaguar is pausing production of its all-electric I-Pace SUV at its Graz plant in Austria from 17 February. The stoppage will last a week.

This follows the announcement that JLR will be slowing or pausing car production at its West Midlands facilities, between now and the end of March.

Recent car production issues have been blamed on the spread of the coronavirus virus. However, the stopping of I-Pace production isn’t included in that. Nor is slow sales, as with the West Midlands stoppages. Instead, battery supply issues from LG Chem are to blame. Though the company does have facilities very close to the epicentre of the virus’s outbreak, it’s the Polish Wroclaw facility that’s the issue in this instance.

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

’“Jaguar Land Rover has adjusted production schedules of the Jaguar I-Pace in Graz due to temporary supplier scheduling issues,” a JLR spokesperson told The Drive. 

”We are working with the supplier to resolve this and minimise impact on customer orders.”

In fact, the slowdown of battery production is affecting multiple carmakers. Audi and Mercedes join Jaguar in depending on the Wroclaw factory for batteries used in the E-Tron and EQC. This is a taste of the widespread issue with battery supply that some cite as a major hurdle in the mainstream adoption of EVs. 

Jaguar I-Pace production to pause for a week

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Production can only be limited given current production capacity. Manufacturers have both looked to suppliers like LG Chem and Panasonic, and built their own facilities, in an attempt to get more mainstream EV production off the ground. While progress has been made, there’s still a way to go.

At the moment, demand is more or less in tune with supply. Jaguar sold around 18,000 units of its I-Pace last year. It made up 16 percent of the marque’s overall European sales, but nevertheless, the slowdown in production shouldn’t break too many hearts, given there isn’t exactly a queue out the door at Jaguar dealers.

Jaguar I-Pace gets FREE electric range boost thanks to racing

Jaguar I-Pace eTROPHY Software Update

Jaguar has used learning from the racetrack to give the all-electric I-Pace a 12.5-mile real-world range improvement – for FREE.

All existing I-Pace owners can benefit from the free electric range improvement by visiting their local Jaguar dealer.

The update also adds on ‘software-over-the-air’ functionality, similar to the technology used by Tesla. This allows Jaguar to remotely send software improvements, so owners don’t have to visit dealers for future updates.

Racing improves the breed

Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy

The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy was introduced in 2018. Supporting Formula E, identical I-Paces compete in the world’s first production-based all-electric race series.

Jaguar joined the series to learn from extreme use conditions and the first findings are being used to improve the range of road-going I-Pace.

The updates see the all-wheel drive system work more efficiently, while the active radiator vanes will close more frequently to boost aerodynamic efficiency.

Jaguar will also run the battery in a lower state of charge than before, eking out more miles per charge, without harming durability or performance.

Jaguar I-Pace

Stephen Boulter, I-Pace vehicle engineering manager, said: “The Jaguar I-Pace eTrophy has generated a huge amount of data for us to analyse and those marginal gains, derived from competition on the track, are now being applied to customers’ cars to further enhance their driving experience.” 

Other updates include tweaks to the regenerative braking. More energy is recovered at lower speed, and energy recuperation is now more efficient when the battery is fully charged.

Jaguar has even upgraded the predicted range display on the dashboard. This is more accurate and consistent, and better reflects an individual driving style.

“The new software updates optimise the powertrain control systems to improve efficiency and allow I-Pace drivers to travel even further on a single charge without any hardware changes,” added Boulter.

“It really is a case of the vehicle getting better with age.”

Jaguar I-Pace recharging

The I-Pace’s 90 kWh battery still gives a maximum 292-mile WLTP-rated range, along with 0-62 mph in 4.5 seconds. The official range figure is unchanged; it’s the real-world range that gets the 12.5-mile boost.

Jaguar says it will charge in around 10 hours using a 7kW home wall box, or just 40 minutes using a high-power 100kW rapid charger.

The updated Jaguar I-Pace range is now on sale, with prices from £60,995.

Jaguar E-type Zero

Jaguar pauses electric E-type Zero

Jaguar E-type Zero

Jaguar has reportedly paused plans to introduce an all-electric version of the classic E-type

The E-type Zero was first shown in September 2017, and plans to put it into production were confirmed in August 2018. 

Jaguar is now putting the project on hold after what The Sunday Telegraph calls a “reappraisal”. 

The firm said launching the E-type Zero is “not a priority in the current global commercial climate”. 

Deliveries of the £350,000 car were originally scheduled to begin in summer 2020. Jaguar started taking expressions of interest in summer 2018, and even set up a dedicated email address for potential buyers: zero@jaguarlandrover.com. 

Owners who expressed interest have now been contacted: “It is with regret that I inform you that we have taken a difficult decision to pause the development of the production vehicle for the time being.”

Jaguar E-type Zero

The car was famously used by the Duke of Sussex to drive the Duchess to their wedding reception

It also won the ‘Best use of electricity since the light bulb’ prize at the 2018 GQ Awards. 

“Jaguar Classic will continue to monitor the external environment, the speed of EV development and demand from the customer base around the world,” added the firm in a statement. 

The development of the E-type Zero’s EV technology is already, it admitted, in an “advanced” state. 

All new Jaguars and Land Rovers will get over-the-air updates

JLR over-the-air updates

Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) has announced every new car it sells will have Software-Over-The-Air (SOTA) capability as standard. Drivers will be able to receive software patches and updates wherever they are, without having to return to a dealer.

This means the Touch Pro and Touch Pro Duo infotainment systems that feature in current JLR models will be able to remain up-to-date. The feature was highlighted on the new Land Rover Defender, but will now be available across all Jaguars and Land Rovers.

The idea of over-the-air software updates was popularised by Tesla. Now, the likes of JLR and Porsche are implementing similar tech.

JLR over-the-air updates

“We are passionate about creating and delivering the latest technology to our customers,” said Nick Rogers, director of product engineering at Jaguar Land Rover.

“Building on the connected capability of our new Defender, we have made our pioneering software-over-the-air capability for infotainment updates standard on all our new vehicles.”

Nearly-new cars get free updateJLR over-the-air updates

Most impressive, perhaps, is the fact that newer JLR cars are eligible for a free update. Half a million cars sold since 2016 should be able to receive the complimentary update at a dealer, then become SOTA-capable.

“Of course, we want our existing customers to benefit from the latest connected features as well,” Rogers followed.

“Which is why we are offering them a complimentary upgrade to enable this capability on their vehicles too, together with the latest updates for their infotainment systems.”

Jaguar is making classic tool kits for the E-Type again

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

For the first time in nearly 50 years, Jaguar Classic is putting the original E-Type tool kit back into production. The last time these were available new was when the final Series 2 E-Type was sold in 1971.

Original kits trade hands for as much as £5,000. Now, you can pick up a newly-manufactured set for £732 from Jaguar Classic. The kits are exact reproductions, with the team at Jaguar Classic making use of engineering records and drawings.

As well as being something you can buy on its own, the kit is also offered alongside a ‘reborn’ E-Type restoration.

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

All the spanners are sized for working on fittings the E-Type uses; the kit allows you do everything from checking your tyre pressures, to adjusting the handbrake, to greasing the hinges. Indeed, you could effectively dismantle your E-Type with these tools alone.

The kit includes the following:

  • Adjustable spanner
  • Tyre valve key
  • Pliers
  • Tyre pressure gauge
  • Points screwdriver
  • Feeler gauge
  • Three-piece screwdriver
  • Spanner ¾ x 7/8 AF
  • Spanner 9/16 x 5/8 AF
  • Spanner ½ x 7/16 AF

Jaguar Classic E-type tool kit

  • Spanner 11/32 x 3/8 AF
  • Box Spanner 7/16 x ½
  • Box Spanner 9/16 x 5/8
  • Box Spanner ¾ x 7/8
  • Sparking plug spanner
  • Tommy bars (one short, one long)
  • Valve timing gauge
  • Grease gun
  • Handbrake adjusting wrench
  • Brake bleed tin and tube

“The original E-Type tool kit has become a collector’s item thanks to its rarity and historic appeal”, said Dan Pink, director of Jaguar Classic.

“We’ve had customers across the world contact us about obtaining one, which is why we decided to manufacture the tool kits again to their original specification. It’s the perfect finishing touch for E-Type aficionados.”

You could own Bond villain’s Jaguar hypercar

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

A Jaguar C-X75 prototype stunt car used in 2015 James Bond film Spectre is up for auction later this month. If you can drag yourself away from the Formula One action, it will be offered at RM Sotheby’s Abu Dhabi Grand Prix sale on 30 November.

While it looks like Jaguar’s mothballed hybrid hypercar of 2013, this is a very different beast underneath. The first of four prototype stunt cars, it features a WRC rally-spec spaceframe and a 492hp V8, rather than the Cosworth four-cylinder engine of the original.

It also has a hydraulic handbrake, for some sideways car chase theatrics, plus a bucket seat to keep the stunt driver held in properly.

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

In the film, Mr Hinx, played by muscle-bound wrestler-turned-actor Dave Bautista, pursued Daniel Craig’s 007 around Rome at the wheel of the big Jag. Craig, of course, was piloting his special Aston Martin DB10.

As well as the film, this car has also appeared for various promotions. Felipe Massa had some hot laps in it prior to the 2015 Mexican Grand Prix, for example.

The car has undergone a full inspection by its builders, Williams Advanced Engineering, while recent work includes an engine rebuild and new clutch.

James Bond spectre Jaguar sale

While the Jaguar is far from a finished article, it is a curious slice of movie history. Not to mention being devastatingly pretty.

How much can you expect to pay? It’s anyone’s guess; there’s not much of a precedent here. All will be revealed when the car crosses the block in Abu Dhabi.

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Royal Daimler with seats for the Queen’s corgis sells for £80,500

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

A Daimler Double Six bought new by the Queen in 1984 has sold for £80,500.

The luxury saloon, a royal custom order, was test-driven for 3,000 miles to ensure it was perfect before the Her Majesty took delivery. 

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

Special features included a bench seat in the back for HRH’s corgis, in place of the standard chairs. A blue convoy light was also carefully hidden near the rear-view mirror, so the car could be easily identified in case of an emergency. 

The Double-Six long-wheelbase, which was auctioned by RM Sotheby’s, is finished in a very dark green, with tan leather and wood trim.

During its time at Buckingham Palace, it was regularly driven by the Queen herself. She used it for three years, but it stayed in the household until 1990, when it was sent back to Jaguar. It covered 29,000 miles in royal ownership. 

Queen's Daimler sells for £85,000

It remained in Jaguar’s custody until 2010, when it was sold to a private owner.

“This Daimler is quite literally fit for a Queen, having known to be regularly driven by Her Majesty herself when the car was new in the 1980s,” said Paul Darvill of RM Sotheby’s.

“To this day, the car remains in perfect condition, having been immaculately maintained by Jaguar at the factory after its royal tenure, up to when it came into the hands of the consignor in 2010 and carefully curated thereafter.”