Sixties Junior Jaguar Saloon

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Maurice Ital
Joined: 2011-08-28

Another might have been:

from the outset, Jaguar had been seriously worried about the potential
sales impact of the Rover and Triumph 2000s on the cheaper end of its
model range, and plans for a high-volume 'baby' Jaguar using
Coventry Climax engines and MG MGC-derived running gear had been
well-advanced at the time of the Leyland-BMH merger, only to suffer
almost immediate termination by Lord Stokes who viewed the vehicle as
being too closely competitive with planned Triumph offerings.
Ironically, part of Coventry Climax's initial development programme
for the engines in question (the 'CFA' and 'CFF' V8s) had
involved evaluating a prototype unit actually converted from a
redundant 'FWMV' Formula One racing engine - installed in Climax
Managing Director Leonard Lee' personal Triumph 2000 estate! See
SIXappeal Issue 112 (April 2000) and Coventry Climax Racing Engines by
Des Hamill (Veloce, 2004)

Got this from here:

But does anyone know any more?

Maurice Ital
Joined: 2011-08-28

Got to say the formatting could have been better...

Maurice Ital
Joined: 2011-08-28


Doesn't anyone else find this a fascinating might have been, and a something of a curiosity?

It interests me for all sorts of reasons.

You've got the company tooling up for a compact V8, for one, when it already had the Edward Turner 2.5 litre V8 in production.

Secondly, there's the bit about using MGC running  gear - by which I suppose is meant the C's torsion bar IFS (can't imagine they planned on using a leaf-sprung rear axle )

People! This is Jaguar I'm talking about, a company that was pathologically determined to retain its independence under British Leyland, actually proposing to use oily bits from a common Morris in a new car. Such a shame the company was so unbending later on: it might be sacrilege to suggest it, but the adoption of the 4.4 litre Rover V8 in the late Seventies would almost certainly propelled the XJ6 with as much authority as the XK, but more reliably (less unreliably?) than the old twin-cam...

Thirdly, it finally gives credibility to the X-type; it can now come in from the cold. After all,  if Sir William Lyons was happy to build a baby Jag on BMC bits, why should Jaguar enthusiasts take against its Ford-based successor?