Jaguar has been in the news, but for the wrong reasons Ford is having to bail it out to the tune of £1.2 billion, while the failure of Jaguar Racing in Formula One is still a recent memory. Elsewhere in this issue, Ed McDonough drives the D-type that won Le Mans in 1955 and everyone at Ford should read Ed’s piece.
When Ford bought Jaguar, it made improvements. There was not much wrong with the design of the range, the problem was the bought-in components. Henry brought muscle to bear and Jaguar shot up in customer satisfaction surveys. For a time it seemed that Ford’s hope that Jaguar would one day compete with BMW had some substance, then came the new models made under the Ford regime.