60 Years of Sporting Saloons - 2007 Jaguar S-Type ‘R’ Last Production S-Type BX08 VCO
This car is the last-of-line Jaguar S-Type that came off the production line on 18th September 2007. The S-Type was in production from 1999 until 2007 when a total of 291,386 cars were produced.
The X200 model, named the S-Type after the equivalent Jaguar model of the 1960s and launched at the 1998 British International Motor Show at the National Exhibition Centre, Birmingham, was one of the most eagerly awaited new Jaguar models for many years. For the first time in almost thirty years, it gave Jaguar a second saloon model in the range, it brought Jaguar back to its roots as a maker of compact luxury sports saloons. It was the first all-new saloon model introduced after the Jaguar company had been taken over by Ford in 1989.
While the S-Type initiated the policy of sharing selected components with other cars manufactured by the Ford Group, the designers and engineers behind the car remained faithful to the ideal of making the car a true Jaguar thoroughbred. This was evident in the distinctive style, developed under the guidance of the late Geoff Lawson, Jaguar’s Design Director whose last work the S-Type was. The car featured several instantly recognisable Jaguar styling signatures, evoking the spirit of Jaguars of the past, without being in any way ‘retro styled’.
The chassis was carefully engineered, with double wishbone front and rear suspension, to provide the unique Jaguar driving experience, offering a remarkable combination of agile handling with supple ride and luxurious comfort worthy of the marque. The engines were the well-proven Jaguar AJ-V8 of 4 litres, or alternatively the new AJ-V6 engine of 3 litres. Overall, the S-Type gave Jaguar a convincing entry in the important executive class.
In 2002 the S-Type was given a complete makeover with minor changes to the exterior and interior and revisions to the engine line-up including the introduction of the supercharged 4.2 litre S-Type R.
Further improvements arrived in 2004 with a facelifted front and rear end incorporating a lighter, aluminium bonnet and boot. Also introduced at this time was a diesel engine of 2.7 litre capacity, a joint venture with Ford and Peugeot-Citroën. This was an entirely new engine with new technology like a block made from lightweight compacted graphite iron.
Registration Mark: BX08 VCO
Chassis Number: SAJAC03R081N91220
Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Inventory Number: 172/J.111