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A British multinational car manufacturer, Jaguar Cars has a rich and prestigious history that is indicative of its current high-stature amongst auto enthusiasts.  The history of Jaguar can be traced back to 1922, when Billy Lyons, at just 21 years old, formed a partnership with William Walmsley in Blackpool, England, in order to create sidecars for motorcycles, which they named Swallow Sidecar Company.  Focused on making sidecars stylish, rather than the ugly appendages that they were at that point in time, they eventually formed SS Cars Ltd.  By 1935, their eye for aesthetics resulted in the SS Model line of sports cars.  
 
Eventually, in 1935, they adopted the name "Jaguar" for their new lines of SS Jaguars.  Working with the Standard Motor Company, they created specifically designed engines and chassis in order to create long, low rakish bodies for their cars, which drew inspiration from the animal they were named after.  The SS100, which some consider the first real sports car in the world, managed to combine not only sleek looks, but also incredible performance.  
 
After World War II ended, the "SS" part of the name was abandoned due to its negative associations, as they officially renamed their company "Jaguar Cars."  At that time, Lyons and some of his main engineers, including Bill Heynes and Walter Hassan, were designing a new engine that was both high-performance and had the ability to be further developed in the future.  Its complex design was the first to be produced in such large quantities.  They first showcased the engine, known as the XK, in their XK 120, which became an overwhelming sensation at the 1948 London Motor Show.  The XK 120 was a car that combined racing car performance with everyday comfort.  It soon became quite popular, especially in Hollywood, as 60% of their sales were exported to the United States.  
 
A new large saloon was created in 1950 and named the Mark VII.  Proving to be another great success, it coexisted with the XK line, which was itself busy breaking records on race tracks around the world, namely by Stirling Moss.  Throughout the rest of the 1950s and into the 1960s, the Jaguar range of cars continued to expand, most notably with the E-type in 1961.
 
In 1971, they introduced the V12 engine, which was the first to be mass-produced on an international level.  They eventually created the XJ line of cars to replace the E-type, starting in 1975.  By the 1990s, Jaguar was a household name.  They continue to be an innovative and widely respected brand.  In 2009, their all-aluminum cars were replaced by a completely new design.  Their desire to take risks and constantly reinvent themselves, rather than rest on their laurels, is partly why they've been so successful.

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