Inspired by CycleDog provocation, I noticed there was a roll of exposed film I'd taken with my Praktica, described here. When I got it back, from Walgreens, I found the pictures were from nine years ago, from the Seattle Jaguar Club Mercer Island Concours d'elegance. It was the last car show from Felix's last all-out show season. BY THE WAY, when I was in at Walgreens (we drove), I made sure to ask the clerk where their bicycle parking was. When told there was none, I innocently inquired if, in that case, it was OK to walk my bike with me while I shopped next time I came, as long as I was careful. Now I checked, so Buddy has official Walgreens permission.
Elegant in a different way than the prewar Raleigh, shown here, the SS100 Jaguar is officially a classic. When new, it cost less than Buddy. Now it'd be more expensive than most houses to get one. I doubt that you'll see one of these behind you, impatiently honking. They're proud products of an English heritage that's faded with the years, and which the world will not see again. By the way, Jaguar before the war was a model name, NOT the name of the company that built the cars. After the war, the company founder, Sir William Lyons, decided that "SS" was not a good name for marketing purposes, even for an English company.
SS100 Jaguar from the Patrick Hart Estate
After the war, the English dropped back quite a way, and began to produce cars for export in much larger numbers. Still, for many years, they hadn't forgotten elegance. The car below is a late 1950's Mark IX Jaguar, driving down a sidewalk to its assigned spot on the field. The Mark IX was the successor to the Mark VIII, as shown in the classic Hitchcock film, Vertigo. Looking very much like a contemporary Rolls Royce, these cars were quick, quiet, and spacious.
Mark IX Jaguar