Gallery: the long road to the Jaguar F-Type
Ian Callum, director of design, talks exclusively on the cars that led Jaguar to today’s all-conquering roadster
Posted: 02 May 2013
Ian Callum on… the 1975 Jaguar XKS
“Oh my, how this car was ridiculed at launch for lacking the drama of the E-Type. Not its fault in my opinion; it was caught out by the politics of change the company was drowning in. I believe it was originally intended as a mid-engined car, hence the Ferrari-like buttresses. Imagine a V12 engine nestled in there and it all makes sense.
“And back then, new aerodynamics theory directed a more square approach to the design language — yup, sadly air likes flat sides and square fronts. But I am beginning to appreciate the elegance of this car. I love the single positive and beautiful waistline running through the car, for example. It’s not voluptuous. But is does have proper Jaguar design DNA.”