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It was towards the end of WWII in 1945, that Lyons was the first to recognise that the SS initials had become tarnished by their identification with the Schutzstaffel in Nazi Germany A sector of the community which was not highly regarded was how he later put it. So in April 1945, SS Cars became Jaguar Cars, a name Lyons had prudently registered back in November 1937.

Jaguar 3 litre MkV saloon In September 1948 Jaguar announced its first new post war, stop gap model. A more radical saloon was being conceived but such was the complexity of the body for this (the Mark VII), that its chassis was used on the Mark V, replacing the Mark IVs from which its body was derived, and available with just two engine options: the 2 and 3 litre power units. It would be another two years before the Mark VII was ready for production.

A revolutionary new engine was also being worked on by Heynes for the Mark VII, but it was considered that the Mark V was a little too conservative in which to launch this, and so a new sports car was conceived intended for low volume production as a showcase and testbed for the engine.

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