We were recently updating our website, to make sure that all of our new designs are available (weathervanes and signs) which was a great opportunity for us to take stock of the sheer amount of designs we have now done! In a way what is on our website is almost the tip of the iceberg, as in order to prevent the website becoming un-navigable, quite a few of our designs don’t actually make it online.
One area that really stood out for me was the classic Jaguar weathervanes we have now done. I think they work so well as they are so distinctive and indeed timeless. There are very few manufacturers where their cars are considered classics as soon as they roll out of the factory, but I think, with regards to Jaguar this is definitely the case.
As with a few of the classic car marques, there are several we have completed which are not on our website, mainly the variety of E-Type Jaguars, we have done both Roadsters and coupes and designs based on series 1,2 and three cars! To keep things simple we have kept the series one coupe on our website, but we always encourage potential customers to get in touch, if we have not done a design based on their specific model we certainly can. Along with the E-Type Weathervane we have also used this design on swinging signs, wall mounted house name plates and sets of coat or key hooks.
Jaguars reputation is not just based on their sportscars, and this, the Mark 2 Jaguar is almost the archetypal Jaguar Saloon. It was luxurious and elegant, whilst also being quick and powerful. The size and power of them gave them a reputation as bank robbers cars, being more than capable of outrunning the police cars of the era. Amusingly we did produce a weathervane for one customer who owned a Mark 2 Jaguar and was also a keen hunter. The slightly suspect look of a man with a shotgun stood in front of his Mark 2 Jaguar did add a tongue in cheek element of humour to the whole thing! The only Police car capable of keeping up with a Mark 2 Jaguar was probably the Mark 2 Jaguar, with the 3.2 litre model capable of 125mph. The car was also immortalised in the TV series Inspector Morse, leading to even more fans of the car. The distinctive lines make this car instantly recognisable from its silhouette on a sign or weathervane and I’m proud of the way our design picks out all the key details. Our Mark 2 Jaguar weathervane can be found here.
While I did mention that not all new weathervane designs make it on to the website, as some are very close to other models of car, we could not help but have all three of these weathervane designs listed. We often get requests for new designs to be created, which are very similar to existing designs as people searching for one will inevitably find the other. This is almost certainly the case here. Having created a weathervane based around the Jaguar XK120, a customer got in touch about having a weathervane made with an XK140 on it. The customer wanted the design to represent them, enjoying the car and though the car in silhouette form is very similar to the XK120 I think this completely changes the design and does work really well as a weathervane, as the car, moving in the wind, does look like it is in motion. By the time the XK150 came in, the split windscreen had gone and the body line from the wing stayed higher along the side of the car. It definitely merited a completely new design and for anyone familiar with these cars, even from a distance, I think our weathervane makes it immediately identifiable. These three weathervane can be found following the three links below:
Jaguar XK120, Jaguar XK140, Jaguar XK150
At the moment, this is the extent of our Jaguar metalwork but given the number of models produced over the years and both the following they have and deserve and the distinctive shapes lending themselves to use as a silhouette in bespoke metalwork I’m sure we will produce many more. From the 1935 SS Jaguar 100, right up to the current range, if you would like a unique and personal sign or weathervane for yourself or as the perfect gift for a Jaguar enthusiast, please get in touch and we can get to work on a new design for you.