June 9, 2014
This is the hood ornament on the 1964 MK2 Jaguar car that I posted as my photo of the day on Saturday. It's a real beauty!!
According to http://www.thetruthaboutcars.com:
"According to Jaguar lore, Jaguar started using a leaping cat in the 1930s, after William Lyons renamed the Swallow Sidecar Co. to Jaguar. Some owners had their own mascots made, as hood ornaments became known after they stopped being radiator caps. Lyons disapproved, and I can see why. Appropriately aggressive, but Jaguars are known for grace and it’s not quite graceful. Some artists have trouble capturing the big cats. Soon after, Lyons had automotive artist F. Gordon Crosby design an official mascot, which has become known simply as the “leaper”. Today it’s the symbol of the company, gracing its cars in one way or another (its profile currently adorns the rear decklid of the XF and XJ), its logo, and its buildings. The Jaguar hood ornament has remained virtually unchanged since 1938."
I'm off for another week-long business trip today. I'll do my best to browse and comment on your photos while I'm away.
Have a "leap-ingly" great day!
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