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Style File # 2: Big Jaguars

Everything old is new(ish) again!  Well, it appears to be so when it comes to big Jags, as evidenced by these two large British saloons. 

At a guess, the black one seen on the left would be a late 50s / early 60s version, whereas the white car - one of the later 'classic' style XJs - could be as recent as the late 90s or even the early 2000s (that's relatively new in UMPH's book!).  Admittedly, the similarities here aren't as strong as between Series 1 XJs and the newer car featured here but there are still clear styling clues that have bridged a four decade divide.

The older car has a distinctly cigar-shaped profile compared to its newer brother but there are sufficient similarities between the two to claim there's a common theme - what might be called a 'big Jag look.'  There's no doubt that look has evolved but - in UMPH's opinion, anyway - it is there.  What do reckon?   

Sadly, that look seems to have ended, with 2009's X358 being the last…

Random # 81: Mini Clubman

Darwin, capital city of Australia's Northern Territory, is home to many classic cars.  Whilst big Aussie and American V8s seem to be the most popular, a few smaller vehicles, like this lovely Mini Clubman, can occasionally seen out and about.


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Random # 80: Morris 1000 Panel Van

UMPH has a new mission:  to capture every Morris Minor / Morris 1000 body type, from the two- and four-door sedans through to the rag-top Tourers, wooden-sided Travellers, and the utility and van variants.

So far, he's managed to snare some fine examples of the four-door sedans in both 'low-light' and later Minor guises, plus a 1000 version but, as yet, no two-doors.

Alistair Wise's lovely Minor flat-tray ute also graces this 'blog but, so far, a tub-styled version has eluded UMPH. 

He's also yet to hunt down a Traveller or a Tourer.

He was, however, pretty chuffed to have happened upon this excellent 1000 van in Argyle Street, Hobart.

It really was in delightful condition, with the F-reg plates suggesting that it's either a recent arrival to Tasmania and / or has just been restored and returned to our roads.

So watch out, Morrie owners - you're in UMPH's sights!

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All iPhone images.