Jaguar XK, E-Type & Saloon Trim & Upholstery
During its 35 years history, John Skinner (Manufacturing) Limited have been manufacturing upholstery and interior trim parts for Classic Vintage Jaguar Sports Car after-market. We can offer interior trim parts for the XK120, XK140 & XK150, all E-Type models, and a selection of the “compact” Saloon / Sedan models. Our experienced team of sewers and trim upholsters use a large catalogue of tooling, patterns and machinery to manufacture all the interior parts required to completely restore your Jaguar model back to its original specification. We can also offer more custom upholstery if you prefer. Thanks to our long history and close relationships with enthusiasts and professional trimmers alike; we have been able to update and modify certain parts to assist in your re-trim process. We also have the correct tooling to replicate the original embossed high frequency “weld” patterns that were featured on the majority of the original Saloon car door panels – very few companies can offer this service. In addition, we can also emboss leather seat panels as exhibited on some E Types & all Saloon cars (except Mark 2 / Mark II cars). John Skinner was an active and known member of the Jaguar Specialists Association before it was disbanded in the late 1990s. The company have also been featured in various Jaguar collectors and enthusiasts magazines and publications, including Philip Porters “The Iconic Jaguar XK” and “The Iconic E Type” publications. Customer of ours often contribute towards articles in the E Type and XK Club magazines.
Unveiled at the 1948 London Motor Show to demonstrate the new “XK” engine; it was such a show stopper that William Lyons was prompted into production of the XK120 in 1949. For the following 15 years up until 1961, a variety of XK models were manufactured and delivered, including the XK120, XK140 & XK150 models. All three were available as; Open Two Seater (OTS / Roadster, Fixed Head Coupé (FHC), or Drop Head Coupé (DHC). During this period it is estimated that around 30,000 cars were delivered to a variety of destinations around the world; although the exact figures are not known.
Famously dubbed “the most beautiful car ever made” by Enzo Ferrari; Jaguar and Sir William Lyons introduced the Malcolm Sayer designed E-Type in 1961. Initially introduced as an Two Seater Roadster or Fixed Head Coupé (FHC) model with a 3.8 litre engine. Quickly updated with a 4.2 ltr engine, and later in 1970 a 5.3 litre V12; Jaguar also introduced 4 Seater Two-plus-Two (2+2) model in 1966. Production of the different models and series carried on until 1975 when the last car was rolled off the Coventry production line. In all, approximately 72,500 cars were made during this 15 year period.
Jaguar had always been involved in the popular sports car market; but with the 1959 release of the Mark 2 (MK2) Saloon / Sedan; William Lyons offered a car with “grace, pace and space” as he famously put it. Although not Jaguars’ first saloon model, its release marked the start of a sedan model revolution on the Jaguar production line. Following on from the release of the Mark 2, the Daimler V8 250, S Type (420), MK10 (420G), and the XJ6/12 and XJ-S series saw continued success for many decades.