By John Quilter
This article has been transferred from the Zeteo site where MAR Online used to be located in order to make sure that the record of Jaguar Models provided by John’s articles continues to be available.
It has taken a while for a model maker to produce 1:43 scale versions of Jaguar’s erstwhile entry-level car, the X- Type., but Premium X has come through with both the saloon and the estate versions, each in two colour choices. Previously the most common X-Type models were in 1:18 scale by Maisto. I had been inquiring about who might make these two cars since I needed to fill in this gap in my ever growing Jaguar museum in 1:43 scale.
Communications a few years ago with our Executive Editor was not encouraging; at the time he said Jaguar Cars would not issue any licences for the X-Type, as they wanted to walk away from this period in their history although they are now planning a new small Jaguar saloon range. I even proposed writing to Jaguar encouraging them to grant the model licence but he told me in so many words, ‘Don’t bother, it’s not going to happen’. Well, Jaguar must have had a change of heart, as Premium X now has two nice versions. These are in resin and in left-hand or right-hand drive depending on the colour.
My saloon is in a colour that appears to be Jaguar’s Kyanite blue with the Champagne interior and 17 inch Bermuda alloy wheels.
The estate car is in liquid silver, with a warm charcoal interior, and has the Antares 17 inch wheels. Jaguar has so many wheel choices now that they have taken to giving them specific names. The saloon is also produced in Jaguar racing green with Champagne interior in right hand drive and the Sport-wagon in black with mocha interior, again in right-hand drive.
There is reasonable undercarriage detail showing stainless exhaust systems and belly pans under the power unit. Both have glass sunroofs and a delicate heated rear window grid, just like the real car. And as usual with Premium X items, they come in a nice protective perspex display box. All in all I’d say the wait was worth it, and they will take a place alongside my other Jaguar saloons, the S-Type, XF and XJ models.
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