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British car show coming to Centerport

7. Jaguar X-Type 2002-2008 In the early 2000s,

7. Jaguar X-Type


In the early 2000s, the class of entry-level luxury cars was growing. Most were sporty and started at $30,000 or less. Wanting in, Jaguar came out with the X-Type. From the get-go, critics warned that a cheap Jag would be bad for the brand and that Ford ? which bought the company in 1989 ? would probably cut corners and sacrifice quality. That was before they saw the product. Sharing its front-drive platform with a European Ford Mondeo, the X-Type was a too-small, not-so-sporty sedan with all-wheel drive that was hamstrung by some of the forewarned quality issues. The trap was clearly visible from miles away, and Ford walked right into it. A 2002 Jaguar X-Type can be had for up to $8,500. A 2002 Honda Civic goes for up to $9,275. Photo Credit: Jaguar

The Vanderbilt Museum will host a British car show on Sept. 18. The show, held by the Jaguar Drivers Club of Long Island, expects to feature dozens of vehicles and is being held in honor of the 50th anniversary of the Jaguar X-KE type, first manufactured in 1961.

The show will begin at 11 a.m. The general admission fee is $7, with discounts for seniors, students and children.

The museum has been the site of numerous car shows for more than 30 years. William K. Vanderbilt II, an automobile aficionado, was a race-car driver who launched the Vanderbilt Cup in auto racing in 1904.

For more information, or to register a car for the show, contact the club at 516-607-6074 or at



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