21 October 2019

Jaguar marks the 60th anniversary of the inimitable Mk 2 with a very special set of photographs that pay homage to the style, creativity and individuality of one of the world’s best-loved saloon cars

  • The Jaguar Mk 2, one of the greatest British cars of all time, celebrates its 60th anniversary this year
  • ‘Rooms by Rankin’ is a series of specially commissioned photographs to celebrate the design of the XF, XE and the legendary Mk 2 sports saloon
  • Jaguar Mk 2 was launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show with a graceful design that epitomised the era

‘Rooms by Rankin’ is a unique partnership between Jaguar and internationally renowned fashion and style photographer Rankin, designed to celebrate the character of three key models – XF, XE and Mk 2.

For the third and final instalment, Rankin created ‘Period Drama’ for the Mk 2 – a bespoke, white-out room complete with a mesmerising pattern of black polka dots.

The Jaguar Mk 2 is a very special car – undeniably beautiful and well-proportioned. I wanted to create something that celebrated the Mk 2’s form and its heritage, but also had a thoroughly modern edge to it. That’s why I chose to use polka dots.


Polka dots are perfect for the Mk 2. They can be wistfully nostalgic and they also have a modern currency that makes them a timeless classic. Rankin has managed to produce a truly stand-out creation. It’s elegant and has a captivating charm that we all appreciate at Jaguar.

Julian Thomson
Jaguar Design Director

The Mk 2 featured in the 'Rooms by Rankin' partnership is a Dark Blue 3.8-litre manual from the Jaguar Classic Collection. In addition to the active vehicle collection housed at its Classic Works facility in Coventry, Jaguar Classic offers sales, servicing, restoration expertise and parts to keep these treasured classics on the road for future generations to appreciate. 

Launched in 1959 at the Earls Court Motor Show, London, the Jaguar Mk 2 became an overnight sensation with its daring design, graceful curves and powerful XK-derived six-cylinder engines, including the top-of-the-range 3.8-litre that delivered 220bhp and a top speed of 125mph.

In addition to its supreme road-going performance, the Jaguar Mk 2 was extremely competitive on the race track, scoring countless saloon car victories in the hands of greats such as Roy Salvadori and Graham Hill.

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Notes to Editors

Jaguar and Rankin collaboration

The first two photographs published in the ‘Rooms for Rankin’ project feature the Jaguar XF and XE. The XF picture was called ‘Flying High’ and involved the creation of hundreds of origami birds suspended above the car to echo the XF’s precision crafted design. The XE picture was called ‘Moving in the Mist’ and was created using silk sheets to complement the car’s free-flowing form and elegance.

About Jaguar

Jaguar’s heritage of elegant design and breathtaking performance has excited and delighted the world for over 80 years. Today’s world-class Jaguar family comprises the award-winning XE, XF and XJ saloons, the dramatic F-TYPE sports car, the F-PACE performance SUV – the fastest-selling Jaguar ever – the E-PACE compact performance SUV and I-PACE, the all-electric performance SUV and 2019 World Car of the Year that puts Jaguar at the forefront of the electric vehicle revolution.

About Rankin

Rankin is a British photographer, publisher and film director. He studied at the London College of Printing and, there, he met fellow student Jefferson Hack and together they launched the iconic pop culture magazine, Dazed and Confused. Rankin is now considered one of the world’s leading photographers with a style every bit as daring as the content of that magazine. His portfolio is packed full of famous names, including Tony Blair, the Spice Girls, Madonna, Kate Moss, HM The Queen, the Rolling Stones and David Bowie.

Jaguar Classic

Jaguar Classic is the official source of authentic cars, expert services, genuine parts and unforgettable experiences for classic Jaguar enthusiasts worldwide.

Our rapidly growing team of highly skilled engineers, graduates and apprentices at the Classic Works facility in Coventry specialises in outstanding Reborn restorations and building exclusive Continuation cars.

All enquiries from prospective Jaguar Classic customers should be directed to: / +44 (0) 203 601 1255 /

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