Bruno von Nünlist has a strong predilection for British automobiles. CineCars travelled to Switzerland to video three of his thoroughbreds. Today we present episode 3, ‘Der Jaguar’.
As a little boy Bruno von Nünlist often got to drive along in next doors Daimler. In an era where Daimler was already strongly related to the Jaguars of its time. Although the Von Nünlists used to drive sterling BMW’s, the English thoroughbred made a deep impact on little Bruno. The style, the wood, the leather, the overwhelming luxury, the way you could almost whisper the car door in its lock. These are the things he would always remember. There is no surprise at all there would one day be a car like it in his own drive. That it became exactly this here S-type 420 is the proverbial winning lottery ticket.
The Jaguar S-type might well be the most well known of all Jaguar Saloons. Especially in this 420 spec, with its ultimate 4.2 straight six, it is the most sporty saloon of the sixties by far. 240, that is two hundred and fourty horse power find a home underneath the bonnet of the classic lines of this prowling cat. Numbers most competitors could only dream of. It made the rather compact four door saloon the ‘weapon’ of choice for both cops and robbers. Only few will not recognise the maroon Jaguar of televisions Inspector Morse. That is how iconic the Jaguar S-type became for the manufacturer. Beloved when they were still relatively new they simply never disappeared from the collective memory.
Bruno’s Jaguar has been in the Von Nünlists stable for years. Once saved from a barn, the car was handed down lovingly several times. Usually until children and the need for modern safety made it abundant. Too many children to transport according to modern standards. It happened to the poor car twice, until Bruno decided to take care of it himself once again. He sold his modern XJ and welcomed his beloved Jag back in. Understandably, since this completely original S-type 420 is a real gem. No, she doesn’t shine like a mirror, the completely dead paintwork didn’t survive decades of thorough polishing, but it is still the first 1967 paint. There is nothing left of its original shine, but it only adds to the patina on the rust free body. The original leather interior is impeccable and supple, the lacquer on the walnut dash has just the right amount of crackling. This is how automobiles grow old in beauty.
Bruno von Nünlist has shown us three typically British thoroughbreds from his collection. Ultimate luxury, Hollywood glamour and this here magnificent well lived power saloon. Three examples of British craftsmanship, of style and finesse. Each in their own way understated in their grandeur. Powerful and beautiful. In all their diversity all three carry out exactly the same virtues. I do understand why Bruno cannot choose between the cars in his collection, but for me this Jaguar, in al its faded glory, will be the favorite all the way.
Marc GF Zaan