Snapshot: 16 Photos of Great Britain’s Jaguar Then and Now

Whether you call the British car “jag-U-are” or “jag-war,” there’s no doubt about it, the Jaguar is sleek and fast, having been designed for the road and the racetrack. And we’re not the only ones keen on the luxury automobile. Damian Lewis starred in a 12-minute commercial, which felt like a short film; Benedict Cumberbatch lent his voice to this advert and yes, he said “jag-U-are” as we would expect; not one but three British baddies hopped into this 2014 Super Bowl commercial featuring Tom Hiddleston, Mark Strong and Ben Kingsley. The Jaguar has been around since 1922. Here’s a look at some of our favorite moments with these 16 snaps:

Duncan Hamilton, centre, poses alongside his co-driver Tony Rolt and their wives, in their winning Jaguar, after winning the Le Mans 24 race, June 15,1953. The race gave Britain first, second and fourth places with Jaguar cars, with the winning car being driven by Duncan Hamilton and Tony Rolt at a new record average speed of 105.6 MPH. They covered 2,540 miles in the 24 hours. Only 26 cars finished the race out of 60 starters, watched by a crowd of 800,000, around an eight mile circuit. (AP Photo)

British racing driver Duncan Hamilton, center, poses alongside his co-driver Tony Rolt and their wives, in their winning Jaguar, after winning the Le Mans 24 race in 1953. (AP Photo)

World land and water speed record holder, Donald Campbell, hands over to his wife, Tonia Bern, the keys of the E type Jaguar car she is using as a seat, beside the Serpentine in London’s Hyde Park, England on May 1, 1966, to mark the opening of her season of cabaret at the Pigalle restaurant. (AP Photo/Kemp)

Land and water speed record holder, Donald Campbell, and his wife Tonia Bern, hang next to an E type Jaguar car in London’s Hyde Park, England in 1966. (AP Photo/Kemp)

England's Prince Philip sits in the passenger seat of a Jaugar 3 1/2 litre XK "SS" on the Lindley high speed circuit during his visit to the Motor Industry Research Associations establishment at Lindley, Warwickshire, England on April 2, 1957.   The prince met with Norman Dewis, chief Jaguar test driver.   The prince took over the wheel and touched 100 miles per hour in half a lap.   (AP Photo)

England’s Prince Philip sits in the passenger seat of a Jaguar XK “SS” in Lindley, Warwickshire, England in 1957. The prince met with Norman Dewis, chief Jaguar test driver. (AP Photo)

Britainís Duke and Duchess of York take an inside look at one of the Castrol Jaguar Racing Teamís cars while attending the grand opening of the $25 million dollar North American headquarters of Jaguar Cars Inc. in Mahwah, New Jersey on June 5, 1990. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke)

The Duke and Duchess of York take an inside look in a Jaguar racing car in 1990. (AP Photo/Malcolm Clarke)

British Prime Minister John Major is driven out of London's Buckingham Palace in his Jaguar Monday March 17, 1997 after asking Queen Elizabeth II permission to call a general election and dissolve the Parliament.  Monday, Major called a national election for May 1, telling the nation that "I think we'll win."  Major's Conservative party, in power for 18 years, is far behind a revitalized Labour party in opinion polls.  (AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt)

British Prime Minister John Major is driven out of London’s Buckingham Palace in his Jaguar in 1997. (AP Photo/Jacqueline Arzt)

Indian group poised for £1bn cars deal.File photo dated 17/09/2004 of the Jaguar emblem outside the plant at Castle Bromwich, Birmingham. India's Tata conglomerate today looked to be in pole position to complete the £1 billion acquisition of Ford's Jaguar and Land Rover car marques. Issue date: Friday December 21, 2007. The tea and steel maker is to be named as favoured suitor for two of Britain's most famous car names after a six-month takeover tussle. See PA story CITY Ford. Photo credit should read: Rui Vieira/PA Wire URN:5457756

The Jaguar emblem appears outside the auto plant at Castle Bromwich in Birmingham, England, 2007. (Rui Vieira/PA Wire)

A rare 10-week-old black Jaguar Cub makes it's first appearance at Marwell Zoological Park, in south England Tuesday June 1, 1999 with it's mother Bonita. The Cub as yet unnamed will be named when a school enviromental competition is completed. (AP Photo/Str)

Here are two actual jaguars, a rare 10-week-old black jaguar cub and her mum at the Marwell Zoological Park in South England in 1999. Do you see the similarity? (AP Photo/Str)

Britain's HRH Queen Elizabeth, perpares to drive away in her Jaguar from Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park, Sunday, July 24, 2005. (AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)

Queen Elizabeth gets behind her Jaguar at the Guards Polo Club in Windsor Great Park in 2005. (AP Photo/Sergio Dionisio)

Bonhams employees pose for photographs beside the very first production Jaguar D-Type to roll off the production line in 1955, left, and a prototype Jaguar 'E2A' during a photocall at the auction house's offices in London, Thursday, July 3, 2008.  The E2A is expected to fetch in excess of US$7 million (4.44 million euro) in the Bonhams and Butterfields annual Quail Lodge sale in California on August 15 and the D-Type between 2,000,000 and 2,500,000 pounds sterling (US$3.97 million to 4.96 million, 2.52 million to 3.14 million euro) in Bonhams' Goodwood Festival of Speed sale on July 11.  (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Bonhams employees prepare a 1955 Jaguar D-Type, left, and a prototype Jaguar ‘E2A’ to be auctioned off in 2008. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Jaguar auctioned for over £2 million.Undated Bonhams handout photo of a 1955 Jaguar D Type sports racing car which was sold at auction today for £2,201,500 at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in Chichester. Issue date: Friday July 11, 2008. See PA story SALE Jaguar. Photo credit should read: Bonhams/PA Wire URN:6133353

The 1955 Jaguar D Type sports racing car sold at the Bonhams auction for £2,201,500 ($3,675,624) at the Goodwood Festival of Speed, in Chichester, England, in 2008. (Bonhams/PA Wire)

Jaguar NSPCC appeal. Embargoed to 0001 Monday October 19, 2009. Jack Hughes, aged 4, with Annie Jenkins and Anisa-Leila Patel, both aged 3, unwrap a proto-type of the new Jaguar XJ in Hyde Park, London for the launch of the Jaguar Prize Competition which aims to raise £1m for the NSPCC's helplines offers the opportunity to win the very first new Jaguar XJ when it rolls off the production line later this year.  Picture date: Thursday October 15, 2009. To enter the competition, go to www.jaguar.co.uk/nspcc. The winner will be announced on December !. Photo credit should read: John D McHugh/PA Wire URN:7936185

Jack Hughes, 4-years-old, helps unwrap a prototype of the Jaguar XJ in Hyde Park, London in 2009. (John D McHugh/PA Wire)

Jaguar NSPCC appeal. Embargoed to 0001 Monday October 19, 2009. Jack Hughes, aged 4, unwraps a proto-type of the new Jaguar XJ in Hyde Park, London for the launch of the Jaguar Prize Competition which aims to raise £1m for the NSPCC's helplines offers the opportunity to win the very first new Jaguar XJ when it rolls off the production line later this year.  Picture date: Thursday October 15, 2009. To enter the competition, go to www.jaguar.co.uk/nspcc. The winner will be announced on December !. Photo credit should read: John D McHugh/PA Wire URN:7936190

Young Jack gets a closer peek at the Jaguar emblem. (John D McHugh/PA Wire)

Museum dedicated to motor racing legend Mike Hawthorn.A rare Jaguar D-type, one raced by motor racing legend Mike Hawthorn takes a special test drive near Eastbourne in Sussex, to mark the opening of a private museum dedicated to the famous driver who died 50 years ago. Picture date: Saturday April 25, 2009. The car worth £3.5 million and part of the Jaguar heritage collection was making its first test run since re-building which will enable it to take part in motoring demonstrations in the UK and around the world. Photo credit should read: Gareth Fuller/PA Wire URN:7191567

A rare Jaguar D-type, valued at £3.5 million ($5,843,600), once raced by motor racing legend Mike Hawthorn, takes a special test drive near Eastbourne in Sussex, to kick off the opening of a private museum dedicated to the famous driver in 2009. (Gareth Fuller/PA Wire)

A Jaguar car is driven into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace bringing the news to announce the birth of a baby  boy, at 4.24pm to the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge at St Mary's Hospital in west London,   Monday July 22, 2013. The notification was then set up on an easel facing the gates for public view. The child is now third in line to the British throne.  (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

A Jaguar drives into the Forecourt of Buckingham Palace to announce the birth of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s son, Prince George of Cambridge, in 2013. (AP Photo/John Stillwell, Pool)

Prince Harry Prince Harry visits Goodwood, West Sussex, Britain - 15 Feb 2014 Prince Harry behind the wheel of the new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe at Goodwood Motor Circuit last weekend as part of the Royal Foundation track day.  (Rex Features via AP Images)

Prince Harry seems right at home, stepping into the Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe, at Goodwood Motor Circuit in West Sussex, England in February 2014. 
(Rex Features via AP Images)

Prince Harry Prince Harry visits Goodwood, West Sussex, Britain - 15 Feb 2014 Prince Harry behind the wheel of the new Jaguar F-TYPE R Coupe at Goodwood Motor Circuit last weekend as part of the Royal Foundation track day.  (Rex Features via AP Images)

Prince Harry has his helmet on and is ready to go. Safety first.
(Rex Features via AP Images)

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