Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons would have been 100 years old on September 4 and that’s sufficient excuse for Jaguar to launch limited edition versions of its XJR and XKR sports models.

Five hundred XJR100 sedans and 500 of a mix of XKR100 coupe and convertible models will be built with the majority destined for the U.S. and Canada.

Key features are anthracite (metallic black) paint, nine-spoke BBS alloy wheels, cross-drilled Brembo brakes, charcoal leather interior, computerised active suspension, DVD sat-nav, premium audio, reverse sensors and automatic wipers on all models plus a performance handling pack, Recaro seats and aluminium trim highlights for the XKRs alone.

UK prices range from £58,935 ($US85,250) for the XJR100 sedan to £74,950 ($US108,400) for the XKR100 convertible. Confirming UK buyers’ suspicions they stilll pay too much for their cars, the US pricing is $US78,780 for the XJR ($Can106,450 in Canada) and $US98,330 for both the coupe and cabriolet versions of the XKR ($Can144,950 in Canada).

The USA and Canada will share 300 XKR100s and 230 XJR100s, the UK gets a total of 160 and Japan gets 50 XKs and 30 XJs. Thirty XJs are also going to the Middle East while the rest will be divided between Australia and Mexico. The remaining cars will be sold in Europe.