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Claude Baily

Chief of Engine Development at SS Cars and then Jaguar

Claude Baily

September 21, 1902 - 15 February 1988

Claude Walter Lionel Baily in Twickenham, son of John Robert Bailey, furniture maker in London and grandson of Walter Peyton, an early pioneer of pneumatic equipment in Britain. He was educated at Richmond Hill School in Surrey and Henry Thornton School in Clapham. Received technical training in mechanical engineering at Regent Street, London Polytechnic. In 1918-1926 he studied at the Anzani Engine Co. in London. In 1928 he worked for Morris Engines Ltd., in Coventry, and then became chief designer and assistant chief designer. From the late 1930s he worked at Jaguar Cars Ltd in the technical department. In the 1940s, he was directly involved in the development of the Jaguar Cars Ltd. XK engine. In 1948 he was appointed chief designer of Jaguar Cars Ltd., Coventry. In the 1960s, he worked with William Haynes and Walter Hassan to develop the V12 Jaguar engine as part of a working group.

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