1959 Jaguar MkIX Saloon £42,995
Professional restoration. Now a Museum Showpiece!
A rare opportunity to acquire a World-class motorcar with huge road presence, able to accommodate 6 adults so you can take all the family along too. Its luxurious interior is much plusher than a Mark 2, lashings of walnut veneered woodwork, picnic tables and sumptuous leather couches. This quintessentially British car is a 1959 model, much improved on earlier versions with power steering, all-round disc brakes and automatic transmission.
Please do not confuse this automotive beauty with the usual offerings, it is amongst the best on the market and has to be seen to be fully appreciated.
The substantial restorative works were completed six years ago, but it has clearly been used very carefully since. There is an extensive file which accompanies the car, detailing the work which includes photographs and invoices, with masses of parts supplied by MkIX specialists, Worcester Classic Spares.
The body appears flawless, with factory perfect panel fit and door gaps and top class paint finish. Nicely dressed and detailed engine bay and lined boot. Underneath looks spotless too.
The previous private owner was a Mr Graham Atkinson from Gosport, who acquired the vehicle in 1967 and there is a letter from him giving full details of the car’s history, together with an original logbook and continuation logbook.
The 3·8 litre XK engine, power steering, and servo-assisted brakes make it light work to drive and it has that comfortable armchair feel about it, but any thoughts of it being a slowcoach will be quickly dispelled by viewing footage of these cars being raced in period or, more recently, at Goodwood. Performance is more than respectable – 0-60mph in 10·1 seconds and a top speed of over 110mph. A similar car won the 1956 Mote Carlo Rally.
With only 142 licenced examples left on the UK roads this rare car has excellent investment potential. Offered for sale with V5C, owner’s handbook, workshop manual, parts catalogue. Additionally all the small tools are present in the front door pockets. If you are looking for the ultimate Big Cat we think your search is over!
Unquestionably one of William Lyons’ finest designs, the magnificent Jaguar MkVII was launched in 1951, powered by a less highly-strung version of the legendary XK 3.4 engine that was fitted in the contemporary C-Type racer.
By 1956 the big saloon had morphed into the MkVIII, substantially the same car but now with an extra 20bhp and good for an easy 105mph. In 1958 the final derivative arrived: the MkIX. This used the range-topping 3.8-litre XK engine which had evolved into a 220bhp powerhouse, enough to haul this large saloon car up to a top speed of 117mph.
The MkIX had a body identical to that of its predecessor, although it did have an improved heater and a new badge to distinguish it. This handsome saloon came with power steering, all-round disc brakes and a choice of manual or automatic transmission.
At the time, the Mk IX was considered on a par with the contemporary Bentley S-Type, even though it was a third of the price. It was finally superseded by the very different MkX in 1961, marking the end of a distinguished line of separate chassis Jaguar saloons.