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Lot 148: Jaguar Mk VIII


It is often forgotten that Jaguar's venerable XK engine was originally designed for the Mk VII saloon, although of course it first appeared in the sensational 1948 XK120. Yet despite the five seater saloon's considerable extra weight, the XK's 3,442cc and 160bhp could still propel the Mk VII to over 100mph and 0-60mph in 13.7 seconds when launched in 1950. Add excellent handling belying its size, via wishbone/coil springs at the front and a live rear axle, and good drum brakes, and the Mk VII represented one of the ultimate sports saloons of the Fifties. For 1955 the Mk VII was superseded by the Mk VIIM, the only differences being an engine output of 180bhp and the options of overdrive and automatic transmission. Three years later the Mk VIIM was replaced by the 210bhp Mk VIII, distinguishable by duo-tone paintwork and one-piece rather than split windscreen. Transmission included a four speed manual gearbox with optional overdrive or Borg Warner three speed automatic transmission. But it was not just on the road that the Mk VII and Mk VIII excelled, it was also formidable in competition. 1952 saw Mk VIIs take fourth and sixth places on the Monte Carlo Rally and Stirling Moss finish second in the Silverstone production car race; four years later, by when Mk VIIs were dominating touring car races - which they did until the advent of the Mk I in 1957 - Ronnie Adams won the Monte Carlo outright, quite an achievement given the lighter and more agile opposition. After a two year production run the Mark VIII was replaced by the Jaguar Mark IX, 6,227 Mark VIIIs having been produced. This delightful 1956 edition is reported to be in good overall condition. The property of a lady, it is now surplus to requirements and is offered with UK V5 registration papers. Finished in a suitably elegant and traditional livery of black over red, with complementary red interior , NJB 410 would provide the perfect motor car for any continental tour or rally. Offered with a realistic reserve.

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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
Lot Number148
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberNJB 410
Chassis numberB/W760049
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