“1963 Jaguar Mark Ten: [Selling because I don’t have time to work on it!]
– Engine Specifications: 6 cyl, 3.8 litre XK Jaguar ‘S’ type engine; 255 BHP at 5,500 RPM
– Transmission: 4 speed Manual with overdrive,
– Left Hand Drive
Largest, luxury vehicle manufactured by Jaguar. Almost entirely original features and accessories; including tool kit. Needs some restoration. 36,000 miles showing on original odometer. Original Documentation and brochures. Vehicle is fully functional. Engine runs well. Some aesthetic restoration needed.”
If I’m honest, this particular entry into CYSB immortality might be a little self serving: the Jaguar Mark X/420G has always been a personal dream car of mine. My father has owned a 1974 Jaguar XJ12L for as long as I can remember, and although that car’s combination of grace, space, and pace may leave little to be desired, I always found myself flipping his Classic and Sports Car magazine open to they’re early ’90s expose on Jaguar’s biggest luxury barge. Positively gargantuan and in many ways a would-be competitor for the Bentleys and Rollers of the day, the Mark X borrowed heavily from the popular XKE sports car, stealing both its legendary inline six engine and a widened version of its independent rear suspension. The first Jaguar sedan to feature their well-know suspension system, the Mark X was well-regarded as being a very well sorted car when it came to ride and handling, but would quickly be panned as underpowered. With a curb weight of almost 4,200 pounds and a paltry 3.8 litres’ worth of displacement under the hood, acceleration was tepid for the Mark X, and sales lagged in the all-important American marketplace that was drunk on the power provided by 8.2 litre Cadillac V8s. Jaguar attempted to fix the problem in 1966 with the release of a larger inline six that now displaced 4.2 litres, but the subsequently known 420G fared little better than its predecessor.
However if you’re anything like me, you would rather spend as much time cosseted by the Mark X’s ridiculously English mix of leather and burled walnut as possible, so that brilliant but overladen powertrain isn’t really an issue. With styling that is at once both understated and somehow ostentatious, the Mark X looks almost as good as the Rolls Royces and Bentleys it went up against, and has certainly aged just as well. But it’s the interior that I really love. With wraparound walnut trim, folding tray tables for the back seat, silly amounts of space, and one of the best cockpits I’ve ever come across, these are truly lust worthy cars that no passenger is likely to forget. Add in that this is the original specification of the Mark X and that has the relatively rare four speed, overdrive-equipped manual gearbox, and it becomes the most desirable of the breed you’ll ever find. Of course, they’re not exactly simple vehicles, and any potential owner needs to be aware that although the car’s luxury, panache, and style cannot be equalled anything they’re going to find in a local showroom, it does have some pretty unique needs. But, well taken care of, there’s no reason it can’t provide just as reliable transportation. As with all my posts, you can find the ad via the highlighted blue text atop this post. Now, where did I leave that chequebook…