1964 Jaguar Mark X Saloon
Chassis no. 3504258W
After the war, the powerful 3.4-liter XK dohc engine may have first been seen in the lovely XK-120 sports car, but it was always intended to power a line of comfortable sporting sedans, such as the Mark VII introduced in late 1950. The Mark VII evolved into the ever more powerful Mark VIIM, Mark VIII and Mark IX, while a smaller line of fleet four-doors came along with the 2.4-Liter in late 1955 and the nearly identical 3.4-Liter two years later.
By the early 1960s, the large sedan body had been in use for a decade and had lost its freshness. In October 1961 it was superseded by the new and more modern looking Mark X. Although it rode on the same 10 foot wheelbase as the Mark VII through IX, it was longer, wider and heavier. Inside, it was as opulent as the earlier Jaguar sedans, with acres of Connolly leather and extensive use of wood veneers, extending even to the picnic tables. .
While the earlier cars had used independent front suspension and a live rear axle, the Mark X was unique in offering independent suspension all around, as well as four-wheel disc brakes as used on the Mark IX. Although the 3.8-liter version of the famous twin-cam XK engine was employed, for the new model it was offered in the same triple-carburetor 265 horsepower tune as used in the sensational new E-Type sports car. It came with a choice of four-speed manual transmission with overdrive or a Borg-Warner automatic unit. For such a heavy car, acceleration was brisk (10.8 seconds to 60 mph for the manual version) and performance was astonishing (120mph).
At $7,384, the Mark X was anything but inexpensive, costing close to $2,000 more than an E-Type or a well-equipped Cadillac , but only about half the price of a new Bentley S3. In the three years the Mark X 3.8 was in production, just shy of 13,000 units rolled out of the Browns Lane factory. Fewer than a third of them were left-hand drive cars built for export.
The Mark X Jaguar on offer is one of the cars originally sent to North America. Finished in an attractive burgundy hue with opulent cream leather, it is equipped with the automatic gearbox and factory air conditioning.
This big Jag Saloon was bought new in California and used little for many years. Upon the owners death, his daughter, Jovita Valdez, took possession of the car. Her employer started an extensive and very expensive restoration, but then decided to sell it shortly after showing it at the 2007 Newport Beach Concours, where it took a third in class.
During the course of the restoration, all mechanical components were carefully rebuilt, along with new paint, upholstery, carpets and chrome. Along the way an XJ6 four-speed automatic, a modern stereo were fitted and new center lock wire wheels were fitted.
After acquiring the Mark X, the current owner attended to many details to bring it to what he calls an overall excellent standard. The result is an outstanding example of a Jaguar model seldom seen and virtually never restored. This lovely big Jaguar can be driven anywhere or shown competitively. But where ever it goes it is sure to turn heads and kindle memories.
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