1960 Jaguar Mk IX Saloon
Chassis no. 775117DN
Engine no. NC9188-8
3.8-liter, DOHC, 220hp straight six
Four-speed manual transmission with overdrive
Stately good looks
Grace, space and pace
Work on Jaguar's new advanced saloon had been interrupted by the war, and it was not until 1950 that the design saw the light of day as the MkVII. A considerable improvement on what had gone before, the cruciform-braced chassis featured torsion-bar independent front suspension and all-round hydraulic brakes. The 3.4-liter six-cylinder engine had already demonstrated its prowess in the XK120 and proved capable of propelling the MkVII's not inconsiderable bulk past 100mph. Developed and refined through Marks VIIM and VIII, the last word in Jaguar's large, separate-chassis saloons - the MkIX - appeared in 1958, by which time the 220bhp version of the 3.8-liter XK six was standard equipment together with power-assisted steering and all-disc braking. A choice of manual or automatic transmissions was offered, the latter option being by far the most popular. Production of the MkIX ceased in 1961.
This MkIX presents itself quite regally in its stately silver over black paint scheme. Powered by the big 3.8-liter straight six mated to a four-speed manual with overdrive, this sedan will happily lope along at highway speeds for hours on end. Restored some time ago, its restoration has mellowed with age but still looks nice and is perfectly suited to be enjoyed as a driver. A 2006 mechanical refurbishment and continued maintenance have preserved the mechanics of the big saloon. Moving to the Oldenburg Family Collection in late March, 2006, the MkIX represents the last vestiges of Jaguar pre-WWII styling. While the MkIX is an imposing car, its replacement, the MkX, demonstrated the direction Jaguar would follow up until a few years ago. There are few more comfortable and swiftly footed sedans that are as good looking as this Jaguar. Put the kettle on, have a bit of tea, then head out in your new MkIX.
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