Although it was never officially known as the Jaguar Mk1, these saloons became commonly known by this moniker as a result of the widespread success of the 1959 Mk2. Although it might have lived in the shadow of the later car, the 1955 Mk1 was actually a tremendously important car, as it spearheaded Jaguar’s entry into the lucrative small luxury car market.
It was influential in shaping the company’s future, because it was compact, and good to drive – and quick, too, thanks to the lusty XK engine. Featuring unitary construction, early Mk 1s were heavy looking and featured rear wheel spats, deep side panels, smaller windows and wide wraparound chrome bumpers.
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A new way forward THE compact Jaguar saloons of the 1950s and 1960s will forever be associated, in the minds of Britons of a certain age at least, with the late actor John Thaw. In the 1970s Britcop series The Sweeney, Thaw in the guise of Jack Regan, usually ended up chasing a dilapidated Jag […]
Keith Adams One-off Jaguars that come up for sale tend to command spectacular prices when they come up for sale – but they can also prove to be rather controversial, given the beauty of the cars they’re based upon. This Bertone FT is a good case in point – it’s based on the S-type 3.8, […]
Dean Beedell (Originally written in 1999) On a miserable day in January I received a call that brightened my day. The phone call was from Bob Archard of the Jag Enthusiast’s club asking if my old S type would be able to attend a commercial launch of the new S-type saloon. Unipart wanted an original […]
The final fling THE JAGUAR 420/Daimler Sovereign was the final variation of the original Utah project that evolved into the Mk1, Mk2 and S-type saloons. And if that story was not confusing enough the 420 had a similar moniker to the big 420G saloon, a revised MkX, which was announced at the same time. But […]
Bridging the gap AS IF the story of Jaguar’s compact saloons was not complicated enough already – what with the original Mk1 mutating into the Mk2 and then the 240/340 – they spawned two further offshoots, the similar looking S-type and the 420. Not to mention the Daimler variant of that model. Both the S-type […]