When it was launched in 1961 the big MkX saloon was a cutting edge design. With a 120mph top speed, it was faster and better handling than the rival Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III and considerably cheaper. And yet customers never really took to the MkX and sales were, in contrast to its now outdated predecessors, slower. The MkX was designed to replace the separate chassis MkVII, MkVIII and MkIX as the top of the range luxury Jaguar.
The unhappy pinnacle THE MkX/420G could be described as the forgotten Jaguar. It lacked the sporting image of the smaller Mk2 saloon and the glamour of the contemporary E-type sports car. Its bulbous styling did not make it one of the iconic cars to emerge from Browns Lane and it never received an image boost […]
The 1961 Jaguar MkX owned by Sir William Lyons, founder of Jaguar, will be sold at auction later this year at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale, held at Blenheim Palace on 2–3 September. Manufactured in December 1961 at Browns Lane, the car was delivered to Sir William in January 1962 and registered to his Wappenbury Hall address […]
From TIME magazine Business Abroad: Jaguar’s Mark X Friday, Oct. 20, 1961 High in the French Pyrenees, peasants were startled for weeks by two soot-black cars, swathed in tape and disguised by tacked-on boards, streaking under the slim poplars and bouncing up the cruel mountain roads at 100mph. Last week at London’s auto show at […]