The arrival of the MkX hard on the heels of the E-type, meant that Jaguar’s range was getting an all-new modern look for the 1960s. Out went the bulkiness of the old Mk7-Mk9, ushering in a sweeping style that – indirectly via the XJs – would live on into the 21st century.
In its day, the MkX was physically huge and easily capable of seating six full-sized adults. But appearances are deceptive, because the MkX was far more agile than its huge width and length implied, especially in 3.8-litre manual transmission form. All cars had power-assisted steering as standard and disc brakes all-round with
The torquier 4.2-litre engine was introduced in 1964 making the MkX even more effortless if not any quicker; and then it became the 420G when the range was rationalised in 1966. A few limousines based on it were built, but the car lived on into the 1980s as it was used to underpin the iconic Daimler DS420 limousine, as beloved by royalty and lord mayors across Britain.
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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 […]