Saturday, December 27, 2014

10k: Jag-in-the-Box: 1953 Jaguar Mark VII

The Jaguar Mark VII was a large luxury saloon introduced in 1951 as a replacement to the outgoing Jaguar Mk V.  The unlucky number VI was skipped due to bad connotations with King Henry the VI (went insane at the age of 31), Rocky VI (did we really need another Rocky after Rocky V???) and Star Trek VI (aka Star Trek: Cocoon).  The Mark VII was produced through 1956 when it was replaced by the Mark VIII, and is a stately vehicle from another time.  Find this 1953 Jaguar Mark VII offered for $10,000 here on craigslist located in SF Bay Area, CA.  Tip from Kaibeezy.

This Jag-in-the-Box does't come with a handle or a stirring rendition of Pop Goes the Weasel, but if you've been around the mulberry bush a few times you will know it will bring some attention from car guys.  The idea of the barn find that just needs a few weekends of elbow grease to get on the road is always appealing, and some folks enjoy taking a classic down to bare metal and back to its former glory.  This silver beast will require some significant time/dollars/effort before it is usable.

The 3.4 liter inline-6 mounted up front puts out 160 horsepower and with the 4-speed manual gearbox is perfectly adequate for the kind of leisurely driving you will do in the old cat.

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  1. Actually they skipped Mk VI in a gentleman's agreement as Bentley was using that series of numbers. But you knew that...

  2. I'll wait for the barn-find Bentley R-type Continental, thanks.

  3. I always wondered what happened to Madeline Elster's car.

  4. Back in the 70s I bought a Jag Mk 2 (they moved from Roman to Arabic numerals when that series started) from a guy named Graig Hinton, near Coventry England. He was a very active racer of a Mark VII . I never got to see him run, but the photos in his shop were inspiring.

    I notice that the listing says there is a spare engine block in the trunk. Having worked on Jag XK-series engines, all I can say is that must be one BIG trunk.


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