Monday, May 16, 2016

Grey Poupon: 1959 Jaguar Mark IX

The Jaguar Mark IX (mark nine) is a gorgeous classic luxury saloon that on the road today looks like it came from another planet.  The Mark IX was an evolution of the Mark VIII, which was in turn an upgraded Mark you see where this is going?  However, it was the last of the line for the giant external pontoon fender styling (the Mark X was far more subdued in looks) and is a favorite favourite for vintage saloon racers for its 3.8 liter straight six and strong disc brakes.  Find this 1959 Jaguar Mark IX here on eBay with starting bid of $21,500 located in Oceanside, CA with 5 days to go.  Tip from Ignacio.

This is an interesting car offered for the second time on eBay. The first time the auction ended with zero bids at $17,500 starting, so the seller increased the starting bid and relaunched the auction.  Similarly perplexing is the statement "I can go in the garage and turn it on and starts up." 

Under the hood is what appears to be the original 3.8 liter inline-6, but without its original airbox, and instead breaths through a fun-sized open air filter.  However, the strangest part of this car's powertrain is the unmentioned Ford style automatic shifter located on the floor.  I am so confused.

See another classy British saloon from another era?


  1. i'll just drop this here...

  2. This is an odd case for sure. Hagarty's is showing that the value of these has jumped massively in the last couple of years, with typical values in the $30K-$50K range. This particular car looks nice from the photos, but things can be very different in reality. The seller seems to know very little about this car (unsure about original paint - that usually is not too hard to figure out). That pea-hole air filter can't be helping things. Oh, and then there is the mystery transmission. Can you hear the alarms ringing in my head?

    Oh, and thanks for the "U", DT. Nice touch. As a reward, here is your favourite, a Mark IX saloon racer:


  3. ok, here's the original...

  4. one more...

  5. This is how I picture using it......

  6. The morning you wake up and say, "Oh shit, I am old" is the day you shop for one of these maiden aunt crocks.

    This is NOT Inspector Morse's Jag Mark 2 saloon.

    These cars have always been fodder for rotting behind gas stations, used for banger racing and otherwise unloved old technology even then.

    It is mind blowing to read that Hagerty has these valued so high. But then theories exist about why they may want to inflate values by using a real number, but not the much lower equally real numbers.


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