1954 Jaguar Mk VI

1954 Jaguar Mk VII

SOLD……………. The Jaguar Mark VII was produced by Jaguar Cars of Coventry from 1951 to 1956. Launched at the 1950 British International Motor Show as the successor to the Jaguar Mark V, it was called the Mark VII because there was already a Bentley Mark VI on the market at the time. The Mark VII chassis came from the Jaguar Mark V and the wheelbase remained the same. The new model’s body looked more streamlined, with integrated headlights and mudguards, a two-piece windscreen, and longer rear overhang. As on the Mark V, the rear wheels were partially covered by removable spats giving the car a very exotic streamlined look.

The Mark VII was powered by the newly developed XK engine. First seen in production form in the 1948 XK120, the 3442 cc DOHC straight-six provided 160 bhp, the same as in the XK120, and the saloon’s claimed top speed was over 100 mph.

When the car was being developed Jaguar thought it would find most of its customers overseas, mainly because UK car tax at that time penalised buyers of larger-engined cars. However it went into production just as Britain’s postwar economic austerity began to ease, and in 1951 the car’s enthusiastic reception in both the British and American markets prompted Jaguar to relocate production to larger premises, at the Browns Lane plant.

The Mark VII was a hit and both variants of the Mark VII won many race victories including an M version winning the Monte Carlo Rally.

Sold new to Tulloch Transport Ltd in Mataura Southland a year later the car was sold and has since spent its life in the dry climate of North Canterbury. This beautiful example has since been the recipient of a restoration a number of years ago. Having been well maintained and used sparingly since, this vehicle is ready to be enjoyed by a new owner. This stunning Jaguar has been part of my client’s collection for many years and due to the car not getting the use it deserves the tough decision has been made to let someone else become custodian of the vehicle. This is a very usable family classic that not only looks the part but certainly fits the description of grace, space and pace.

BAINS CLASSIC MOTOR HOUSE is a low volume boutique classic car broker. Viewing of vehicles is by appointment only in our North Canterbury located Motor House.


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  • Model Year: 1954
  • Trans: Manual
  • Fuel Type: Petrol
  • Ext color: Old English White
  • Int color: Maroon