1959 Jaguar MkIX Saloon
automatic gearbox; recent brake overhaul; four new tyres; Heritage Certificate;
impressively sound example of this majestic sporting
As the Heritage Certificate confirms, this imperious
Jaguar MkIX Automatic was built in May 1959 and was originally finished in Cream
with a red interior. A LHD export model, it was despatched to Jaguar Cars New
York early the following month.
Nothing is known of the subsequent history of the car but
it has clearly been repainted in a most attractive scheme of black over red at
some point, while an old number plate in the boot indicates that it has probably
spent the bulk of its life in sunny California, hence the good state of
preservation today. Recently imported back to the UK with all duties paid, it
now has a V5C which records it as a Historic Vehicle with the registration
number 665 XVL.
The vast expanse of bodywork looks commendably straight
and rust-free, the paintwork and the external brightwork are very presentable
and the underside looks reassuringly sound and original. As is typical with hot
climate cars, the red upholstery is Ambla rather than leather and is in decent
condition as are the carpets and the headlining. The woodwork is all present and
correct, including the rear picnic tables, and would no doubt polish up
beautifully with some judicious refurbishment.
Since arriving on these shores we are told that the
braking system has been completely overhauled including reconditioned calipers,
new pads, discs and pipes. The front suspension has also been rebushed where
necessary and greased, while four new tyres have also been fitted, although
there are no bills for these jobs. The vendor advises that a few electrical
issues will need to be sorted (lights and wipers) but that the car is otherwise
On arrival at Brightwells it did take a few presses of the
starter button to coax it into life, but once warmed up a bit it ran very
sweetly indeed and was quite happy to trundle up and down our yard, as can be
seen in the video, although we did note some power steering fluid dripping onto
the manifold which will obviously need sorting.
Impressively straight and solid, this majestic Jaguar
saloon offers all the grace, space and pace that the model is famed for. Being
offered here at a very sensible guide price, it should amply reward the fettling
still required, especially when you consider that the last (admittedly
excellent) MkIX we sold back in 2017 made £41,800. An enthusiastic new owner
could no doubt have this one in tip-top order in time for the Spring.
For more information contact James on 07970 309907 or
Unquestionably one of William Lyons' finest designs, the magnificent
Jaguar MkVII was launched in 1951, powered by a less highly-strung version of
the legendary XK 3.4 engine that was fitted in the contemporary C-Type
By 1956 the big saloon had morphed into the MkVIII,
substantially the same car but now with an extra 20bhp and good for an easy
105mph. In 1958 the final derivative arrived: the MkIX. This used the
range-topping 3.8-litre XK engine which had evolved into a 220bhp powerhouse,
enough to haul this large saloon car up to a top speed of 117mph.
The MkIX had a body identical to that of its predecessor,
although it did have an improved heater and a new badge to distinguish it. This
handsome saloon came with power steering, all-round disc brakes and a choice of
manual or automatic transmission.
At the time the Mk IX was considered on a par with the
contemporary Bentley S-Type, even though it was a third of the price. It was
finally superseded by the very different MkX in 1961, marking the end of a
distinguished line of separate chassis Jaguar