A NEW APPROACH IN AN AGE OLD BUSINESS+44 (0) 1926 691 141
Estimate: £25,000 - £30,000
+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%
The Jaguar Mark IX was a large luxury saloon car produced by Jaguar Cars between 1959 and 1961. Standard transmission was a four-speed manual system; options included overdrive, but most cars, including this, were built with a Borg Warner three-speed automatic box. Internally, an enlarged-bore 3.8 litre, 220bhp double overhead cam straight-six replaced the previous 3.4 litre unit of its predecessors. Two SU carburettors were fitted. Four-wheel servo assisted Dunlop disc brakes and recirculating ball power steering were now standard equipment and the torsion bar independent front suspension and leaf-sprung rear live axle were retained from the Mk. VIII. The body was generally similar to its predecessor, but the sunshine roof became a standard fitting for the UK market. The interior was in the same luxurious mode with extensive use of leather, walnut wood trim and deep pile carpet. A range of single and duo-tone paint schemes was offered though the car here looks resplendent in Claret with rich red leather interior. Offered from the private collection of a respected Jaguar enthusiast for the first time in many years, this car has been cherished and adoringly restored to original specification with great attention to detail. The owner has taken abundant care to ensure that the bodywork is accurate, paintwork impeccable and the mechanicals second to none. The interior is lavish. Rich leather, immaculate woodwork and extra thick rear rugs offer driver and passenger's first rate luxury. Toolkits in the driver and passenger doorcards are present and complete. Tray tables, drinks cabinet and arm rest satisfy the requirements of rear-seat passengers whilst the driver can gratify their journey by enjoying the robust nature and awesome power from the impressively commanding engine. Very few cars in this price range come close to offering the levels of comfort, style, performance and reliability that comes with this restored Mark IX. Where others have tried, this has succeeded and an opportunity to own such a machine presents itself rarely. Come and see for yourself the craftsmanship of this restoration at Silverstone on the 3rd and 4th November 2011. Bring your chequebook, you won't regret it.