Lot 206 - 1960 Jaguar Mk. IX Saloon
|Odometer reading||75,361 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £30,240|
The Jaguar Mk. IX was produced between 1959 and 1961 and replaced the previous Mk. VIII. Standard transmission was a four-speed manual system; options included overdrive but most cars were built with a Borg Warner three-speed automatic gearbox. Internally, an enlarged-bore 3.8 litre, 220bhp DOHC straight-six replaced the previous 3.4 litre unit with two SU carburettors were fitted. Four-wheel servo assisted Dunlop disc brakes and recirculating ball power steering was now standard equipment. 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. The Mk. IX's power and good brakes for a vehicle of that era, together with its undoubtedly impressive aesthetic appearance, makes it quite a common choice for classic car circuit racing.
Originally registered on 3rd June 1960 this fine example comes with a superb history file which includes the original bill of sale, service book, old MoT test certificates plus invoices and handbooks. Recently the car has been upgraded and overhauled with Coopercraft brakes bringing the car to a reassuring halt. With just four former keepers, the current owner informs us the car is a lovely original example and comes complete with all tools and a current MoT test certificate valid until August 2017. Resplendent in grey with a contrasting red hide interior, this is an elegant and charming saloon and a fine example of British engineering at its best.