Lot 140 - 1956 Jaguar Mk. I
|Odometer reading||21,652 miles|
|Result||Sold - £14,560|
Launched in 1955, the Mk. I extended Jaguar's domination of the high-performance car market in Britain, slotting neatly into the Coventry firm's range alongside the big Mk. VII M saloon and the XK140 sports car. The medium size newcomer broke new ground for Jaguar, being its first model to employ unitary construction of the chassis/body. Jaguar's engineers were understandably cautious in their approach, making the bodyshell stronger than in fact it needed to be and employing rubber mountings just about everywhere to insulate occupants from vibration and noise. The Mk. I was released with a new, short stroke, 2.4 litre version of the proven XK 'six', but demands for more power, especially from American customers, prompted the introduction of the 3.4 litre version early in 1957. With 190bhp on tap the 3.4 litre Mk. I was good for a top speed of 120mph and could reach 60mph in nine seconds, though if used to the full, this greatly improved performance severely taxed the drum brakes. All-round disc brakes were hurriedly announced as an option, becoming an almost universal fitting thereafter. The Mk. I was progressively updated throughout its life before a wholesale revision of the basic design saw it re-launched as the Mk. II in October 1959.
Originally registered on 12th June 1956 this example is presented in black with red leather interior and is formerly the property of motoring journalist John Deverall. A significant amount of work has been carried out on this Jaguar over the years including new sills, jacking points and front floor. Most of the brightwork has been re-chromed by Silva Bronz Ltd in Hampshire and the headlining has been replaced as have the carpets and door cards. The wood within the car, of which there is plenty, presents well. A stainless-steel exhaust system has been fitted and this 2.4 litre Jaguar sits on a set of Michelin tyres. We are advised the brakes are operational although not particularly convincing and may require some attention. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with the original buff logbook together with a collection of invoices and receipts. These beautifully sculptured Jaguars are becoming increasingly collectable.
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