1961 Jaguar MK IX


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JAGUAR Mk IX (1961), CHASSIS N. 793639BW, ENGINE: 6 CYLINDER, DISPLACEMENT: 3800 CM3, POWER: 220 BHP, BODY STYLE: SALOON, A MAJESTIC SPORT SALOON; This great sports saloon on which all the ambitions for growth and success of William Lyons and his Jaguar were based, was launched in 1950 and took the name of “Mk VII”. The Mk IX we are presenting today represents the last evolution of this line of large saloons with separate chassis. These vehicles were successful in the three versions, MkVII, MkVIII and MkIX. These models, together with the sporty XKs and the competition successes, laid the foundations for Jaguar’s success. They were the last Jaguar saloons with separate chassis, after them came the MkX which was then transformed into the 420G and the long line of XJs, the most successful model of Sir William Lyons’ Jaguar. The vehicle belongs to the last year of production and only 382 cars were built after this one. It has a rather particular story because it was bought by an American who kept it for less than a year, selling it to a resident of New York who looked after it fondly from 1962 until 2008. In all those years, this Mk IX took part in countless events, meetings and competitions, winning hundreds of prizes. It was purchased in 2008 by the vendor, a great Jaguar enthusiast, who added it to his collection, using it very little and maintaining it in perfect efficiency. Today the vehicle presented is in excellent condition, functional in every aspect, complete with all its pertinent elements and perfectly mechanically efficient. It is a preserved vehicle therefore it naturally shows some signs of wear which would be acceptable for a vehicle half its age. It has a very elegant grey livery with a grey-blue leather interior and, naturally, very complete cabinetwork which was the pride and joy of these cars. The interior is in excellent condition, but the driver’s seat has been repaired by inserting a new piece of leather. Contrary to the norm which envisaged a bench-style front seat for automatic Mk IXs, this example has rare separate seats, and the one on the right-hand side is actually a folding Reuter seat, obtainable on request. The vehicle is in excellent mechanical condition but for safety reasons we advise the purchaser to have it checked over and to replace the fluids, filters and perishable elements.