1955 Jaguar MK VII

3.5 M

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1955
  • Car type 
    Saloon
  • Chassis number 
    738278
  • Condition 
    Restored
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    4
  • Number of seats 
    5
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Black
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

Engine 6 cylinder in-líne
Displacement 3.442 cc
Maximum power 190 HP
Maximum speed 167 km/h
Curb weight 1.727 kg
Coachwork type sedan
Chassis number 738278
Country of origin UK
Number built 30.969
Production span 1950-1956

According to logics, Jaguar should have called this model Mark VI, but at the same time Bentley was about to launch a new car under the Mark Six label, so to avoid confusion both companies reached a friendly agreement under which neither of them would adopt that name. Bentley used the Type R designation and Jaguar opted directly to jump to the next mark: so it became known as Mark VII.

That was the luxury car that William Lyons had wanted from the beginning for its brilliant DOHC engine. After two years in the brand´s catalogue and a short production stint of the XK 120 sports car, the new Mk VII appeared in October 1950. It was considered for a while the fastest production sedan of the market: the 160 HP produced by its 3.4-liter engine allowed a maximum speed of 163 km/h.

These high performances were combined with plenty of passengers and luggage room, and a particularly well-finished interior. It would sell considerably better in the United States than in the United Kingdom. Maybe that's why in 1952 it was the first Jaguar to incorporate an optional automatic transmission. In 1954 an improved version came out with 30 HP more, shorter gearing and slight aesthetic changes (lights, horn, bumpers) named Mark VII M. This Madrid registered unit (in 1955) is one of them.

The road handling of the Mk VII is amazing for a car of its weight and dimensions. Surprisingly, it competed in production car races with remarkable success in the hands of people like Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Tony Rolt, Ivor Bueb and Paul Frère, and even took the victory in the 1966 Monte Carlo Rally. One of its owners was the Queen Mother, who acquired a new one in 1955 and had it for almost twenty years as her private vehicle.