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1955 Jaguar MkVIIM 'Manual' Saloon





Engine 3.4 litre in-line six-cylinder
Gearbox Four-speed manual with overdrive
Body Work Saloon
Colour Dark Black-Green
Interior Suede Green
Trim Leather
Wheels Steel with hubcaps
Brakes Drums


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The quintessential ‘50s British saloon car, Jaguar's Mark VII was launched at the 1950 Earls Court Motor Show. It replaced the decidedly old fashioned Mark V and utilised the sophisticated and powerful 3.4-litre engine from the XK120 in a box-section chassis frame, with vacuum boosted drum brakes, and a four-speed manual gearbox (with the option of a Borg-Warner automatic transmission to appeal to the American market). The Mark VII had elegant styling and, although a big car by European standards, was no slouch and proved an able competitor - both on the track in saloon car racing and in long distance rallies. In October 1954 an updated version of the model was announced at the London Motor Show, badged the Mark VIIM, with power lifted to 190 bhp and the optional automatic transmission was now available to domestic customers as well as export markets. Revised bumpers and so-called 'horn grilles' beneath the headlamps distinguished the Mark VIIM from its predecessor. In production for just two years, the Mark VIIM proved popular with buyers and around 10,000 were made all told. Today the Mark VIIM is still a real head turner and an eminently practical classic Jaguar saloon that embodies the slogan "Grace, Pace and Space".