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1956 Jaguar Mark VII M


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In the 1950s, if you were an upper-crust European and wanted a large luxury sedan, but didn't want or couldn't hack the price of a Rolls or Bentley, you likely bought a Jaguar Mark VII.

The big Jag was a good pick: rounded, voluptuous body design highlighted by a fair amount of chrome and bright metal trim, lots of wood and leather inside, a plenty powerful Jaguar XK inline six engine. It looked the part, and drove to match.  One of the model's many famous customers was Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, her own self, and she chose this metallic Royal Claret '55 Mark VIII M as her daily driver, from 1955 until 1973.

Though a large car, the Mark VII was raced extensively and successfully. It was the touring car racer of choice back in the day, having been raced by, among others, Stirling Moss and later F1 champion Mike Hawthorne, and a Mark VIII won the Monte Carlo Rally in 1956. The Mark VII was also the first Jaguar to be offered with an optional automatic transmission.

ABOUT THIS CAR

  • Mint Example
  • Only Three owners - Sold new in Wellington - original certificate of registration available.
  • Matching Numbers - Chassis #: 728637 BW / Engine #: N2238/7
  • Borg Warner three-speed automatic; power steering and brakes are standard features on this car.
  • The car's rich leather interior and genuine walnut trim have gained a patina of use and enjoyment over the years, no longer exactly pristine, but close enough.
  • Driving this car can best be described as Comfortable, like your favorite well-worn pair of jeans. You sink into the massive front seat, a thumb starter button rousts the 190-horse, 3.4-liter, XK twin-cam straight six to life, and once warm, it settles into a deep chested, gurgle at idle. Click the shifter into drive and she's away.
  • This car is easy, soothing really, to drive, because it rides and handles nicely, with no drama, with plenty of torque from its sports car-based engine to move its 3800 pounds with relative ease. The steering feels a bit wooden at idle, but when the revs come up a bit, some assistance checks in and you can drive it with your fingertips. Bend the car through a corner, and there's plenty of body roll, but its well matched by confident grip -- no wonder they raced these things!
  • The look and color are wonderful, the car is most graceful to drive, and has plenty of pace; leg this thing, and it really goes, with a real world top speed of well over 100 mph. We estimate 0-60 takes about 12 seconds, which doesn't sound fast, but was pretty good hustle for a large, heavy sedan in the mid-1950s. But it's the punchy mid-range that really accelerates the car nicely once it's underway.
  • Mechanical's are relatively straightforward, and parts aren't difficult to locate.
  • Various maintenance records available.

Invest the time and spend the money to get a good one, as because of all their leather, wood, and chrome, they're expensive to restore. Buy a sorry, rusty example, and you might as well paint "Money Pit" along its graceful flanks. You'll just be dollars ahead, and get to enjoy the car more often, and sooner, if you buck up for a clean one, like this one, that's been well restored or preserved by someone else.

Rare nowadays - not many of these left in circulation - certainly not in New Zealand. A most beautiful classic Jaguar that will only appreciate in value.

Car will be sold WOF’d and Registered.

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DISCLAIMER (Please Read)

NOTIFICATION AS TO NATURE OF GOODS IN TERMS OF THE CONSUMER GUARANTEES ACT 1993

Waimak Classic Cars accepts that the vehicle being sold must be of “acceptable quality” in terms of section 7 of the Consumer Guarantees Act 1993 (the Act) having regard to “the nature of the goods”.

Waimak Classic Cars is not aware of any specific defects with the vehicle, however (a) such a vehicle being a classic vehicle may have mechanical breakdowns, electrical failures at inconvenient times and maintenance costs being part of and parcel of ownership of a classic car; (b) reliability is a combination of the particular nature of the classic vehicle, how it is being driven, how it has been maintained, and to a certain extent luck.

The Purchaser acknowledges that the vehicle is being sold as a classic car; that in terms of the Act and the nature of the goods, the vehicle, is an old car that may have faults, unlike a modern motor vehicle.

The Purchaser is encouraged to personally fully inspect the vehicle and/or to have the vehicle inspected, fully assessed and maintained by an experienced classic car mechanic.

The Purchaser acknowledges that they have read and fully understand this notification and the nature of a car which is many years old.

For more information about this vehicle, please contact us Monday to Friday between 9:00am and 6:00pm (New Zealand Standard Time) on +64 (0) 3 310-6485 / +64 (0) 274 990-020. Alternatively, you may email us at info@waimakclassiccars.co.nz anytime.

PLEASE NOTE: Waimak Classic Cars is Not a car yard dealer type of operation. As a result, we do not operate through fixed opening hours and viewing is By Appointment Only.