1968 Jaguar 420
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"Hi Jesmond, I don't know if I told you when we were corresponding that I am member of the South Canterbury Vintage Car Club. Last Saturday the club held one of its more important rallies of the year called the Mid Island Rally. I went in the Austin A55 and was one of about 68 vehicles that went on the run. It had a good showing of vehicles some old model Ts right through the years, the latest one being a 1964 mini. You name the brand of vehicle and it was there. Mine was the only Austin. We had good weather and I understand it was about 180 miles start to finish. It extended from Timaru through to Geraldine and then into a private forest. That was a bit challenging climbing up to the hilltops on roads only made for logging trucks. I was pleased to get back onto tarseal once we were on our way home. As usual I didn't get anywhere in the rally, thats not my luck. Prior to starting off from the Clubrooms they had a Concours display . About a dozen or perhaps eighteen vehicles went in it. I decided to put the A55 in the display. I don't know when the judging took place and we heard nothing until after the placegetters in the actual rally were announced. There was a table of Cups and Certificates being handed out . All went until only one big cup remained. I thought it won't be me because Ive never won one yet and next thing my name came up. I won the 2014 Concours Cup in my class which was (Post War Vintage) Every comment about the A55 on that day was good and she's going well. So there you have it Jesmond,I don't know if any other vehicles you've had have won Concours but now you know at least one has."Bernie Fairbrass, Timaru, New Zealand
The Jaguar 420 - one of Browns Lane’s best, yet too often ignored!
There are two ways of regarding the Jaguar 420. One is to faintly dismiss it as a modified version of the S-Type that was introduced 60 years ago in order to provide an extra model in the years prior to the launch of the XJ6.
The other view, one that has increasingly gained support over the last decade, is that here is possibly the ultimate, of the compact Jaguar range that dated back to the original 2.4 saloon in 1955.
I opt for the latter view myself, as the 420 combines nearly all attributes necessary for a truly great Browns Lane car of the 1960s – down to the separate starter button.
To look at the side profile of the 420 is to see how closely it is related to the Mk2 but also owes an allegiance to the 1961 MkX. This was an undeniably magnificent car – it remains possibly the nearest Jaguar ever came to building a four-door E-Type.
ABOUT THIS CAR
- NZ NEW
- Low Mileage car
- Four Owners from new (first 42 years / second 6 years / third 1 year / fourth, 2 years)
- Original Certificate Of Registration Available - sold new in Wellington
- Matching Numbers Car
- Four Speed Manual / Overdrive
- Most elegant in beautiful white paintwork and sumptuous red leather interior in excellent condition with brand new red carpets, hood lining and wind lace. Upholstery and door cards in excellent condition, as can be seen from photos. Wood in good condition.
- Chrome in very good condition
- Comes with the correct 4.2ltr, 6 cylinder engine fitted with factory 2"SU carburetors giving a factory rated 245hp, second only to the E Type.
- Fitted with factory Marles power steering (the last development of the type fitted to the compact Jaguars)
- Fitted with period appropriate Radiomobile Radio
- Very Good tyres all round with beautiful chrome plated steel caps.
- Recent work include Tuning, cleaned carburetors, new brake booster, full overhaul of rear brakes, new rear disk pads, rebuilt calipers, reconditioned master cylinder, new brake hoses, new coolant hoses, rebuilt clutch hydraulics, replaced windscreen rubbers, replaced door rubbers in most areas and other general touch ups.
- Spare wheel, factory tool kit and jack come with car.
- Good healthy motor - runs sweet and car drives like a dream.
- Still on original black plates
Production ceased in late ‘68 when it was replaced by the XJ6 and Jaguar also ceased building the 340 and the S-type at this time.
For rather too long the 420 was perceived by so called self styled experts within sectors of the classic community as ‘stop gap models’ but this was to sorely undervalue one of the finest – and important – of Jaguar’s post-war compact saloons.
The Jaguar 420 was the final incarnation of Jaguars amazingly successful medium-sized saloon line that had commenced way back in 1955 with the MkI.
This is a truly awesome Jaguar to own. It possesses superior handling and greater range than the Mk2. For many years, the 420 remained undervalued but the times they are a changing and people are finally starting to see the beauty and potential of these cars. A historic classic saloon at a great price.
Will be sold WOF'd and Registered.
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