Jaguar MkIX - today's double tempter

By: Guy 'Guido' Allen, Unique Cars magazine

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Build two, keep one, or maybe start a hire business?

Big, imposing, fast and suprisingly capable seems to sum up the thoughts of those who have driven a well-kept Mark IX Jag. Dynamically, they were well ahead of many of their counterparts in the very late 1950s.

This was the last mainstream Jaguar to be built on a full chassis and, according to our own Cliff Chambers, there was much to be admired. In a 2011 buyer guide he said: 

"The Mark IX brought a minor revolution in British luxury car design. It still resembled the Seven that had appeared eight years earlier but boasted a 3.8-litre engine with 164kW and 11 per cent more torque, standard power steering and four-wheel disc brakes.

"With the Mark IX, Jaguar had a car that maintained its imperious appearance but would top 175km/h and stop from that speed without wiping out the motorway shrubbery or giving the chauffeur a heart seizure.

"The Nine only lasted three years but by the time it was replaced by the far less elegant Mark X more than 10,000 had been sold."

See the full story here. (Note that the values will have changed substantially.)

For those of you up for a challenge, two 1960 NSW cars (near Lithgow) are up for offer. They're priced at $50,000 for the pair and listed as non-runners.


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