Jaguar Mark VII
Jaguar Cars of Coventry decided a change was needed in their lineup, and in 1950 at the London Motor Show, they unveiled a replacement for the outdated prewar Mark V – the newly redesigned Mark VII. It was the first time since 1948, when XK120 was unveiled, that Jaguar enjoyed such large crowds, and it was a sign of things to come. The 1950s were extremely successful for Jaguar, on and off the racetrack, and it all seemed to start with the release of the Mark VII.
The Mark VII shared the same curved roof and sloped c-pillar as the Mark V, but this is where the similarities ended. The new model did away with the iconic running boards in favor of a more streamlined aerodynamic body, as well as fully integrated headlights, full rear fender skirts and a two-piece front windscreen. Under the hood, the new Mark VII received the XK120’s race proven twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, which produced an astonishing 160 bhp and was capable of propelling this large luxury car to speeds in excess of 100 mph. The Mark VII sported the same chassis and suspension as the Mark V; however, the engine was moved five inches forward, which helped control the new powerplant through the corners. On the inside, the car was fitted with plush leather seats, fine carpeting and an exquisite burled walnut dash which was accented elsewhere throughout the vehicle.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in January of 2010 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona.
160 bhp, 3,442 cc twin-overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine with four-speed manual transmission, four-wheel vacuum assisted drum brakes with front independent torsion bar suspension and live rear axle. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions