Jaguar Mk X 3-8-litre Saloon is a new four-door model of advanced design which received considerable praise when unveiled at the 1961 Earls Court Show. Lower, longer and wider than the Mk IX, it is powered by the E-type engine, feature E-type rear independent suspension and is distinguishable by a sloping bonnet line with a square radiator grille and dual headlamps.
Introduced last year at the Geneva Motor Show the E-Type 3.8-litre FH Coupé continue unchanged, together with the open two-seater, except for modifications to increase leg room.
Jaguar MK II SALOONS
2.4 Litre from £1,488.153 incl. PT.
3.4 Litre from £1,619.79 incl PT.
3.8 Litre from £1,726.12.9 incl PT.
BASED on a common body/chassis foundation, the Mark II range offers a three-way choice of engine capacities-2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-litres. You may not be an habitual "ton-upper" but the only kind of cars that Jaguar make are very fast ones. The middleman of the NIL II family-the ever popular 3.4-has a maximum speed of 120 m.p.h., for instance, while the 3.8 version can "see off" practically anything it's likely to meet in a month's motoring. Common denominators, enginewise, are duplex chain-driven overhead camshafts, hemispherical combustion chambers in light alloy cylinder heads, and seven-bearing crankshafts. The two larger sizes have horizontal S.U. carburettors while downdraught Solexes feed the 2.4. Rather bulbous body styling, if not exactly pretty, affords generous passenger space, while interior appointments are neat and tasteful. Automatic transmission is an optional-extra alternative to a manually-controlled four-speed gearbox. Other options include adjustable-'for-rake front seat squabs and powered steering. Spare wheel mounting is under the boot floor, leaving the luggage space unobstructed.
Jaguar MK X SALOON
Price £2,256.0.3 incl. PT.
At last, lucky Americans aren't monopolising quite the whole of Jaguar's Mk. X output, and these low, sleek, quiet and devilishly fast saloons are beginning to appear on the roads of their native land in limited numbers. If they cost half as much again as they do, people would still be asking, "How do they do it at the price?" The Mk. X's very "flat ride" and absence of cornering roll are reminders that the car's architecture has a good deal in common with the E-Type's, including its unique double-coil rear suspension with unsprung weight minimised by the use of inboard brakes. These, of course, are servo-aided discs, same as in front. The engine, too, is uniform with the "E's", with large-bore triple car burettors, special streamlined porting and a 9 to 1 compression ratio. The standard four-speed gearbox has synchromesh on the upper three ratios but Borg-Warner automatic transmission is one of several optional extras.
Open 2-Str. £2,036.0.3 incl PT.
F/h Coupé £2,131.5.3 incl. PT.
A top speed in the century-and-a-half region, combined with top-gear docility that many family saloons can't match, makes this one of the most versatile and dual-charactered high-performance cars ever conceived. A novice could drive it without making a fool of himself, yet in tuned form the E-Type has shown terrific fight in racing combat with Continentals costing nearly three times as much. Centre section of the car, as on the late-lamented D-Type sports-racer, is a stressed-skin structure, to which is attached a tubular sub-frame mounting the triple-carburettored engine and front suspension gear. All the wheels are independently hung, coil springs are used at the back, torsion-bars in front. The disc brakes (all round) have servo assistance, the rear pair being mounted inboard Of the two available body types, open two-seater and fixed-head Coupé, the latter is slightly the heavier but also the better streamlined. A feature of it is the large opening to the quite spacious luggage compartment just behind the seats.
||E-type||Werner / Olsen||15th||P4.0 2nd|
|3||2||E-Type #850009||Cunningham/Salvadori||4th||1st GT 3.0-4.0||11th||7th|
|E-Type #860630||Sargent/Lumsden||5th||2nd GT 3.0-4.0||12th||6th|
E-Type Lightweight, chassis #860630, engine: Jaguar 3.781 cc; Briggs Cunningham / Roy Salvadori; Briggs Cunningham; 24h Le Mans.