Jaguar Mk IX Saloon

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Jaguar Mk IX Saloon

Now often fondly remembered as the last of the "Battleship" Jaguars, the powerful and luxurious Mark IX saloon was launched in October 1958 to replace the Mark VIII, although in the end this did not actually finish its production run until October 1959, thereby overlapping the Mark IX by a full year. Outwardly similar (apart from very minor trim changes) to the Mark VIII, the Mark IX was to become the last Jaguar saloon to use a separate chassis.

Mechanical differences over the already powerful Mark VIII included replacing the 3.4 litre version of the twin overhead camshaft XK engine with a 3.8 litre version which produced 220bhp. Power steering was fitted as standard to the Mark IX as were four wheel disc brakes with servo assistance. Like the Jaguar Mk V, VII, & VIII saloons (there was no Mark VI) that came before it, the interior of the Mark IX was exceptionally well appointed. High quality leather seating, comprehensive instrumentation, walnut fascia panels, door cappings, and picnic tables which folded down from the rear seats were all standard equipment. The Mark IX ended production in September 1961 when it was replaced with the all new, very sleek looking Mark X in October of the same year.


 

Specifications

Model

Mk IX Saloon

Years Produced

1958-1961

Body Type

4 door saloon, steel chassis & body

Length

16ft 4in

Width

6ft 1in

Weight

3980lb

Engine

3781cc 6 cylinder inline, twin ohc

Power

220 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Torque

240lb ft @ 3000 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed manual with synchro on 2nd, 3rd and top. Optional overdrive or automatic

Driven Wheels

Rear

Brakes

Servo assisted discs all round

Front Suspension

Independent by torsion bar & wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Leaf spring, live axle

 

Performance

Model

Mk IX Saloon

Top Speed

114 mph

0-60 mph

11.2 seconds

Fuel Consumption

15 mpg approx

 

Useful Links

Jaguar Drivers Club

Jaguar Enthusiasts Club

Jaguar car books at Amazon.co.uk

Classic Jaguar

FiBoy's Jaguar Home

 

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