Mr Jaguar’s big cat for sale
William Lyons’ own car expected to make six figures
A 1961 Jaguar MkX hand-picked by the firm’s founder Sir William Lyons for his personal use will be for sale at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale at Blenheim Palace on 2-3 September.
It’s expected to fetch up to £100,000, as it was one of the first produced. Manufactured in December 1961, the car was delivered to Sir William in January 1962 and registered to his Wappenbury Hall address in Warwickshire (above).
This MkX was made specifically for Lyons and finished to his exact specification. Extras include walnut rear picnic tables, complete with angled mirrors allegedly installed to allow lady passengers to adjust their makeup. Sir William also requested electric rear windows, allowing him to enjoy a cigarette when riding in the back seat, which his wife is said not to have approved of.
He used the car for three-and-a-half years, then it was sold on to a local man who owned it until 2012, after which it was acquired by its fourth owner.
It’s had a two-year restoration and comes with a fresh MoT. Silverstone Auctions managing director Nick Whale says: ‘We are honoured to have Sir William Lyons’ personal car in the sale.’
Electric windows and rear mirrors were among the unique modifications requested by Lyons.