Mr Jaguar’s big cat for sale

Wil­liam Lyons’ own car ex­pected to make six fig­ures

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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.

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