CAR OF 1961 JAGUAR MKX

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - Modern Classics -

Al­right, so a slightly more sig­nif­i­cant Jaguar – the E-type – was launched in 1961. But what­ever hap­pened to that thing any­way? When it comes to sheer ex­cess though, the sim­ply mas­sive MkX was one of the most im­pres­sive Jags of all time. It was a woodand-leather-dec­o­rated cruise liner that made a Rolls-Royce Sil­ver Cloud look nar­row and con­strained by com­par­i­son. De­spite weigh­ing two tons and be­ing ap­prox­i­mately the size of Rut­land, this lux­u­ri­ous le­viathan still had quite a turn of speed about it, be­ing en­dowed with the same 265bhp six-pot en­gine as the XK150S. That al­lowed it to reach 120mph. It also han­dled pretty well for some­thing of its bulk – well, cer­tainly bet­ter than Rut­land any­way – thanks to its in­de­pen­dent rear sus­pen­sion bor­rowed from the E-type. All-round disc brakes were nec­es­sary if driv­ers were to have a hope of stop­ping the thing. Pro­duc­tion ended in 1970, by which point the MkX had evolved into the 420G, the ‘G’ pre­sum­ably stand­ing for ‘Gar­gan­tuan’…

It’s big­ger than the Forth Road Bridge.

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