The Jaguar saloon in your Shell Bay image ( The Way We Were, CCW, 28 June) is a MkVIII, complete with a onepiece windscreen, flashing orange indicators, revised fog lamp siting, cut away rear spats and a narrow chrome strip following the wing line, providing a break for two tone paint schemes.
As this model was introduced at the London Motor Show in October 1956, I wonder if this photograph relates to a summer’s day in 1957? The Queen Mother used a claretcoloured MkVIIM for a number of years and this was updated by Jaguar to include features from the Mark VIII and IX, including the revised windscreen, but retained the earlier fuller spats on the rear wheels. This car is in the Jaguar Cars collection, wearing the registration number 454 HYV (it was NLT 7 when in Royal use). The third Ford in the line is another Prefect, possibly a Deluxe. Malcolm Farmery, Leeds
The Jaguar MkVIII was one of the stars of 1956’s British Motor Show at Earls Court.