Jaguar Mk. VIII

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Jaguar Mk. VIII

1956 - 1959
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
6 cyl. OHV
Capacity:
3,442 cc
Power:
210 bhp / 156.6 kW
Transmission:
4 spd. manual
Borg-Warner 3 spd auto
Top Speed:
106+ mph
Number Built:
6,332
Collectability:
4 star
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Introduction



The 1956 - 1959 Jaguar Mark VIII was a slightly heavier replacement for the Mark VII/VIIM sedans. It featured minor styling changes and more power, but was otherwise the same.

The car shared its 10 feet (3,048.0 mm) wheelbase with its predecessor, however, the interior fittings were more luxurious than those of the Mark VII.

Distinguishing visually between the models is facilitated by changes to the front grill. In addition, whereas the Mark VII had incorporated a two piece front windscreen, the Mark VIII featured a one piece slightly curved screen.

The Mark VIII also inherited from its predecessor the 3442 cc straight six engine which it shared with the Jaguar XK150 that appeared the same year. The engine was fitted with twin SU carburettors, output of the XK twincam six was boosted from 190 to 210 bhp for this application, about one horsepower per cubic inch.

While a manual four speed transmission was standard, you could option an overdrive although most buyers decided instead to opt for the Borg-Warner automatic transmission. Unfortunately though all came with drum brakes.

As previously mentioned, the advertised engine output was increased to 210 bhp (156.6 kW): the claimed top speed was in excess of 106 mph (170 km/h) was impressive, given the car's bulk. After a two year production run the Mark VIII was replaced by the Jaguar Mark IX: 6,332 Mark VIIIs had by then been produced.

Identification points include a one-piece instead of split windshield, two-tone paint, a bolder grille, reshaped seats, and more luxurious interior trim.

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These cars are wonderful, having the same appearance and appointments as a Bentley at a cost not limited to the very affluent, they also have a successful racing history and super support from the many Jaguar clubs. because of the mechanicals used for many years, they are inexpensive to use! Mine was the family car for decades and only had to replace the generator PERIOD!!
 
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