Jaguar Mark IX

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Jaguar Mark IX
Jaguar Mark IX
ManufacturerJaguar Cars
10,005 produced
PredecessorJaguar Mark VIII
SuccessorJaguar Mark X
ClassLarge luxury car
Engine(s)3781 cc, 220 hp (164 kW)
Wheelbase120 in (3048 mm) [1]
Length196.5 in (4,990 mm)[2]
Width75 in (1,900 mm)[2]
Height63 in (1,600 mm)[2]
Curb weight4,000 lb (1,800 kg)
ManualsService Manual

The Jaguar Mark IX (pronounced mark nine) was a large saloon car produced by Jaguar Cars between 1959 and 1961. It replaced the previous Mark VIII, and indeed differed little in exterior appearance except for the new model name. It was replaced by the much larger Mark X in 1961.

Standard transmission was a four speed manual system: options included overdrive or usually a Borg Warner three speed automatic box[3].

Internally, an enlarged-bore 3.8 L (231 in³), 220 bhp DOHC straight-6 replaced the previous 3.4 L (210 in³) unit. Two SU carburettors were fitted. Four-wheel servo assisted Dunlop [disc brake]]s and recirculating ball power steering were now standard equipment. The vehicle's power and good brakes for a vehicle of the era, together with its impressive appearance makes it quite a common choice for classic car circuit racing, such as at the Goodwood Circuit's 'Revival' meetings. The torsion bar independent front suspension and leaf sprung rear live axle was retained from the Mk VIII.

The body was very similar to its predecessor but the sunshine roof became a standard fitting on the home market. The interior was in the same luxurious mode with extensive use of leather and wood trim and deep pile carpet. A range of single and duo-tone paint schemes were offered.


A car with automatic transmission tested by the British magazine The Motor in 1958 had a top speed of 114.4 mph (184.1 km/h) and could accelerate from 0-60 mph (97 km/h) in 11.3 seconds. A fuel consumption of Template:Convert/foutmig (Template:Convert/L/100 km mpgus) was recorded. The test car cost £12162 including taxes of £721. [2]

A green example was featured prominently in Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo (film).


  1. Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2. 
  2. 2.0 2.1 2.2 2.3 "The jaguar Mark IX". The Motor. October 8 1958. 
  3. Gloor, Roger (1. Auflage 2007). Alle Autos der 50er Jahre 1945 - 1960. Stuttgart: Motorbuch Verlag. ISBN 978-3-613-02808-1. 

Langworth, Richard M. (ed.) (2001). The Complete Book of Collectable Cars. Publications International, Ltd.. ISBN 0-7853-4313-X. 

  • This article incorporates text translated from the corresponding German Wikipedia article as of 2008-02-25.

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