Jaguar Mark VIII

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Jaguar Mark VIII
Jaguar Mark VIII in Hertfordshire.jpg
ManufacturerJaguar Cars
Production1956–1958
6,227 produced
PredecessorJaguar Mark VII
SuccessorJaguar Mark IX
ClassLarge luxury car
Body style(s)4-door sedan
Engine(s)3442 cc, 210 bhp (156.6 kW)
Wheelbase120 in (3048 mm) [1]
Length196.5 in (4991 mm)
Width73 in (1854 mm)
Curb weight3,752 lb (1,702 kg)
ManualsService Manual

The Jaguar Mark VIII was a large four door sports sedan introduced by the Jaguar company of Coventry at the 1956 London Motor Show. The car shared its 10 feet (3,048.0 mm) wheelbase with its predecessor, the Jaguar Mark VII which outwardly it closely resembled. 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 new car featured a one piece slightly curved screen.

The Mark VIII inherited from its predecessor the 3442 cc straight six engine which it shared with the Jaguar XK150 that appeared the same year. In the Mark VIII, supported by twin SU carburetors, and employing a manual four speed transmission, advertised engine output was now increased to 210 bhp (156.6 kW): the claimed top speed in excess of 106 mph (170 km/h) was considered impressive, given the car's bulk. Transmission options included overdrive or a Borg Warner three speed automatic box.

After a two year production run the Mark VIII was replaced by the Jaguar Mark IX: 6,227 Mark VIIIs had by then been produced.

References

  1. Culshaw; Horrobin (1974). Complete Catalogue of British Cars. London: Macmillan. ISBN 0-333-16689-2.