|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||50,802 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 4th December 2010 Car - 12/04/2010 / 1956 Jaguar Mk. I SE / Lot 15
Jaguar launched its first small unitary construction saloon, the 2.4 litre, in 1955. The new model was Jaguars first ""small"" saloon since the demise of the old 1.5 litre cars in 1949. Jaguar aimed the new car at the developing executive market and thanks to its keen pricing soon found itself swamped with orders. The body of the 2.4 litre featured heavy door window surrounds and looked bulbous compared to many other luxury saloons of the era. The cars 2483cc twin overhead cam engine provided enough performance (over 100mph) for the day and came with optional overdrive and automatic transmission. For many years the Mk I 2.4 model has lived in the shadow of the more romantic Mk II, however these cars are now rare and are becoming more sought after. The Mk. I also competed successfully in many rallies, touring car, and saloon car races with notable drivers including Stirling Moss, Mike Hawthorn, Tommy Sopwith, and Roy Salvadori. This fine example represents an increasingly rare matching number car with the highly desirable early wider type cast grill. This early Mk. I has spent it's whole life in Yorkshire and was bought by its first owner from Appleyards (of Appleyard Racing fame) in November 1956. He kept it for just one year before (presumably) part exchanging it for another Jaguar in December 1956. For the next two years it was registered to Appleyards. In December 1959, its second private owner took delivery and was to keep it for twenty-six years before passing it on to its 3rd private owner in July 1985. Ten years later, it's last owner acquired it in March 1995. Documented and supported by all its MoT test certificates, it has covered just 50,000 miles. Overall condition is testament to the enthusiastic owners who have preserved and maintained it. Presented in its factory ordered Dove Grey coachwork and original contrasting red leather trim, its factory specification includes close ratio gearbox, overdrive, valve radio, 'automatic' ariel, cockpit operated radiator blind, fog lights and centre spot light. Complete with full ownership history, original buff log book, original handbook, original factory tuning handbook, virtually all MoT test certificates from 1966, two sets of spats and complete original tool kit.