For Sale: 1953 Jaguar Mark VII in St. Louis, Missouri

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1953 Jaguar Mark VII One of 20,908 examples made between 1951 and 1955; one of 12,978 were export examples 3.4L DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with a pair of SU carburetors Four-speed manual transmission and 4.27 gearing Silver over Burgundy exterior Burgundy Connolly Leather interior with Wilton Wool Carpet 120-inch wheelbase Same owner/restorer since 2014 It was the Mark VII model which put Jaguar on the map as a manufacturer of high-performance luxury saloons. There were 20,908 Mark VIIs made between 1951 and 1955, with 12,978 of those as export sales. Interesting ownership history on this handsome steed. We purchased this rarely seen 4-speed Mark 7 from a gentleman who makes artificial eyes for those in need for a living. He found the car at a local estate sale in need of refurbishment. His attraction to the car was from when he was young and had a paper stand. Each day a gentleman would stop in his Jaguar Mark 7 to purchase a paper, leaving him interested in the Jaguar. While combing through the copious amount of paperwork that was indeed the same car the gentleman stopped at his paper stand some 50+ years ago. He then set out to restore the car you see today. After he had his fun he decided to move the car along and that's where we came in... Originally registered in the UK in 1953 it seems it was exported to the USA in 1954. We have service receipts back to 2/9/54. When Leo Hapley acquired the car. WE have additional receipts through 6/28/67. The car was sold to a Mr. Joe Havens somewhere thereafter and the car was judged at the St. Louis JCNA event in 1989. The first time I showed my 1961 flat floor E-Type. This was the car that Jaguar Chief Engineer William Lyons had always intended the XK engine for, and after small-scale production of the XK120 sports car for two years, the Mark VII saloon followed in October 1950. However, most of production went for export, and the Mark VII was the first Jaguar saloon to sell in large numbers in the USA. This example is dressed in silver over burgundy, with the paint and trim in overall very good order. The bodywork is straight and solid and the car?s chrome bumper look good and fit tightly to the body. There is a full-size spare tire in the trunk. The engine bay is in very good order, too. This Big Cat rolls on Coker Classic wide whitewall tires, size 6.50R16 at all four corners. Each one is mounted on steel wheels, with a silver beauty rim topped with a factory wheel cover. The tires and wheels are all in order. This Cat rides on a 120-inch wheelbase. Under the hood is what makes it all work, the 3.4L DOHC straight six-cylinder engine with a pair of SU carburetors. Backing this engine is a four-speed manual transmission and a 4.27:1 rear end. Inside, the burgundy Connolly Leather seats with rear center fold-down armrest and matching Wilton Wool Carpet are in satisfactory shape, as is the rest of the interior ? the headliner, inner door panels, instrument panel and shift lever. The speedo and horn are inop. Right side full tank sending unit does not register. The Mark VII chassis came from the Jaguar Mark V and the wheelbase remained the same at 10 feet. The new model?s body looked more streamlined, with integrated headlights and mudguards, a two-piece windscreen, and longer rear overhang. As on the Mark V, the rear wheels were partially covered by removable spats. Whereas the Mark V had a prewar pushrod engine originally developed by the Standard Motor Company, the Mark VII was powered by the newly developed XK engine. First seen in production form in the 1948 XK120, the 3.4L DOHC straight-six provided 160 horsepower, the same as in the XK120, and the saloon's claimed top speed was over 100 mph. When the car was being developed, Jaguar thought it would find most of its customers overseas, mainly because UK car tax at that time penalized buyers of larger-engined cars. However, it went into production just as Britain's postwar economic austerity began to ease, and in 1951 the car's enthusiastic reception in both the British and American markets prompted Jaguar to relocate production to larger premises, at the Browns Lane plant, which had been built for wartime production as a shadow factory and was now available for immediate use. A Mark VII tested by The Motor in 1952 had a top speed of 101 mph, accelerated from 0?60 mph in 13.7 seconds. Queen Elizabeth II?s mother, the Queen Mother, had one as her private car between 1955 and 1973. In 1952 the Mark VII became the first Jaguar to be offered with an automatic transmission. By the time the model was upgraded to M specification in 1954, 20,908 had been produced. Competition to this Jag in 1953 included Chrysler?s New Yorker, DeSoto?s Firedome, Hudson?s Hornet, Oldsmobile 98 Touring and Packard?s Cavalier Touring Sedan. VIN: B41638 This car is currently located at our facility in St. Louis, Missouri. Current mileage on the odometer shows 31,102 miles. It is sold as is, where is, on a clean and clear, mileage exempt title. GET OUT AND DRIVE!!! Note: Please see full terms and conditions listed below that pertain to the purchase of any said vehicle, thank you.

Vehicle Details

  • 1953 Jaguar Mark VII
  • Listing ID: CC-1598650
  • Price: $39,900
  • Location:St. Louis, Missouri
  • Year:1953
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:Mark VII
  • Odometer:31104
  • Stock Number:211205
  • VIN:B41638
Listed By:
MotoeXotica Classic Cars
2340 Cassens Dr
St. Louis, MO 63028

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