JAGUAR MARK VII

JAGUAR MARK VII
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Printed in USA D3 051 004-009

Many Jaguars of the early Fifties were wolves in sheep’s clothing, their bulky frames hiding advanced machinery under a skin of steel. The Mark VII was no exception.
Smooth Operator
With a standing weight of nearly two tons, the Mark VII seemed to be a lumbering town car, perhaps capable of high speeds, but able to perform only when severely tested. There were surprises for supporters of that theory. With the same smooth double-overhead-cam, in-line, six- cylinder engine used in the XK 120 roadster and coupe, but mounted somewhat farther forward, the Mark VII put out 160bhp at 5,200 rpm. Charming enough for British consumers, it still had all the power of an American car.
Maximum Security
The frame was supported by torsion bars in front and semielliptical springs in the back. The overall effect was that of a performance car with an in- town ride. Inside the immense and well- appointed cabin, a walnut dashboard framed the instrument panel and adjustable steering wheel. The Mark VII’s dual gas tanks, mounted in the rear fenders, left enough trunk space for a whole family. Massive twelve-inch power brakes, a necessity in the heavy Jag, offered security at high speeds.
SPECIFICATIONS
Performance: 0-60mph in 12.60 sec.
Top speed of 102 mph
Engine Type/Drivetrain: Double- overhead-cam, in-line 6 Displacement 210 cu. in.
Power Rating 160bhp
Transmission 4-speed manual (optional overdrive; optional automatic BorgWarner)
Chassis: 4,395 lbs.
Price: $4,170 in 1952
The Jaguar Mark VII had the same engine and driveline as the XK 120 sports car.
Photo D. Fontenat © MCMXCI, Edito-Service S.A. © MCMXCI, U.S. Translation
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