1959 Mark IX Saloon For Sale
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Marque and Model History
After the war, Jaguar, like other motor manufacturers, endeavoured to produce and market exciting new models. Development work on a new flagship saloon to replace the prewar design had been started even before the end of hostilities. Thus it was that the new chassis developed for the Mark VII IX range first appeared in the Mark V. The Mark V, while it looked very similar to the pre-war design, was a stopgap model, intended to tread water until the introduction of its first truly postwar offering, the Mark VII in 1950, with its promise of both modern styling and the marvelous new XK engine.
XK engine was first fitted to the iconic XK120 roadster, which was initially
intended as a "concept car" of the day. Racing success launched the
type commercially and its engine went on to power all Jaguar sports and saloon
cars until the advent of the 12-cylinder motor in the late E-types and lasted
on for 40 years, well into the popular XJ range of cars.
Logically the Mark VII should have been called the Mark VI, but legend has it that, as Bentley was already using that designation, Jaguar Chairman Sir William Lyons reckoned he could upstage them with a "newer" Mark (!). The car featured styling that was evolutionary from the previous MK V, but was also evocative of the swooping curves of the XK120. It was also a much bigger car than the Mark V - 9 inches longer and 4 inches wider. The series began a steady progression throughout the coming decade, reaching its pinnacle in 1958 with the launch of the emblematic Mark IX.
The Mark IX was publicly unveiled at the Earls Court London Motor Show in the autumn of 1958. Visually it was nearly identical to its predecessor the Mark VIII. Mechanically however, much was updated. Under the hood the engine capacity was increased to 3.8 liters by the adoption of the latest version of the XK engine, now rated at an impressive 220bhp. (This was achieved by increasing the stroke from 83mm to 87mm and using a slightly taller block.) The existing "B" type cylinder head was retained as fitted to the 3.4 motor of its predecessor. The 3.8 powerplant was subsequently fitted to the XK150 sports car the following year, in both standard and uprated "S" states of tune.
The Mark IX braking system was upgraded to a Dunlop four-wheel disc system, and power steering was made available as a standard fitment. By this time most were delivered with the robust Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission. Nothing much changed inside the car, as the MK VIII was already superbly equipped and appointed. The major improvement was the uprating of the heater system which had been previously criticized as inadequate for colder climes.
As with the Mark VIII the majority of Mark IXs were sold with a dual color scheme, the darker color usually on top. Curiously, the contemporary version of the Mark VIII (known as the Mark VIIIB) remained in production for some time, available concurrently alongside the now more refined and expensive Mark IX.
Although they were large and heavy, the big Mark Jaguars proved surprisingly successful in racing and rallying. No less a personage than Stirling Moss won contemporary saloon races in a Mark VII and can often be seen driving one in vintage competition today. Mark VIIs also excelled in the daunting Monte Carlo Rally, finishing fourth and sixth in 1952, second in 1953, and finally winning in 1956.
The big Marks were important cars for Jaguar, epitomizing Jaguar's motto of "Grace, Space and Pace." With luxury appointments rivaling Rolls and Bentley, but with more spirited performance at a lower price, they presented a compelling package for contemporary executives and even diplomats. These fabulous cars were integral in the establishment of Jaguar as a premier producer of the high-performance luxury sedans for which they are still famous today.
This series of elegant luxury performance saloons was built by Jaguar Cars, Ltd. at Browns Lane, Allesley, Coventry CV5 9DR. Mark IX production finally ended in September 1961, after some 5982 RHD and 4021 LHD cars were produced.
History Of this Particular Jaguar is as follows:
The vehicle started life with a couple, Mr. & Mrs. John Lucenti. This shall serve as a chronological listing and history of this Fabulous Mark IX.
Mr. & Mrs. Lucenti - owned Lucenti Motors in Charleston, West Virginia. It was the only dealership in West Virginia selling import cars at that time. They made arrangements to go to the factory in Coventry, England to pick up their car. Once they arrived they picked up the car and drove it through the English country side. They took it up through Scotland and several places of special interest to them.
When they were ready to come back to America they placed the car in the cargo hold and brought it back to America. They ported and unloaded the vehicle in New York City.
They placed their luggage into the back of the vehicle and drove it back to Charleston, West Virginia. It was decided to be Mrs. Lucenti's vehicle, but she decided she did not like the car that much. The Lucenti's placed the car on their lot and Mr. Leonard A. Wilcoxon purchased the vehicle for $4000.00 in 1959 ( A king's ransom in 1959). Since the Lucenti's owned the dealership they never showed up in the title chain. Mr. Wilcoxon is the first and original owner. When he purchased the vehicle it only had 2100 miles showing on the odometer.
Mr. Leonard A. Wilcoxon, cherished the Mark IX until his death in 1977. After his death the vehicle was placed in storage on blocks from 1977 until the summer of 1988. Mr. Wilcoxon's son, Jack O. Wilcoxon, then went to West Virginia and picked the car up and brought it to North Carolina. Ownership does not show a change due to inheritance; therefore Mr. Jack O. Wilcoxon shows to be the original owner.
Jack O. Wilcoxon kept the vehicle until September of 2003. He sold it in order to enter an assisted living center there in Charlotte, North Carolina. In speaking with Mr. Wilcoxon, he stated that he had heard or read somewhere that around 200 Mark IX vehicles of this model were all that was still in existence around the entire world today.
This brings the history of the Jaguar up to date.
The Jaguar is in excellent condition and fully functional. Drives like a dream, the engine purrs smoothly like a cat should. All gauges on the vehicle work, all lights are in proper working order. Paint is very presentable, as you will see in the pictures listed on this website. All chrome is in excellent shape, looks like you placed in onto the vehicle yesterday. The interior is still the original interior and wear is minimal. At some point in the vehicles life a tear on the driver seat has been patched. All wood is in great shape and no discoloration is visible. Brakes are in great shape. The tool boxes in the doors are complete all the way down to the brake parts, with are still wrapped in the factory Jaguar tissue paper.
Carpets show very minimal wear and the rear carpet mat looks as though it has never had feet on it. Tires are in great shape, have less than 100 miles on them. Transmission shifts smoothly and effortlessly. There is not any rust on the vehicle and the undercarriage is a clean as the exterior of the vehicle.
Whoever Purchases this exquisite Mark IX will be purchasing the closest thing to a time machine as possible.
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The asking price is $39,700.00 OBO I will consider partial trades and if you would like more info you can contact me @ email@example.com or Cell Phone #828-231-8313.