1959 Jaguar Mk II

When people think of Jaguar, the first thing that comes to mind is usually the smooth, round shapes of the E-Type, or the XJ220 supercar, or even more commonly, the XJ6. However, one of the most popular cars that Jaguar ever built was the 1959 Jaguar Mk II (Mark 2), a round, aerodynamic four-door sedan; it was exceptional in many ways. On the interior side, it was very well appointed, better than its price would have indicated, with leather upholstery, a wood dash and plenty of dials and knobs, and on the outside, its design was pure Jaguar: it was elegant and stylish, and projected an aura of speed and competence.

1959 Jaguar Mk II
1959 Jaguar Mk II

The biggest available engine was a 3.8-liter, straight-six affair, which produced a very healthy 220 horsepower. It was, in fact, the same engine used in the E-Type, with slightly different parts, which explains why t had about 35 horsepower less. Nevertheless, it made for a fast and exciting drive, with a top speed of 125 miles per hour, and a 0-60 acceleration time of 8.5 seconds.

Not only was the 1959 Jaguar Mk II appreciated by well-heeled people who wanted a classy ride, the Mk II was an accomplished racer as well, and was driven by such automotive legends as Graham Hill and Colin Chapman (of Lotus fame) in their personal lives, giving the Jaguar the ultimate seal of approval.

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