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Price: $1 1965 Jaguar Mark X

  • Body: Saloon

    Engine: 4.2L

    Trans: Automatic

  • Drive: RWD

    Ext. Color: Silver

    Int. Color: Blue

  • Mileage: 88,266

    Stock No: 1561

    VIN: 1D75415BW

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Vehicle interested in: 1965 Jaguar Mark X

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Features

  • Power Steering
  • AM/FM Stereo
  • Power Brakes
  • Power Windows
  • Leather Seats

Seller’s Comments

All vehicle trades considered, including classics and performance.  I can assist with financing and transport as needed.

 

This 1965 Jaguar Mark X is a car you don’t often see.  It was Jaguar’s top-of-the-line saloon car throughout the 1960’s.  It has a very stately appearance with generous proportions and a rich interior.  But it also has 4.2L inline-6 power, 4-wheel disc brakes, and an independent rear suspension.  This might be commonplace on today’s luxury sedans, but in 1965 there wasn’t anything else like it.

 

This example was returned to the road in 2020.  This process took a fair amount of time and money, and included a long list of maintenance items.  Many parts were replaced including ball joints, tie rod ends, steering linkage, sway bar links, front cradle bushings, brake caliper rebuilds, u-joints, fuel lines, fuel pumps, and more.  It also included reviving items like the wipers, blower motors, instruments, lighting, and horn.  While this effort was not a restoration, it resulted in a car that can be safely driven and enjoyed.

 

This big unibody is in good overall condition for a 55-year-old car and does not have any significant rust issues.   The body wears an older silver-grey repaint that shows its age and has a few flaws.  But it is still a sharp looking car, especially with the 16” XJ8 wheels (the original 14” pieces are included).  From the forward leaning nose to the curved rear end, this car has a very distinguished appearance.

 

The engine is Jaguar’s very capable 4.2L straight six with dual overhead camshafts, three carburetors, and a factory rating of 265hp.  The dual exhaust had the resonator section removed to give a little more growl.  The 3-speed automatic transmission shifts well and the power steering works good.  As mentioned, despite being a large sedan, this Jaguar was equipped with power 4-wheel disc brakes and an independent rear suspension similar to that of the legendary E-type.  This design provides much better performance than you might expect from a big car of this era.

 

The interior is very English.  The blue leather seats look terrific and are contrasted nicely by the wooden trim throughout.  The front buckets are the widest I’ve ever seen, while the rear occupants each have a fold-down tray.  How neat!  Take a look at the pictures; they definitely don’t make them like this anymore.  A lot of time was spent making things as functional as possible.  The speedometer and tachometer both work, as do the oil and temperature gauges.  Both fuel tanks have working gauges and pumps.  All power windows operate properly.  The wipers and horn work, as do the heater / defroster, cowl vent, and parking brake.  All headlights and turn signals are functional.  Same with the courtesy lights and dash lights.  There is also an aftermarket AM/FM/Bluetooth stereo and a power antenna. 

 

The Jaguar Mark X / 420 is a fairly rare automobile, which is a shame.  Throughout ten production years they only built about 24,000 total cars.  While its successor, the smaller XJ6, is fairly common, you just don’t see many Mark X models - especially running and driving examples.  If you are ready for something different then this may be your car.

 

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