The Jaguar Mk. X was the top of the range saloon car built by the British manufacturer primarily aimed at the United States market. The unitary construction body-shell was codenamed 'Zenith' during development and this floor pan continued in production long after Mk. X production ended, as the DS420 Limousine. The interior was the last Jaguar with abundant standard woodwork, including the dashboard, escutcheons, window trim, a pair of large bookmatched fold-out rear picnic tables and a front seat pull-out picnic table stowed beneath the instrument cluster. Later, air conditioning and a sound-proof glass division between the front and rear seats were available as options. The Mk. X was the first Jaguar saloon to feature independent rear suspension and differed from earlier large Jaguar saloons in having 14" wheels instead of the more common 15". The front suspension used double wishbones with coil springs and telescopic dampers. The car initially featured a 3,781cc version of Jaguar's XK in-line, six-cylinder engine. For the London Motor Show in October 1964, the enlarged 4,235cc unit took over although the 3.8-litre unit could still be specified until October 1965. Many domestic ma
The Jaguar Mk. II was built from 1959 to 1969 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 litre models which were manufactured between 1957 and 1959. It was a handsome, powerful and good handling saloon which was offered with a choice of three six-cylinder twin cam engines; 2.4 litre, 3.4 litre or 3.8 litre. After the appreciation of the Mk.I, Jaguar's successor was well received making a good car even better. Similar in appearance but with a bigger glass area, it boasted a wider track to improve road holding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all-round disc rather than drum brakes. Raced by all the top drivers of the day including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and Michael Parkes, the Mk. II has scored victories throughout saloon car races in the sixties and was also raced across Europe in the Tour De France and Monte Carlo rally. Finished in the lovely original period colour scheme of pearl grey with a contrasting red interior, this fine example was purchased new via Coombs and Sons of Guilford by R.F.H. Porter on 12th August 1961 as detailed by the original order form in the car's file. According to the document, it was fitted with a badge bar, wind-up radio
The Silver Cloud II was introduced in 1959 replacing the Silver Cloud I. Little changed externally but it now had a 6.2 litre, V8 engine which pushed the weight to 2.11 tonnes. Performance, however, was greatly improved and top speed was now raised to 114mph. The main improvements though were in acceleration and torque. Power steering became standard and electrically operated windows were now available as an option. The basic architecture of the Silver Cloud II did not change between 1959 and 1963 but there were numerous minor changes implemented, notable among them a succession of improvements to the ventilation system. Interior changes in 1961 included the adoption of blue instrument lighting, the introduction of a combined indicator/headlamp flasher switch and of a handbrake warming light. Presented in Tudor Silver and Shell Grey with St. James' Red Connolly hide, this Rolls-Royce represents the establishment of the early 1960's period with sympathetic restoration works having been carried out to thorough standards. The coachwork is in superb condition with excellent panel fit; chrome bodywork parts have been partially re-plated and bumpers totally restored, a new front windscre
For Bentley and Rolls-Royce, the star of the 1959 London Motor Show was their first all-alloy V8 engine to be found in both the Bentley S2 and its cousin, the Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud II. The engine produced approximately 200bhp (Bentley and Rolls-Royce would never quote horsepower figures, preferring to state that it was 'adequate') and, by virtue of its alloy construction, weighed the same as the 4.8 litre, six-cylinder engine it replaced. The result was a smoother, more powerful ride. Most Bentley S2's carried factory 'Standard Steel Saloon' coachwork satisfying the company's commercial requirements and in total 2,308 Bentley S2's were manufactured. This delightful Bentley S2 is finished in the stylish and desirable tones of velvet green over Tudor grey and is supplied with a large history file containing MoT test certificates, tax and service history dating back to 1992. The car underwent a body restoration in October 2000 through to May 2001 and has had further work carried out in July 2015 to the wings, arches and sills which were stripped back and refurbished; the inner arches were fully wax oiled. Further items overhauled at the time include a manifold and carburettor and i
The Alvis TD21 was built between 1958 and 1963 and was an updated version of the TC which was liked for its style and performance but passenger and luggage accommodation were unsatisfactory. Accordingly the amalgamated firm of Mulliner Park Ward, by now a Rolls-Royce subsidiary, was approached to re-design the body to meet with British market requirements. The result was the TD21 which was introduced late in 1958. Park Ward's re-design of the body retained a superficial resemblance to Hermann Graber's original but allowed greater room; especially in the rear and better luggage capacity. A car with manual transmission was tested by the British magazine, The Motor, in 1960 and had a top speed of 103mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60mph in 13.5 seconds. A fuel consumption of 20.2 miles per gallon was recorded and cost £2,827 including taxes. This beautiful example of the TD21 is finished in Burgandy with sumptuous beige leather interior and excellent wood dash. Originally sold to the UK, where it resided for much of its life, it was purchased in 1998 by a French owner, Mr. Goris, who took very good care of the coupé which can be demonstrated by the comprehensive history file. The c
Introduced in 1957, the Flaminia was Lancia's flagship model at that time, replacing the Aurelia. It was available throughout its lifetime as saloon, coupé and cabriolet. The Flaminia coupé and convertible were coachbuilt cars with bodies from several prestigious Italian coachbuilders. The aluminium bodied cabriolet and coupés from Touring of Milan were considerably more expensive than the Berlina models but the designs epitomised the style and design flair of the finest motoring designers of their time. A total of 1,550 2.5 Litre GT Coupés were built by Carozzeria Touring between 1957-62, making them somewhat exclusive in their day. With double wishbones, coil springs and shock absorbers featuring on the new model, the cars performance was nimble and the ride comfort was superior to much of the competition. The Flaminia was named after the "Via Flaminia", a road leading from Rome to Ariminum (Rimini). This respected the established Lancia tradition of naming individual models after Roman roads. This GT Touring Superleggera was completed on 20th February 1961 and is finished in gunmetal grey with burgundy leather upholstery. It was the subject of light restoration in Italy approxim
Bedford Vehicles, usually shortened to just Bedford, was produced by Vauxhall Motors which was ultimately owned by General Motors. Established in 1930 and constructing commercial vehicles, Bedford Vehicles was a leading international truck brand, with substantial export sales of light, medium, and heavy trucks throughout the world. It was GM Europe's most profitable venture for several years. Perhaps the major event of the 1950's, was the transfer of all non-car based commercial vehicle manufacture to the former Vauxhall shadow factory at Boscombe Road, Dunstable. Bedford's Dunstable plant, dating originally from 1942, was extensively rebuilt and extended between 1955 and 1957 when all production lines were said to be over a mile long. Subsequently, all commercial vehicle manufacture would be concentrated here with only vans and car based commercials remaining at the Luton plant. The Bedford TJ was first manufactured in 1958 and was an updated version of the TD range. The TJ was available in the United Kingdom up until 1975, after 1975 it was manufactured only for export. Production continued until 1986, after that it was manufactured by AWD into the early 1990s. Petrol and diesel
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