Compact Jaguar Saloons

From 1955 to 1969

With Jaguar’s success in the early 1950s with the XK sports cars and the Mark VII range, they saw an opportunity to capture a new market for a medium sized, high performance luxury saloon and development started in 1952.

Production years: 1955 - 1959

Based on a unitary (chassisless) construction and with similar styling to the other models, the XK engine was produced in a smaller 2.4 litre capacity for the new model, announced for the 1956 model year as the 2.4 litre saloon. Initially ...

Production years: 1959 - 1966

The 2.4 & 3.4 litre cars stayed in production until 1959 when a substantially modified car, known as the Mark 2 was announced, at which time the earlier cars became unofficially known as Mark 1s.  Although much of the bodywork ...

Production years: 1967 - 1969

By 1967 Jaguar started to reduce its saloon range in readiness for the announcement of an entirely new car, starting with the demise of the 3.8 litre Mark 2. The other Mark 2s were replaced by the 240 and 340 models. Essentially the same cars,...

Production years: 1962 - 1969

In 1960 Jaguar acquired Daimler and with a need to increase sales to return that company to profit, a new model was devised based around the Jaguar Mark 2 body shell and trim. Called the Daimler 2.5 litre V8 saloon, the main difference was the...

Production years: 1963 - 1968

The compact saloon range was expanded in 1963 with the introduction of the S-type models. Based on the Mark 2 monocoque, revised at the rear to accommodate independent rear suspension (and a larger boot area), the front wings were also modifie...

Production years: 1966 - 1968

The range was further expanded with the introduction of the 420 in 1966, being an S-type from the windscreen back but with a revised frontal aspect incorporating a four headlight arrangement and shallower, wider grille. Under the bonnet a larg...