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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1969 Jaguar 420G


Registration Number: CBY 455G Chassis Number: 91D55946B The voluptuous Mk X, introduced in 1961, was the first of a new generation of Jaguar saloons that were far more technically advanced than previous models. One of the main distinguishing features was the use of Jaguars new independent rear suspension system. This new suspension, which combined a more comfortable ride with excellent handling, was quite ingenious in design, using the drive shafts as the top links in a wishbone configuration. In 1966 the 420G model was introduced offering a number of improvements, performance increased with the new 4.2 litre version of the long lived straight six that first appeared in the XK120 of 1948. This time it put out 245bhp, 25 more than the 3.8S could manage. There were a number of other refinements not least of all the Marles Varamatic power steering system. Indeed in retrospect with its more modern front end styling one can see how this model neatly bridges the gap between the essentially Mark 2 based cars that preceded it and the XJ range that was to follow. So in many ways the 420G offers the best of both worlds, in combining cool sixties style with modern comfort and usability and a whole lot more stylish than other saloons from the period. Manufactured in 1969 this particular 420G is finished in blue and has undergone a full restoration will bills in excess of £30,000. Documents and invoices show the restoration work was carried out by various marque specialists. Also supplied is a V5 document and old MoT certificates. As one would expect, the car is now described as being in excellent condition throughout and one would be hard pushed to find a better example of this usable iconic 60s saloon.


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