1962 Jaguar Mark 2.
Seats 5. Manual Gearbox.
THE classic Jaguar wedding car. In fact, THE classic Jaguar saloon. It took the motoring world by storm when it came out in 1959.
“Grace, pace and space” said the advertising at the time and “pace” was demonstrated in the owner’s manual for it instructs drivers to increase tyre pressures by 5 psi if travelling in excess of 110 mph (176 kph)!!
Yes, this was the time when you could drive at any speed you liked, without a seat belt and with no concern over what you had in your bloodstream. Happy days? Maybe not with the number of deaths on the road but certainly a time before the fun police arrived, though don’t tell your Dad that if you are using Reggie as a wedding car!
Jaguar’s sales slogan at the time was “Grace, Space and Pace”.
The “Grace” came from the leather armchair seating in the front, the walnut dash, Wilton carpet and the cutest of picnic tables built into the rear of the front seats – just wide enough for a glass of champagne.
The “Space” was the cavernous boot and seating for five with the high roof line and large glass area giving a feeling or spaciousness to all passengers.
The cars “Pace” came from its legendary XK motor giving it a top speed of 125 mph (201 kph) and only needing 8.5 seconds to reach 60 mph (100 kph).
That “Pace’ was quickly noticed by two groups of people. Racing drivers, who immediately started dominating saloon car racing and local thugs who used it as the ultimate getaway car. It was these groups that gave the car such a cult following. You had the legendary Jim Clark, Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorne racing door handle to door handle during the day and notorious gangland thugs like the Kray twins using them as getaway cars during the night.
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