X Marks The Spot: 1964 Jaguar

Jaguar Mark X

The Mark X is not only unknown by a lot of classic car enthusiasts, there are some folks that just don’t like the big Jaguar. It’s much larger than the popular Mark 2 despite having a similar engine and transmission. The independent rear ends are often cannibalized for hot rods and Cobra replicas. This one is located in Sechelt, British Columbia, Canada and is being auctioned here on eBay with bidding currently at $1,750 with no reserve. Personally, I think the Mark X/420G design is beautiful, with clean lines and lots of luxury on the inside. The seller tells us this one spent most of its life in California, and they also go into some detail on the shortcomings of the car. There are pictures of some rust, but nothing that is awful, although it’s hard to tell the condition of the sills from the one closeup. Back in 1997, about 5,000 miles ago, the car was treated to a full engine, transmission and suspension steering rebuild. The cooling system and exhaust were replaced as well. Everything appears to be present apart from the leaping cat and the nameplates off the trunk. If this one stays reasonable, it might be worth the trip. What do you think?


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  1. fred

    An unusually honest description of the car on the Ebay ad, all the good and all the not so good from a seller who knows his stuff.

  2. jim s

    worth the current bid just to get the motor, part the rest out, you might end up with a free motor and some money. or make it safe and daily drive it. great find

  3. Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

    Jim, I’m really hoping someone drives this one…I know it’s not the best decision economically, but emotionally I’d like to see this on the road :-)

    • jim s

      it has been a very long time since i have see one of these on the road. so i too would love to see this get save. if it is easy to change the back of the motor to accept a manual transmission then it may be bought for the motor.

  4. redwagon

    really do like the way this looks. i am not very familiar with jags – except of course the xke – but this reminds me of a certain brown matchbox car with a front folding hood ……

    beyond that connection i like the proportions and the grey on red would look very sharp. since the opening bid is the reserve it looks like this one is sold and a great price for the rebuilt engine/trans/suspension, even if those are 5,000 miles and 15+ years ago. hopefully finished and not parted out.

    • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff

      @redwagon — I had that same matchbox. Had the husky one in dark blue, too…

  5. Brad

    Wish somebody would turn a Mark 10 into a 2-door. You’d need to shorten it maybe 6 or 8 inches. But if you got all the proportions just right, I think that slab front and pinched rear would look phenomenal in the same dignified way a ’57 Continental MKII does. Neat cars.

    • Brad

      Not that anyone asked, but I’ve spent the last 20 minutes or so in Photoshop, satisfying my own curiosity to see what a hardtop coupe might look like… : )

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      • jim s

        it does look great. thanks for sharing.

      • Jamie Palmer Jamie Staff


  6. Booya

    This was Jag’s attempt to make a car for the Americans — broad beam and all. Didn’t go over too well, but they were selling enough XK’s back then not to care too much. I hear they drive in non-Jaguar ways (suspension somewhat floaty, steering not too direct). Maybe they imitated the Americans a little TOO well.

  7. Dennis M

    These are unit bodies and that one picture of rot looks like there could be some serious issues, particularly with rear suspension mounting points. If rebuild info is true the drive train is worth something.

  8. David

    I love almost all Jags and the engines in these old ones are a work of art when they are polished up. Great cars. The scary part of this post is at the end where the seller says: “it has to sold and be picked up within 10 days…..otherwise, shamefully it will be crushed.” Whatever you do, do not crush it!! I cannot make it happen, but I hope someone saves it from that fate. It truly would be a shame if there isn’t someone who has the time, money and desire to save this beautiful Jaguar Mk X.

  9. ANCMatt

    Man, that old girl deserves some love. Great find. These don’t have quite the same lines as the MkII (and ideally, it would have a stick), but I still appreciate them. I hope someone has the same feelings, but someone with $$$ and knowhow.

  10. edward

    Thanks for all the constructive commentary…I am the seller, and appreciate the fact the car has turned up on this site.
    I suspect the car will end up as a donor for the engine and rear end, but perhaps there is someone who has enough passion, knowledge and deep enough pockets to bring the car back to life. It is definitely a restorable car….the trick is to find the person that deems it worthy of restoration. We shall see…..

  11. CarNut from Winnipeg Member

    If no-one buys it you could donate it to a tech college or high school shop. Here in Canada they give you a tax receipt for it. My parents had a 2003 or 4 Cadillac STS that needed more work on the electronic suspension controls than the car was worth. Donated to local college and got a huge tax receipt. College fixed it and sold it.

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