1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM

by the Auto Editors of Consumer Guide

The 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM came hot on the heels of the stunning XK120 sports car was Jaguar's first all-new postwar sedan, combining the previous Mark V chassis with the magnificent XK twincam six.

The 1952 Jaguar Mark VII sedan, part of the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM series.
1952 Jaguar Mark VII sedan.  See more pictures of Jaguar cars.

The bulbous envelope body retained a distinctive Jaguar vertical grille and a trace of the traditional separate fenderlines. The leading front fender tips, rear fenders, roof, tail, and side window shapes were all gently rounded. Roomy compared to previous Jaguars, it still came with all the usual wood and leather fittings. This was also the first car from Coventry offered with an optional automatic transmission, supplied by Borg-Warner.

The Mark VII had 160 bhp and foglamps recessed into the front fender valences. The Mark VIIM replaced it in 1954 with a 190-bhp version of the XK six and freestanding fog lights. All models were equipped with drum brakes, and power steering was not available. Succeeded by the Mark VIII series in 1957.

Pluses of the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM

  • Six passenger room combined with near XK120 performance
  • Graceful "period" styling
  • Not too expensive for a collectible
  • Both series are Milestone cars
Minuses of the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM:
  • Rust-prone
  • Body parts no longer around
  • Marginal brakes
  • Construction quality doesn't match looks
Production of the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM:
  • Mark VII: 20,939
  • Mark VIIM: 9,261

Specifications of the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM
Length, inches: 196.5
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Weight, pounds: 3,865
Price, new: approx. $4,000-4,600 (U.S.)

Engines for the 1950-1957 Jaguar Mark VII/VIIM:

dohc I-6 3442 160/190 1950-1957

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