1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII

The 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII was a slightly heavier replacement for the Mark VII/VIIM sedans. It featured minor styling changes and more power, but was otherwise the same. Identification points include a one-piece instead of split windshield, two-tone paint, a bolder grille, reshaped seats, and more luxurious interior trim.

The 1957-1958 Jaguar Mark VIII sedan, part of the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII series.
1957-1958 Jaguar Mark VIII sedan.  See more pictures of Jaguar cars.

Output of the XK twincam six was boosted from 190 to 210 bhp for this application, about one horsepower per cubic inch. Still with drum brakes, however. Most examples were fitted with Borg-Warner automatic transmission.

Pluses of the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII:
  • Six passenger room combined with near XK120 performance
  • Graceful "period" styling
  • Not too expensive for a collectible
  • Another Milestone Jag

Minuses of the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII:

  • Rust-prone
  • Body parts no longer around
  • Marginal brakes
  • Construction quality doesn't match looks

Production of the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII:

Specifications of the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII:
Length, inches: 196.5
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Weight, pounds: 4,030
Price, new: approx. $5,000 U.S.

Engines for the 1956-1959 Jaguar Mark VIII:

dohc I-6 (210) 3,442 210 1956-1959

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