If you’re a Jaguar aficionado, and a classic car collector, the coming few weeks are going to offer some great opportunities. First up is the chassis #62 E-Type that is up for auction at the Silverstone Classic this weekend. If by any chance you miss it, don’t despair. Another super special Jag will be up for grabs at Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale, held at Blenheim Palace on September 2 and 3. The car, a 1961 Jaguar Mk X was previously owned by none other than Sir William Lyons himself.
Built in December 1961 at the Coventry factory, this Mk X was delivered to the Jaguar founder in January 1962 and registered to his Wappenbury Hall address in Warwickshire. It is also one of the very first cars produced using the ‘Zenith’ unitary body shell. Made specially for Lyons to be used as his daily driver and built to his specification requirements, the Mk X has a 3.8-litre six-cylinder engine under its long bonnet.
While the exterior is not any different to other Mk Xs, with four headlights, chrome bumpers and vaned grille, there are many features in the cabin that were specifically added upon Lyons’ request. These include walnut picnic tables at the back, complete with angled mirrors, and electric rear windows, which was not a standard feature at the time. Apart from these special features, the cabin has all the opulent bits befitting a flagship saloon, like luxurious leather, thickly carpeted foot wells and walnut woodwork throughout.
The car was in Sir William Lyons’ possession for three and a half years before it was sold to the Cheltenham Motor Jaguar dealership, from where it changed three more hands. The current owner, who bought it in 2014, got a comprehensive restoration done by specialists at the Jaguar Heritage facility in Coventry, bringing the car back to near concours condition. Finished in its original Opalescent Dark Green colour with beige leather interior, the special Mk X has 71,300 miles (just over 114,700km) on the clock, and is estimated to fetch anything between £75,000 (Dh363,000) and £100,000 (Dh485,000).