The compact Jaguar saloons of the 1950s and 1960s were some of the most popular performance cars of their day, became a legend in their own time, and now are considered one of the most collectable of classics. In this fascinating, extensively illustrated book, Nigel Thorley describes the year by year history and development of the Jaguar Mark 1 and Mark 2 models, from the original design concept in the early 1950s, through to the final variants produced at the end of the 1960s. The author unearths many anecdotes and curiosities along the way, as well as covering the main body of evolution, to become the most popular and profitable models in the Jaguar range for many years. With a fabulous collection of period and specially commissioned photographs, this publication represents a feast of valuable information for anyone interested in general motoring history, Jaguar specific information, as well as for enthusiasts and owners of these fine cars. Out of print for some years, this popular book is now available again from Veloce as part of their Classic Reprint series.
JAGUAR MARK 1 AND 2 A Celebration of Jaguar’s Classic Sporting Saloons
Originally published by Haynes in 2005, now reprinted by Veloce. If you don’t have it, read on, because it is an excellent addition to any Jaguar library and presents a very good case for reprinting certain out-of-print titles. The Marks 1 and 2 epitomised Jaguar’s 1950s/1960s values of stylish, good-performing cars at modest prices. Thorley’s book starts with the cars design and development (there are wonderful photos of an early mock-up body propped up on blocks of wood) and runs right through to the final 240s and Daimler V8 250s in 1969. Along the way, many thousands of the various models were sold; they were raced and rallied with great success (a couple of New Zealand photos are included), their engines and breaking improved, and the road test were enormously enthusiastic for many years. This is a delightful book, with hundreds of photos, period adverts, some fascinating comparisons with competitors models, and it is full of fascinating details such as the non-smoking William Lyons initial intention not to fit any ashtrays to the first 2.4 saloons! Highly recommended.