Jaguar 420G offers a mix of E-type technology and Rolls-Royce levels of luxury at a palatable price
MECHANICALLY, the Jaguar saloon shared much with its newly introduced stablemate, the E-type. Under the hood was the DOHC six-cylinder that first bowed in the 1949 XK120, now upgraded to 265-horsepower, thanks to 3.8 liters of displacement, triple carburetors and a straight-port cylinder head. In power-to-weight terms, then, the Mk X stacked up well--even exceeding the 1960 Lincoln, despite its 430-cu.in. V-8
LUXURY, features abound as well. In addition to the automatic transmission, power steering was standard. The Connolly leather seats reclined in front and both front and back offered folding central arm rests.
BENCHMARK Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud III was in a category all its own. Its $16,665 price twice the Jaguar's $7,384
It even attracted the attention of one Richard "Red" Skelton, who purchased the 1967 420G you see here direct from the factory and had it refinished in a shade of maroon dubbed "Skelton Red" from its original Opalescent Desert Tan hue.
FOR 1967, Jaguar re-crafted the Mk X into the 420G with minor trim and interior differences. The new name was a direct answer to Mercedes's three-digit nomenclature with "G" appended for "Grand" to differentiate the flagship Jaguar from its smaller 420 Sports Saloon sibling, derived from the S-Type. The changes and name switch failed to revive interest in the aging design, however, and Jaguar managed to move only another 5,763 units before production was discontinued in 1970.
TODAY the Mk X represents an opportunity for the Jaguar collector, namely to own a rolling example of the marque's "Grace, Pace, Space" ethos at a fraction of the price of its E-type contemporary.
RESTORATION a street-and-show example, invisible upgrades to this car: stainless exhaust, 15-inch wheels and radial tires from a Series II XJ6, external mirrors from the same car and an upgraded audio system.14inch wheels and hub caps/original radio and wood face plate come with car. 420G as one of the best-kept secrets in the Jaguar scene. Luxury driver or sleeper show car,
SPECIFICATIONS Engine DOHC 12-valve inline-six, cast-iron engine block and alloy cylinder head Displacement 3,781 cc (230.7-cu.in.) / 4,235 cc (258.4-cu.in.) Horsepower 265 @ 5,500 RPM / 265 @ 5,400 RPM Torque 260-lb.ft. @ 4,000 RPM / 283-lb.ft. @ 4,000 RPM Compression ratio 9.0:1 Induction Three SU sidedraft carburetors / Borg-Warner DG-series three-speed automatic / Borg-Warner Type 8 three-speed automatic 0 to 60 MPH 10.6 seconds Standing -mile 17.2 seconds @ 80 MPH Top speed 115-118 MPH Overall length 202 inches Overall width 76 inches Overall height 54.5 inches Wheelbase 120 inches Curb weight 3,926 pounds
RICHARD (RED SKELTON), Cathedral City, California,13th of September 1966, (FIRST OWNER) ( Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust) Production Record Trace Certificate number (28522)
LIVED IN CALIFORNIA TO 2007 ALL DOCUMENTATION TO PROOF ALL (3) OWNERS
PROFESSIONIAL STRIPPED AND REPAINT IN 2009 COST WAS $18,000, 100% RUST FREE BODY STILL LOOKS GREAT
INTERIOR AND WOOD IN VERY VERY GOOD CONDITION
DRIVES AND RUNS BEAUTIFULLY , VERY WELL MAINT.
DAUL EXHAUST, RED SKELTON PROVIDENCS
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