1955 Jaguar Mark VII M Saloon HM Queen Mother's Car 464 HYV
It was the Mark VII model which put Jaguar on the map as a manufacturer of high-performance luxury saloons. This was the car that William Lyons had always intended the XK engine for, and after small-scale production of the XK120 sports car for two years, the Mark VII saloon followed in October 1950. With the twin overhead camshaft 3.4 litre engine developing 160 bhp, the Mark VII had a top speed of 101 mph (163 km/h) and was the fastest production saloon car in the world at the time.
The high performance was combined with plenty of room for five passengers and their luggage, elegant styling, and a well-appointed interior. Road holding and handling were excellent for a large luxury car. All this was available at the modest price of £1,276. However, most of production went for export, and the Mark VII was the first Jaguar saloon to sell in large numbers in the USA. To suit American preference, in 1952 the model became the first Jaguar to be offered with an automatic gearbox.
Although one would not think so, the Mark VII was even successful in competition, and for some years dominated the touring car races at Silverstone, driven by among others Stirling Moss and Mike Hawthorn. The model was also entered in rallies, and a Mark VII won the 1956 Monte Carlo Rally, driven by Irishmen, Ronald (Ronnie) Adams, Frank Biggar and Derek Johnston.
The Mark VII attracted some famous customers, none more so than Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the Queen Mother, who took delivery of this car in 1955, finished in a special metallic version of the Royal colour Claret.
This car is an example of the Mark VIIM model which was produced from 1954, but was later updated for Her Majesty with features from the Mark VIII/IX models: such as the one-piece windscreen; improved lighting front and rear, including flashing indicators to replace the original trafficators; and all round disc brakes.
She kept the car for her private motoring until 1973 at which time it came back to Jaguar and it is now in the care of the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.
In 2000 Jaguar Cars commissioned local artist Graham Bosworth, who had previously painted JDHT’s SS1 Airline and Swallow Sidecar, to do a painting of this Mark VII for the Company to present to Her Majesty on her 100th birthday in August.
Jonathan Browning, Managing Director of Jaguar Cars received a letter of thanks from Her Majesty dated 7 August 2000.
We believe this painting went to the Castle of Mey, her Scottish Residence.
Registration Mark: 464 HYV
Chassis Number: 727554 BW
Owner: The Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust
Inventory Number: 049/J.15
Price when new: One doesn't discuss money.