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The Jaguar Mark 1 was a saloon car produced by Jaguar between 1955 and 1959 and referred to in contemporary company documentation as the Jaguar 2.4 and 3.4 litre. The designation Mark 1 was included retrospectively on its replacement by the Mark 2. The 2.4-litre was the company's first small saloon since the demise of its 1 1/2 litre cars in 1949 and were an immediate success, easily outselling the larger Jaguar saloons.
Adhering to William Lyons maxim of the period grace, pace and space, the Mark 2 was a beautiful, fast and capable car and was powered by either a 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8 litre XK6 engine.
In 1967, the 2.4 and 3.4 Mark 2s became the 240 and 340, and the 3.8 litre engine was dropped; these later cars can be easily identified by the slim front and rear bumpers. The Mk. 2 was raced very successfully in the European Touring Car Championship, until the Ford Falcon came along and out-performed it.
Brooklands Books Ltd "Road Test" books provide a wide range and collection of road tests, comparison tests, new model introductions, long term tests, and other articles taken from the world's leading motoring magazines. The regular Road Test series contain 100 pages with approximately 200 illustrations.
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