Here’s a rare peek behind the scenes at Jaguar Cars, Ltd. for the development of the Mark X, the company’s luxury sedan of the ’60s. Great little film, check it out.
Big and flashy by British standards, the Jaguar Mark X (also marketed as the Mark 10 and Mark Ten) first appeared before the world at the London Motor Show in October of 1961, where it made quite a splash. The Jag saloon was highly advanced for its day with technical features borrowed from the company’s E-Type sports car, including the famed 3.8-liter, 265 hp twin-cam six and disc brakes and independent suspension on all four corners. The Mark X’s reliability proved to be less impressive, but in those days mechanical hassles were simply part of the Jaguar experience.
Naturally, our favorite parts of this five-minute factory promotional film include the behind-the-scenes footage of the Mark X test mule in the engineering garage, at the proving grounds, and in road trials in Europe. However, the second half of the clip with glamor shots of the production Mark X in color are pretty nice, too. Video below.