The Jaguar 420G Was No Ordinary Sedan

The Jaguar 420G Was No Ordinary Sedan

Jaguar Cars Limited has a long and proud tradition of building some of the finest sports cars in the world. With multiple victories at Le Mans and most other important race circuits, Jaguars are instantly recognised by their pace and grace.

But Jaguar's initial pre-war motor cars were sedans: the 1-1/2-liter Sedan of 1935, followed by the 3-1/2-liter and then the MksIV and V. Jaguar's special twist was that these were not mere sedans, they were 'sporting sedans' that added 'space' to that well-known slogan of 'Pace and Grace'.

When the post-war XK120 was launched at Earls Court to an astonished crowd in 1948, it was the fastest roadgoing sports car of the time, capable (officially) of 120mph. Then in 1951 Jaguar unveiled its next sporting sedan, the MkVII, which was similar under the skin to the outgoing MkV but for one great difference: it used the superb engine from the XK120, creating a true 100mph sedan, a sort of BMW M5 of its day, so effective that it went on to win the Monte Carlo Rally in '56. The large Jaguars were soon leading from the front of the field in sedan car racing; Stirling Moss and the gang were seen having huge fun broadsiding the leviathans around various tracks, much to the consternation of drivers in more diminutive racing cars.

As the XK was developed into the 140 and 150, Jaguar's sporting sedans evolved into what became known as the Mk1 and then

Published Dec 7th, 2015