JAGUAR Mark VII-IX
Jaguar’s post-war run of desirable and capable large saloons was truly kick-started with the arrival of the Mark VII in 1950. Although similar under the skin to the outgoing Mark V, the newer car’s forward-looking styling and use of the XK engine, first seen in the XK120, meant the Mark VII was a genuine 100mph proposition. Subsequent revisions refined the big saloon and added even more power into the mix. Easy to find now, and not excessively expensive, the Mark VII-IX saloons lack the cult following of later cars but drive just as well.