The Jaguar Mark VIII was a large four-door sports sedan introduced by the Jaguar company of Coventry at the 1956 London Motor Show.
The car shared its 10-foot (3.05 m) wheelbase with its predecessor, the Jaguar Mark VII, which outwardly it closely resembled. However, the interior fittings were more luxurious than those of the Mark VII. Distinguishing visually between the models is facilitated by changes to the front grill, larger rear lamps and a chrome trim strip below the waistline which allowed the factory to offer a variety of two-tone paint schemes. In addition the new car had rear spats that were cut back to display more of the rear wheels and featured a one-piece slightly curved windscreen, where the Mark VII had incorporated a two-piece front screen of flat glass.
Engine and running gear
The Mark VIII inherited from its predecessor the 3442 cc straight-six engine which it shared with the Jaguar XK140 that appeared two years earlier. In the Mark VIII, supported by twin SU carburetors, and employing a manual four-speed transmission, advertised engine output was now increased to 210 bhp (156.6 kW): the claimed top speed in excess of 106 mph (170 km/h) was considered impressive, given the car's bulk. Transmission options included overdrive or a Borg Warner three-speed automatic box.
After a two year production run of 6,227 units the Mark VIII was replaced by the Jaguar Mark IX.
A green example featured prominently in the Alfred Hitchcock film Vertigo.
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