Hi I’m Paul, a proud, if somewhat confused, Australian Englishman and I’ve been living in Perth since 2009.
I have always loved cars and was brought on a diet of 1960/70’s cars. My first car love was a 1973 Rover P5B Saloon which my girlfriend’s father owned. I am not sure he ever knew that it was my first ton up car. Aside from the Rover my mates and I lived on a diet of the cheap and cheerful Fords, the dreadful Morris Marina TC which was followed by a more exotic Opel Ascona 19.SR.
I finally succumbed to the malaise of company cars although it has to be said the mid 1990’s Turbo Rovers where great fun if you weren’t paying for fuel or tyres and managed to avoid those pesky speeding fines. My first post company car era was a BMW840ci which has continent crossing capabilities but also devoured cash like a thirsty alcoholic. Since arriving in Perth I have been driving a petrol Range Rover which surprise surprise costs a small fortune to run but wins me back within a few minutes after being picked up from its latest trip to the garage.
Like all kid of the 1960’s I always loved the Jaguars that featured in The Sweeney and last year I finally bit the bullet and acquired my fully restored and modified 1966 3.8 Mk2. Only time will tell if it has the same characteristics as most of my cars but it does share that ability to put a broad smile on my face whenever I take it out.
I’d like members of the Classic Saloon Register to become more involved with the actual Register and would appreciate your suggestions on cars to be included on our masthead and runs that we can share with our Jaguar brethren. You can contact me direct or through the website.
Finally I’d like to thank the owners of the cars featured on our masthead and thank Bill Smith, the avid local classic car photographer, for his permission to use some of beautiful shots of our cars at rest. You can find his work on Facebook by searching for Classic and Modern Show Cars AU.The Register spans saloons manufactured between 1959 and 1992.
Mark 1, Mark 2, 240, 340, Daimler V8 1955-68
Medium sized salon cars first introduced in 1955 and known at introduction as Jaguar 2.4 Litre which was later joined by US market destined Jaguar 3.4 Litre. Retrospectively referred to as Mark 1 following the introduction in October 1959 of the Jaguar Mark 2.
The Mark 2 introduced the 3.8 Litre engine alongside the 2.4 Litre and 3.4 Litre but this was largely removed from manufacturing except for special order high performance in 1967 when the other models were rebadged Jaguar 240 and Jaguar 340
The Daimler V8 was the first Daimler car to be based on a Jaguar platform and sadly the last to feature the hemispherical head V8 engine which was first used in the Daimler SP250 sports car.
Medium sized saloon car that was a technically more sophisticated development of the Mark 2, offering buyers a more luxurious alternative without the size and expense of the Mark X. The S-Type retained the 3.4 Litre and 3.8 Litre engines seen in the Mark 2 which its sold alongside the as well as the Jaguar 420 following its release in 1966.
The Jaguar 420 (pronounced "four-twenty") was introduced at the October 1966 London Motor Show and produced for two years as the ultimate expression of a series of "compact sporting saloons" offered by Jaguar throughout that decade, all of which shared the same wheelbase. Developed from the Jaguar S-Type, the 420 cost around £200 more than that model and effectively ended buyer interest in it, although the S-Type continued to be sold alongside the 420 until supplanted by the Jaguar XJ6 late in 1968.
Mark X, 420G, 1961–70
The Jaguar Mark X (Mark ten), later renamed the Jaguar 420G, was British manufacturer Jaguar's top-of-the-range saloon car for a decade, from 1961 to 1970. The large, luxurious Mark X succeeded the Mark IX as the company's top saloon model, and was primarily aimed at the United States market. The company hoped to appeal to heads of state, diplomats and film stars.
Introduced in the same year as Jaguar's iconic E-Type, the Mark X impressed with its technical specification and innovations. Combined with the 3.8-litre, triple carburettor engine as fitted to the E-type, it gave Jaguar's flagship a top speed of 120 mph and capable handling at less than half the price of the contemporary Rolls-Royce Silver Cloud
Despite press acclaim from both sides of the Atlantic, the Mark X never achieved its sales targets. When Jaguar decided to replace its entire saloon range with a single new model, the resulting XJ6 of 1968 used the Mark X as a template.
XJ Series 1, 2 and 3, XJC.(1968-92)
The Jaguar XJ is the name of a series of full-size luxury cars sold by the British automobile brand, Jaguar Cars since 1968. Since 1970 they have been Jaguar's flagship. The original model was the last Jaguar saloon to have had the input of Sir William Lyons, the company's founder, and the model has been featured in countless media and high-profile appearances.