Classic Saloon Registrars
Let me introduce myself, my name is Ray Norton and I am the Register Secretary of the Classic Saloon Register.
I am a relatively new Member of the JCCWA and joined in July 2016. My primary motivation for joining the Club was that I had decided to buy and import a 1961 Jaguar 3.8 MK2 from South Africa. I knew the car well as my cousin Robin Finlayson had completely restored it himself and put it on the road in late 1998. The car was immaculate, garaged, always covered and had hardly been driven (+/- 7,000 miles) in the 18 years since he had restored it.
I decided to try and contribute wherever possible to the Club and became the Secretary in September 2019. Due to me still working full time and not having enough time to do justice to both, I resigned after 9 months. When Paul Gardener approached me this year to become the Registered Secretary for Classic Saloons, I accepted. I believe I can accommodate and fulfil this role more easily, as we both love going on drives and weekends away with the Club and its Members. My goal this year will be to initiate fun outings and visits to our beautiful State. This will be in the form of day and weekend trips away somewhere for our enthusiastic members.
I look forward to getting to know many more of you.
Cars In The Classic Car Register
Mark 1, Mark 2, 240, 340, Daimler V8 1955-68
Medium sized saloon 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.