1958 JAGUAR MARK NINE, MK IX, interesting History.

Price: - Item location: Fresno, California, United States
  • Make: Jaguar
  • Model: Mark IX
  • Type: Sedan
  • Year: 1958
  • Mileage: 72,238
  • Color: cream
  • Engine size: 3.8 litre
  • Number of cylinders: 6
  • Fuel: Gasoline
  • Transmission: Automatic
  • Drive type: RWD
  • Interior color: Black
  • Drive side: Left-hand drive
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1958 Jaguar Mark IX

Up for auction is a very interesting Jaguar restoration project This Jaguar MK IX is one of the earliest surviving cars being the 68th made. This makes it a 1958 model of which Jaguar only produced 200 in 1958. Also, this particular car was ordered as a personal export delivery for Charles Hornburgwho picked it up in October of 1958 in London with the British plate number UWK 530. As most Jaguar aficionados know, in 1948 Charles Hornburg became the first importer of Jaguar automobiles to the United States. He had gone to England to meet with Sir William Lyons, founder of the Jaguar Motor Car Co. Their agreement brought Jaguar to this country, where it rose to first in sales of imported cars in 1953 at a time when imports were a small part of the U.S. auto market. Hornburg Jaguar Inc. remains one of the largest Jaguar dealerships in America. Mr Hornburg was also heavily involved in Jaguars racing success employing the likes of Phil Hill. I included a photo of Mr Hornburg with Sir William Lyons and Clark Gable.This Mark Nine Jaguar Comes with a Jaguar heritage certificate that verifies Charles Hornburg as the first owner.(see photo)EXTERIOR - The car is currently in gray primer (how I purchased it) but the doorjambs, engine bay and boot (trunk) are cream / white. The body has good shut lines and very little rust due to it spending the majority of its life in California. There are some bubbles on the boot lid and at the bottom of a couple of doors. there is also some rust in the floor by the back door where some rodents made a home(since cleaned up) The windshield is missing as are the front parking/ marker lights. I have taken a lot of photos so please look and judge for yourself.INTERIOR - The interior needs a total restoration but is mostly complete. I took photos of the wood trim and labeled them. The gauges look good and it has the correct steering wheel. DRIVETRAIN- When I purchased this Jag twenty years ago I drove it into its storage spot, but it has been sitting ever since. It still retains its original engine but the head has been changed at some point in its life. I recently filled the cylinders with Marvel Mystery oil and turned the engine over. I then fired the engine up using starting fluid and got oil pressure and it firing on all six cylinders. The brakes will need rebuilding. I have restored four MK IX's and I have come to the realization that I do not have the inclination to restore a fifth. I think this is a viable restoration project given it being such an early car and with its interesting history. I am selling the car at no reserve and the starting bid being the value of a 3.8 liter engine alone. I can help with the logistics of shipping. Bidders with less than 5 feedbacks please contact me before bidding or your bid will be cancelled, thanks. Please contact me with any questions by email or phone (Simon@ 559 349 3109)