Classic Car Catalogue

Jaguar 1957

Mark I
Mark VII M - discontinued
XK 140 - discontinued
XK 150- new model in May
D-type - discontinued
XK-SS - this year only
Mark IX - October

Great Britain

Jaguar 3.4-Litre Saloon, introduced in January 1957, is similar in appearance to the existing 2.4 model but have a wider radiator grille (which was later to appear on the 2.4 also) and cut-away rear wheel covers The twin-carburettor six-cylinder 3442-cc overhead camshaft engine develop 210 bhp at 5500 rpm. Bore and stroke are 83 x 106 mm. Twin exhaust tail pipes distinguished the 3.4 from the smaller-engined model at the rear. Overdrive or automatic transmission are available at extra cost. The car has a maximum speed of 120 mph and a fuel consumption range of 18-27 mpg. Dunlop disc brakes and wire spoke wheels are offered as optional extras from October.
Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé appeared in May 1957. Wider and roomier bodied than the preceding XK140 (1954-57) and XK120 (1948-54) this even more powerful model feature a wider radiator grille with more slats, a one-piece curved windscreen, a straightened wing line, revised instrumentation, a wider interior and higher door handles. Servo-assisted disc brakes are optionally available. The twin OHC 3.4-litre (83 x 106 mm) engine produce 210 bhp at 5500 rpm. The XK150 is available also as a Fixed-Head Coupé.
Jaguar Mark Vlll Saloon succeed the Mark VIIM, which it resembled apart from the following features : one-piece windscreen, two-tone paint finish divided by chrome beading, radiator grille with wider chrome surround and twin exhausts. The 3.4-litre engine has a new cylinder head, induction system and carburettors. The Mark VIIM continue to be available to special order.
Jaguar XK SS (Super Sports) is a race-bred fully road-equipped version of the highly successful D-type. Its life span is shortened as a result of a fire that destroyed part of the Jaguar factory and with it twelve completed cars and all the jigs and tools. Of the small number produced, most were exported.

W nocy z 12 na 13 lutego w fabryce Jaguara w Coventry wybuchł pożar, który pochłonął 1/3 zakładu. Spaliło się około 400 gotowych do sprzedaży, kosztownych samochodów w tym wszystkie egzemplarze nowego XK-SS wraz z całym oprzyrządowaniem. Dzięki dobrej organizacji już w sierpniu zdołano uruchomić produkcję modelu XK 150, będącego następcą XK 140. Firma podkreśla zastosowanie hamulców tarczowych, które doskonale sprawdziły się na torach wyścigowych. Ponadto wygładzono profil błotników, poszerzono wlot powietrza, zastosowano panoramiczną, jednoczęściową szybę przednią. Tę ostatnią modernizację przeszedł też największy Mark VIII.

W lutym zakłady Jaguara strawił pożar...

... w sierpniu produkcja ruszyla pelna para.


Mark I

2.4 Litre (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 2483 cc, 112-bhp; wb 8 ft 11 ½ in)
3.4 Litre (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 210-bhp; wb 8 ft 11 ½ in) - new model

Jaguar 2.4 Litre

Jaguar 3.4 Litre


Mark VII M

Mk VII M (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 190 bhp; wb: 10' 0'') - discontinued



Mk VIII (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 190 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')


XK 150

XK 150 (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc, 210 bhp; wb: 8' 6'')
 Fixed Head Coupé FHC
 Drophead Coupé DHC




XK- "SS"
Potent New Super Sports Jaguar for Touring or Racing.

DEVELOPED from the successful D-type racing sports car, a new 2-seater Jaguar has made its appearance in response to demand from America for a car combining racing performance with equipment and weather protection of touring-car standard. The new Jaguar, to be called the XK"SS" should meet this demand in a most potent and satisfying manner, for it follows the mechanical specification of the 3I-litre Le Mans cars in all essentials, yet has a full-width curved windscreen, folding hood, luggage grid and bumpers. The cockpit is properly trimmed, has well-upholstered seats and a full "touring" range of instruments. Features retained from the D-type include the large tail fuel tank, drilled lightweight steering wheel, and Dunlop disc brakes and light-alloy disc wheels with knock-off hubs. The car is initially for export only, and first deliveries will be made in February to the U.S.A., where the price is $6.900. The XK"SS" is an addition to the Jaguar range and will not supplant any existing models.
The Motor, January 1957


US market


"Seryjne samochody Jaguar konstruowane są w opaciu o doświadczenia zdobyte w międzynarodowych wyścigach."


Mark IX

Mk IX (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3781 cc, 220 bhp; wb: 10' 0'')


D-type (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc; wb: 7' 6'') - discontinued
XK-SS (6 cyl, 2 ohc, 3442 cc;

1st 24h Le Mans #3 D-Type Flockhard/Bueb
2nd 24h Le Mans #15 D-Type Sanderson/Lawrence
3rd 24h Le Mans #17 D-Type Lucas/Brussin
3rd 12h Sebring #5 D-type Hawthorn/Bueb

F.I.A. World Sports Car Championship entries:

1000 km Buenos Aires 20.01.1957 (round 1) Results:
#   chassis #   Entrant: gen. class
12 D-type XKD 606 Flockhart / Mières Ecurie Ecosse dns S+3.0 -    
14 D-type XKD 603 Mières / Sanderson Ecurie Ecosse 4th S+3.0 3rd    
12 Hours Sebring 23.03.1957 (round 2) Results:
#   chassis #   Entrant: gen. class
5 D-type XKD 605 Hawthorn / Bueb Jaguar North America 3rd S5.0 2nd    
6 D-type   Lloyd / Cunningham B.S.Cunningham fail. S5.0 -    
7 D-type   Hansgen / Boss B.S.Cunningham 5th S5.0 4th    
8 D-type XKD 553 O'Connor / Ensley Jack Ensley fail. S5.0 -    
9 D-type XKD 503 Gomez-Mena/Erickson/Gonzalez A.G.Mena fail. S5.0 -    
10 D-type XKD 528 Woods / Unser R.V.Milosevich fail. S5.0 -    
- D-type XKD 536 Katskee L.Katskee dna S5.0 -    
  24h Le Mans 23.06.1957 (round 5) Results:
#   chassis #   Entrant: gen. class perf.index
3 D-Type XKD 606 Flockhart / Bueb Ecurie Ecosse 1st 3.0-5.0 1st 5th  
4 D-Type XKD 601 Hamilton / Gregory J. D. Hamilton 6th 3.0-5.0 5th 17th  
15 D-Type XKD 603 Sanderson/Lawrence Ecurie Ecosse 2nd 3.0-5.0 2nd 8th  
16 D-Type XKD 573 Frère / Rousselle ENB 4th 3.0-5.0 4th 11th  
17 D-Type XKD 513 Lucas / Brussin Los Amigos 3rd 3.0-5.0 3rd 9th  

Jaguar D-type, engine: Jaguar XK L6 2v DOHC 3810 cc (Walt Hansgen / Russ Boss) by Briggs S. Cunningham at Sebring 12 Hours.

Jaguar D-Type #XKD 606 with Ron Flockhart at 24 Hours Le Mans (Ecurie Ecosse).

The victorious D-Type #XKD 606 (Ron Flockhart / Ivor Bueb) at Le Mans.

D-Type #XKD 603 (Ninian Sanderson / John Lawrence) at Le Mans (Ecurie Ecosse).

D-Type #XKD 513 (Jean Lucas / Jean-Marie Brussin) at Le Mans (Ecurie Los Amigos).

24 Hours Le Mans.

D-Type #XKD 573 (Paul Frère / Freddy Rousselle) at Le Mans (Equipe Nationale Belge).