The Jaguar Mk VII was launched in 1950 and production carried on until the introduction of the Mk VII M in 1954. The ‘M’ cars could be distinguished from their predecessors most easily by the horn grilles beneath the headlights. These replaced the formerly integrated auxiliary lamps which were now perched on the bumpers and slightly further from the centre of the car than before. The newer model also had wrap-around bumpers that carried on a little further along the sides of the car. Early in 1956 a Mark VII M won the Monte Carlo rally paving the way for these big Jaguar sedans to play a leading part in British saloon car racing for the next few years.
This rare and wonderful Jaguar Special, known as “Wee Beastie”, was converted from a Jaguar Mark VII Saloon car into a special in c.1971, using the classic Jaguar 3.4 litre twin cam and twin SU carburetors. The coachwork, reminiscent of the earlier SS100 and other sporting models from the likes of Bentley, Lagonda and Invicta, was produced very nicely in aluminium and still presents very well today.
The “Wee Beastie” was owned by Mr. Jools Holland until around 2001 whereby it passed to the ownership of a Mr. Hindes who has maintained the car for the last 15 or so years. The Jaguar has been used for high days and holidays, and has proven to be the perfect companion for summer touring.
With its classic 1930s looks combined with a proven Jaguar engine and drivetrain, this is in many ways the ideal fun summer classic.