The Mark IX was popular as a ceremonial car for state dignitaries. When Charles de Gaulle paid a state visit to Canada in 1960, the official cars for the motorcade were Mark IX Jaguars, rather than Cadillacs or Lincolns. The English Queen Mother had a Mark VII Jaguar which was progressively upgraded to be externally identical to the later Mark IX. The Mark IX was the first production Jaguar to offer four-wheel servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes and recirculating ball power steering, which were now standard equipment. This car’s first owner bought it from Jaguar main agents Brown’s of Bath in March 1959. It spent its first six years in Portishead, Somerset. The car’s next three years were spent back in Bath before being sold to its third owner in Trowbridge, Wiltshire. It spent four years there before being bought to Bradford in 1978. That owner made a cherished number plate transfer to OKU9 in December of that year.
The buff logbook system ended to be replaced by the computer V5 system. But work receipts show the car to be owned in Leeds in 1986 and then by Sir Anthony Joliffe, a former Lord Mayor of London, from January 1988. Sir Anthony housed a private motor museum at his Chartridge, Buckinghamshire estate. This was to be the first collector to exhibit rather than drive the car. A set of saved valuation and MOT certificates starts with a May 1978-issued MOT certificate at 46,641. Sir Anthony’s last work receipt held is dated January 1992. The history is picked up again in 1999 with another “investment” owner, in the Republic of Ireland. After six years, the car was transferred to a third owner who transferred the car to the current keeper.
The car has been extensively mechanically and bodily restored with over £3,000 spent over the past few months by the current owner, a retired Metropolitan Police Traffic & Transport Officer, also a Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club member since 2014. The two-tone walnut veneer is un-blistered with no cracks to the varnish. The trimmed original style carpets and underlay have been replaced by original factory-supplied style in original Sage Green.
The car’s original toolkits are situated in push button fold down drawers in passenger and drivers’ doors. Original wheel brace and jack are housed in correct boot clips and it comes with its original driver’s handbook. Correct boot mat, Hardura boot covers, and spare wheel cover, all keys are correct and believed to be an original set. There was also and extensive refurbishment of the original bench leathers in Jaguar Suede Green. A wonderful example in great condition and not to be missed.