Custom ’61 Jaguar Comes With Mistress Amenities, Needs New Owner
When asked what special features he’d like added to his personal, custom 1961 Mk X, Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons didn’t request a souped-up engine, custom color or horn that played “God Save the Queen.”
What Lyons asked for first was one thing: electric rear windows, so he could have a cigarette while riding in the backseat — a custom Mrs. Lyons did not approve of.
That’s not to say Lyons’ signature sedan was without bells and whistles. Far from it.
His Mk X — one of the very first “Zenith” cars ever produced — was outfitted with a 3.8-liter, six-cylinder engine capable of hitting speeds of up to 120 MPH, a luxurious interior with leather trim, carpeted foot wells and walnut woodwork, flashy chrome bumpers and a vaned grill.
Lyons also asked that the backseat be equipped with airplane-style walnut seatback tables featuring angled mirrors that would “allow lady passengers to adjust their makeup.”
Can’t imagine Mrs. Lyons was too pleased with that part, either.
The special Mk X is hitting the block at the Silverstone Auctions’ Salon Privé Sale at Blenheim Palace in September, and is expected to fetch between $100,000 to $130,000.
They really don’t make ‘em like this one anymore.
Luckily, they do still make these.
Our Favorite Products Right Now