1969 Jaguar 420 G For Sale


Price POA
Ad Type For Sale
Category Classic Cars
Make Jaguar
Model 420
Year 1969
Country United Kingdom
Region Surrey
Town Bisley
Telephone 07956 140722
Status Private
Ref C1344118
1696 Jaguar 420 G
The Jaguar 420 (pronounced "four-twenty") and its Daimler Sovereign equivalent were introduced at the October 1966 London Motor Show and produced for two years as the ultimate expression of a series of "compactsporting saloons" offered by Jaguar throughout that decade, all of which shared the same wheelbase. Developed from the Jaguar S-Type, the 420 cost around £200 more than that model and effectively ended buyer interest in it, although the S-Type continued to be sold alongside the 420/ Sovereign until both were supplanted by the Jaguar XJ6 late in 1968.
   The 420/ Sovereign traces its origins back to the Jaguar Mark 2, which was introduced in 1959 and sold through most of the 1960s. The Mark 2 had a live rear axle and was powered by the XK six-cylinder engine first used in the Jaguar XK120 of 1948. The Mark 2 was available in 2. 4, 3. 4 and 3. 8-litre engine capacities.
   In 1961 Jaguar launched two new models with the triple SU carburettorversion of the 3. 8-litre XK engine and independent rear suspension: the Mark X (pronounced "mark ten") saloon and the E-Type sports car. Both cars used versions of the Jaguar independent rear suspension system, the Mark X having a 58-inch (1, 500 mm) track and the E-Type a 50-inch (1, 300 mm) track. In 1965 the Mark X and E-Type were updated with a new 4. 2-litre version of the XK engine, still using triple carburettors.
   In 1963 Jaguar introduced the Jaguar S-Type as a development of the Mark 2. It used a new intermediate-width, 54-inch (1, 400 mm) version of the independent rear suspension in place of the live rear axle of the Mark 2. Other differences from the Mark 2 were extended rear bodywork to provide for a larger boot, a changed roofline for more rear seat passenger headroom, a slightly plusher interior and detail differences around the nose. The S-Type was available with either 3. 4 or 3. 8-litre XK engines (only 3. 8-litre in US) but in twin-carburettor form because the triple-carburettor setup would not readily fit into what was essentially still the Mark 2 engine bay.
   The 4. 2-litre XK engine of the 420/ Sovereign was fitted with the straight port cylinder head and 3/ 8-inch lift cams. Compression ratios of 7:1, 8:1 and 9:1 could be specified according to local fuel quality, the difference being obtained by varying the crown design of the pistons.[4] The engine was fed by just two carburettors and developed a claimed 245 bhp (183 kW; 248 PS) gross at 5, 500 rpm,[5] which was 20 bhp (15 kW; 20 PS) less than the triple-carburettor version in the 420G and E-Type. The maximum torque of the engine at 283 lb?ft (384 N?m) was virtually the same as that of the triple-carburettor version yet was achieved at 3, 750 rpm rather than 4, 000 rpm.
   A novel mechanical feature that the 420/ Sovereign shared with the 420G was Marles Varamatic power steering,[4] which was offered as an option on the 420 but was standard on the Sovereign. Built by Adwest Engineering Co Ltd of Reading, England, it was a "cam and roller" system in which the non-constant pitch of the cam resulted in a variable steering ratio, with the lowest gearing being at the straight ahead, rising rapidly to either lock. The rise in gearing (equivalent to a drop in ratio from 21. 6:1 to 13:1) occurred almost entirely within the first half turn of the steering wheel from the straight-ahead position. The effect was to give very light and relaxed steering at the straight ahead, with quick reaction when cornering. There was no adjustment in the behaviour of the steering in reaction to road speed. A very few of the last S-Types were similarly equipped.
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