Hey everyone! another week has come and past at our shop, which means its time for our weekly article. This week I’m going to be talking to you guys about our most recent restoration project, a 1953 Jaguar Mark VII. The Jaguar Mark VII is one piece of fine European engineering. We are very lucky to be fortunate enough to have one to restore and make beautiful again.
The 1953 Jaguar Mark VII was an exceptional feat in European vehicle engineering at the time. With a top speed of 101 MPH and an acceleration of 0-60 in 13.7 seconds it also achieved 17.6 miles per gallon. The chassis Is much like its predecessor the Mark V with a more streamline and updated body. It also traded in the push-rod engine for a XK engine (first introduced in the 1948 Jaguar XK120).
Jaguar is brand that almost everyone is familiar with. the name is a staple of the automotive industry. Jaguar’s business was founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, They originally made motor cycle sidecars. The company’s name was changed from S. S. Cars to Jaguar Cars in 1945. A merger with the British Motor Corporation followed in 1966. They are now currently owned by Tata Motors.
We’re currently in the midst of restoring our Jaguar as we speak. It is a beautiful forest green with all original chrome. The physical shape of the car is great. Our Jag has virtually no rust and a solid frame. Gary originally worked on this car 25 years ago. The owner had contacted him to sell it and Gary took the opportunity to buy it himself. With 60,000 miles on the engine it was necessary to do a cleaned up. The original 4 speed moss-box transmission will stay. The Interior is receiving a full overhaul, and will be replaced with all original and era-courteous materials; Burl Walnut, Weston wool and of course genuine leather. I will be following up on in “This week in the Shop” frequently while working on this amazing car.
As we were busy working on it we found this interesting artifact; A leather key fob from Marley Motors. Gary put it in leather conditioner and upon being able to read it we learned Marley Motors was a dealer in British cars from Hillsgrove Rhode Island. Here’s the real kicker the key fob is so old that the phone number is 1-2350 I contacted a gentleman who specializes in classic Studebaker dealerships like Marley Motors. He couldn’t give me much information other than a few ads. We found that Marley Motors was apparently alive in 1950, but they didn’t advertise what cars they sold. The 1951 sales year was important for Studebaker and many new dealers were acquired then. It’s possible Marley decided on a franchise then. After 1965, many dealers decided to drop Studebaker as by then the future of Studebaker was obvious. This could be why it was so hard to research Marley Motors.
I’d also like to notify and or remind you that “The Austin Healey Club of New England” is going to be celebrating its 20th anniversary annual “Summit” event at the beautiful Berkshire Mountains located in Western Massachusetts. Sports Car Services will be returning as an official sponsor and the event will be located at the “the Jiminy Peak Resort”. The Roll Back in Time Sock Hop and Dinner with guest DJ Wolfman Steve will be your entertainment and rooms are $125 a night excluding taxes. You’ll be staying at the Country Inn with a one-bedroom suite with double occupancy and breakfast included. Two bedroom condos for $169 and Three bedroom condos for $229, including breakfast, are also available. All Austin Healey club members are encouraged to participate in this annual event. Call 413-738-5500 to make your reservations and mention the “Austin Healey Summit 2017” to get the special rates.