The original specification was quite basic, though Borg-Warner automatic transmission became optional from March 1953, and Laycock overdrive became available in January 1954.
Not only spacious, plush and supremely elegant, the Jaguar MkVII, was also easily capable of hitting speeds of over 100mph (161km/h) , despite weighing in at 1.85 tons (1676 kilo).
Apart from its good looks and strong technical features, even more attractive in those still austere post-war days was its price tag that represented exceedingly good value for such a luxurious, fast car when compared to rivals in its category.
Such was the extent of international following in Jaguars during the early Fifties that most of the cars that came off the production line went for export with UK deliveries only beginning in earnest in 1951.
Fitted with the 190bhp engine of the XK140, and a modified nose, which featured freestanding driving lamps on the front bumper, engine bay air intakes below the headlamps, and a wraparound rear bumper.
Both versions of the Jaguar MkVII were fast (not many saloon cars, of any nationality, could achieve 100mph in the mid-1950s), but they were also bulky and heavy on fuel.
Great value at the time, the Mk VIIs were built down to strict cost targets, which, in the long term, caused their bodies to rust badly, sadly ensuring that very few of the 30,000 models produced remain today.