This was the first year Jaguar used the Mark II designation for its small, high-powered six-cylinder sedan, although stylistically the car had been on the market for several years as the 2.4 and 3.4 sedans. The car came with either a 3.4-liter six or a more powerful 3.8-liter six. The latter, with 220 horsepower, propelled the car from zero to 60 mph in 8.5 seconds, with a top speed of around 125 mph. An overdrive transmission was standard; an automatic, optional. Also optional was a 265-horsepower S-version of the 3.8-liter engine that made the car go even faster. Standard equipment included four-wheel disc brakes, a tachometer and a limited-slip differential. The inside was trimmed in walnut and leather. Total Jaguar production for the 1960 model year was 26,000, with 4,934 exported to the United States.

THE SPECS

Price $4,765

Engine 3.8-liter overhead-valve six-cylinder

Horsepower 220 at 5,500 rpm

Wheelbase 107.4 inches

Overall length 180.75 inches

Seating capacity 5

HISTORICAL FACTS

Year 1960

President Dwight D. Eisenhower

Median family income $5,620

Dow Jones industrial average (year-end) 615.88

Academy Award movie "The Apartment"

Milestone One passenger car for

every three Americans