S Type saloon
Jaguar S Type There was considerable demand for a more luxurious version of the compact saloon, and Lyons decided to combine the major improvements of the Mark X with the established features of the Mark 2. The result was the Jaguar S Type saloon introduced in 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre versions in September 1963.
These cars were similar to the Mark 2 in most dimensions and running gear, except that they now had the new independent rear suspension and extended rear bodywork (along similar lines as that of the big saloon) to give more room for luggage. The roofline was also changed slightly to increase headroom and the interior made more luxurious. The front of the S Type was tidied up and Mark X style slim bumpers were fitted.
The S Type proved to be a great success and soon after their introduction, the manual versions received a new all syncromesh gearbox to replace the rather basic unit that had served Jaguars so well since the XK120. This gearbox was also made available for the Mark 2 a little later