By Maz Woolley
The latest release in the Atlas Jaguar Collection is a Jaguar Mark 10. I have deliberately written Mark 10, and not Mark X, because that is how Jaguar badged the car. A brand new unitary bodied car it owned little to the Mark IX which preceded it.
Gearbox options were manual, manual with overdrive, automatic, or automatic with overdrive. Many cars for the UK, and almost all cars destined for the vital North American markets, left the factory with a Borg Warner automatic gear-box. Brakes were power assisted disks all round, essential on such a heavy and fast car. Around 120 miles per hour was achievable which was faster than many contemporary sports cars. Power assisted steering was standard.
For such a scarce vehicle it has been widely modelled. The contemporary Matchbox model is arguably one of the best models Lesney made in the regular wheels series. The Husky made by Corgi for Woolworths was also a good model. In larger sizes the Dinky and Corgi models were excellent too. In France Norev made it in their 1:43 scale range of plastic models. The Norev model has made several re-appearances since under Norev label and as a partwork model.
White metal models have been made over the years, the Gems and Cobwebs GC10 for example, which is now rather dated. The current 1:43 scale resin model from Neo is probably the best model currently available. Atlas Jaguar models had, to date, appeared to be sourced from existing moulds already used in other series by PCT/Ixo but I cannot find any such predecessor in this case. The use of triangular inset screws on baseplate of car as well as holding it to the base suggests that the origin is probably PCT/Ixo. It may be that this mould will now be used to produce models for other ranges.
All in all this is a respectable model and is a welcome addition to the collection.
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