By Maz Woolley
The latest model in the Atlas Jaguar Collection is a Jaguar Mark I, though of course it wasn’t called that until the Mark II was launched. The model is to 1:43 scale and is believed to be diecast by Ixo in China for Atlas. The Mark I can be identified by having full wheel covers over the rear wheels not the cutaway items on the Mark II. The Mark I was introduced in 1956 and was produced until the Mark II replaced it in 1959. Initially only available with a 2.4 Litre engine a 3.4 Litre option was added in 1957.
The Mark I has been modelled by Neo in resin, and of course it was one of the first Corgi Toys made too. But the Mark II is much more widely modelled and has already been seen in the Atlas Jaguar Collection. I would have liked to see the Mark I modelled as an early car with the different radiator shell but the car is modelled as 1958 car which had the revised shell which was carried forward to the Mark II.
Overall this is a good budget model with lots of separate parts for lights, grille, and leaper as well as boot handle. The inset windows have frames which appear to be a little too thick but they are flush fitting. The interior has a neatly printed dashboard and wood effect trim.
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