Jaguar MK5 Tyres
- The best crossply tyre for the Mark 5 is the 670 H 16 Dunlop RS5. This tyre will offer the best performance from any crossply, and is closest to the original equipment fitted in period.
- For a radial alternative we would suggest the 185 VR 16 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67 or the 185 SR 16 Michelin X.
- Both tyres are of great quality, offering top performance. The Pirelli's have the edge for sporty driving, and the Michelin's offer lighter handling and great value in terms of quality against price.
- The ideal inner tube for these tyres is the Michelin 16F inner tube.
Other Options for Jaguar MKV Tyres
History of the Jaguar MkV
Built between 1948-1951, the Jaguar Mark V was launched at the same time as the XK120 however, the Mark V vastly outsold the XK120 at 5000 cars per year compared to the XJ120's 2000 per year. While the XK120 had a new overhead-camshaft XK engine, the Mark V retained the 1936 driveline including the "Jaguar" overhead-valve pushrod straight-6 2½L and 3½L units.
There is some confusion as to why Jaguar decided to call it the MkV, as there was no MkI-IV (the MkI coming in 1955, MkII 1959 and its predecessor was only called the MkIV retrospectively). There is speculation that it is a homage to Bentley who built 11 of their own advanced Mark V saloons in 1939.
The wheels were 16-inch (410 mm) steel-disc type, significantly smaller than the 18-inch (460 mm) ones on the MkIV.