October 1956 the MK VIII was introduced.

The car had been modernised. A chrome beadin along the side was added, the radiato grille was different and a leaping cat was fitted, and the divided windscreen was replaced by a full width screen (a bit curved) The car had a (optional) two tone paint finish. The opening roof was standard. Inside ashtrays were fitted in the door panels and cigeretlighters in the door-pillars. Picknick tables and a magazine rack were added.

The engine was also modified: A "B" type head was fitted. This head has bigger valves. The power rrating was the same as the MKVII M, but a much better performance.

Most MKVIII were fitted with the Borg Warner automatic gearbox.

0-60 mph 11,3 secs
max speed 106 mph
A total of 6332 MKVIII were built (4644 rhd and 1688 lhd)