Lot 667: 1963 Jaguar MkII Automatic Saloon
The 1956 launched Jaguar 2.4, followed by a 3.4-litre version, marked the first of a new generation of smaller, sports saloons from Jaguar to employ unitary construction for their body-shells. By 1959, however, a MkII version incorporating many revisions, most notably a wider rear track, thinner pillars and disc brakes, and with three engine options, was to make an even bigger impression with car buyers and owner-drivers in motor sport.
Manufactured at Jaguar�s Browns Lane factory forty-four years ago, this home market MkII Saloon with legendary 3.4 XK 6-cylinder engine, variable-type power-assisted steering and Borg Warner 3-speed automatic transmission, was first registered for the road on the 14th of March 1963. Changes from standard specification included chrome wire wheels and Reutter reclining front seats with picnic tables in wood fitted to the backs of both. An added steering lock and the radio would also appear to be items from the period.
We are advised that as a result of electrical fire damage the car was the subject of an insurance claim in 1994 since when it has been restored and returned to the road. The vendor tells us that the 4-door bodywork has been in receipt of a bare metal repaint in Jaguar Racing Green. An inspection will confirm that the condition of the tan leather, which is likely to be original, is particularly pleasing. The wood veneers have benefited from some re-finishing, while the headlining, furflex and carpets have been renewed.
Various invoices from Jaguar parts specialists give details of many items purchased for the most recent refurbishment work carried out during the last two years by a previous owner. We are advised that the automatic transmission fluid has been renewed and stainless steel exhaust components fitted earlier this year. Chassis and engine numbers as well as the 146 FJJ registration are all confirmed by a V5C. Historic Vehicle Tax Disc and 17 May dated MOT Test Certificate will both be valid until 2008. The 89,000 mileage displayed is most probably the genuine total from new for a well presented example of a relatively early MkII, which, with auto-shift, is well equipped to offer a stress-free and labour-saving driving experience in modern traffic.
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Bonhams, Olympia, London,
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