Lot 157: Jaguar Mk II 3.8
The 2.4 saloon of 1955 had been a major step for Jaguar, marking as it did the change from a coachbuilt chassis to one of unitary construction. It was a necessary move, however, Jaguar being aware that there was a strong market for a more compact saloon than the big Mk IX. Powered by a 2,482cc version of the superb twin cam straight six XK engine first seen in the XK120 (which had already seen four Le Mans victories), the 2.4 offered luxury, performance and value for money. Using coil spring/wishbone front and semi-elliptic spring rear suspension, it possessed fine road manners and proved a great success, both on and off the track, particularly when the Mk I, as it subsequently became known, became available with the 3.4 litre engine in February 1957. It was in October 1959 that the Mk II version appeared, making a good car even better. Similar in appearance but with a much larger glass area, it boasted a wider rear track to improve roadholding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll, and all round disc rather than drum brakes. This car, with the optional 3.8 litre 220 bhp engine was to be the ultimate Jaguar saloon. Naturally, performance was excellent, with a maximum speed of 125mph and a 0-60mph time 8.5 seconds. This original low mileage example was first registered on 13th December 1963 and now boasts just 2 owners. Comprehensively restored by Jaguar marque specialist Classic Coachbuilders which included repainting to the original specification in Golden Sand, the red interior fully re-trimmed with restored woodwork. The engine was rebuilt with a leadfree conversion to the head, and further subtle modifications include the fitment of a manual 5 speed gearbox and uprated braking system, air-conditioning, uprated heating, rear seat belts, uprated water pump, an aluminium radiator, zenon headlamps and radio/satnav/ipod unit making this Mk II very much a useable and drivable classic that offers modern creature comforts while keeping up with modern traffic conditions. Supplied with a host of bills dating from 1976, a Jaguar Heritage certificate, a V5C, the history file also contains a current MoT valid until March 2014, as well as old examples. Described by the vendor as being in 'concours/excellent' condition, this superb restored example has covered some 5,000 miles since restoration. The old Jaguar legend, 'pace, grace and space' is entirely appropriate in this instance.
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Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
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