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Lot 312: Jaguar Mk2 3.4-Litre Saloon

The Beaulieu Sale, Bonhams (7 September 2013)

One of the most readily recognised cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal Mk2 saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts. A progressive development of the Mk1 - Jaguar's first unitary-construction saloon - the Mk2 made its debut in October 1959. Slimmer windscreen pillars and deeper side windows greatly enlarged the Mk2's glass area, while the deletion of its predecessor's full-sized rear wheel spats allowed the rear track to be widened, a move which increased roll resistance and stability. Otherwise, running gear remained much the same as before, with independent front suspension by wishbones and coil springs, a leaf-sprung live rear axle and Dunlop servo-assisted disc brakes (optional at first on the Mk1 but standard from November 1957) on all four wheels. A redesigned dashboard, with speedometer and rev-counter ahead of the driver and minor gauges grouped in the centre, established Jaguar's layout for years to come. Transmission options were either a four-speed manual or Borg-Warner automatic gearbox, and when equipped with the former a 3.4-litre Mk2 was a genuine 120mph car, with the automatic version not far behind. A desirable manual/overdrive-equipped UK model, this 3.4-litre Mk2 is understood to be largely original and un-restored except for new sills and a repaint carried out in the early 1990s. The car had been stored for approximately 12 years prior to November 2008 when it was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Harrogate sale (Lot 662) while expired MoTs indicate only 8,000-or-so miles covered by three owners since 1983. Re-commissioned prior to sale in 2008, it benefits from overhauled brakes and an engine fully rebuilt earlier that year. The car has been kept in museum storage since acquisition and will require further re-commissioning before returning the road, while the engine, which was reinstalled only 200 miles ago, still requires running in. '882 XUK' is finished in Carmine Red with nicely patinated original navy blue leather interior, the latter re-carpeted and equipped with working Motorola radio. The vehicle is offered with sundry invoices, old-style logbook, original handbook, expired MoT (January 2009) and Swansea V5. Chromed wire wheels and Coombes-type rear spats are the only notified deviations from factory specification.

Lot Details
Auction The Beaulieu Sale
Bonhams, Hampshire, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number312
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£6000
Hammer Price (inc premium)£6900
Year1962
Condition rating2
Registration number
Mileage-
Chassis number159267DN
Engine numberKH 8522-8
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors