|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||77,500 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 25th September 2010 Car - 25/09/2010 / 1966 Jaguar Mk.II 3.8 Litre, Manual / Lot 60
The Jaguar Mk.II was a medium size saloon built from 1959 to 1967 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 models, manufactured between 1957 and 1959. The Mk.II was handsome, powerful and a good handling saloon which was offered with a choice of three six-cylinder twin cam engines, 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8 litre. The 3.8 unit used for the Mk.II was similar to the 3.8 E-Type unit having the same block, crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons but different inlet manifold and carburetion, twin SU's instead of three on the European specification E-Type with 30bhp less as a result. The head of the six cylinder engine in the Mk.II had curved ports compared to the straight ports of the E-Type. The Mk.II 3.8 litre is a quick car even by today's standards. The engine produced 220bhp and was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds and could reach a top speed of 125mph. Therefore when the car was new, it was unquestionably one of, if not the fastest, saloon car on the planet. The Mk.II has enjoyed great success on track and can still be a very competitive historic race car. Campaigned by all the top drivers of the day including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and Michael Parkes, the Mk.II scored victories throughout saloon car races in the sixties and was also raced across Europe in the Tour De France and Monte Carlo rally. Furthermore, MK.II's gained an infamous reputation as a capable 'getaway car' among the criminal underworld and the police also used them as motorway patrol cars. These capable and robust Jaguars had seating for five adults and in 3.8 litre specification could outrun almost any other car on the road. The car on offer today was built in 1966 and is finished in attractive Metallic Grey coachwork, sits on MWS wire wheels and sports a contrasting red leather interior. An original 3.8 litre car with manual transmission and overdrive, this car boasts the most desirable specification. Also, being a 1966 car, the gearbox in these later models are the Jaguar all-synchromesh units returning a smoother ride. For sale with a current MoT road test certificate, V5C Registration Certificate and a small history file this pleasingly original 3.8 Mk.II is a tempting opportunity to own the most desirable Mk.II variant at an affordable price and representing sound future investment.