|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||91,663 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 1st June 2013 Car - 01/06/2013 / 1968 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.4 litre) / Lot 403
The lineage of the Mk. II can be directly traced back to its predecessor, the 2.4 saloon, or Mk. I as it would come to be known in later years. This sporting saloon, designed to fill the gap in Jaguar's range between the XK sports and the voluminous Mk. VII, entered the market in 1956. Power came from the legendary XK straight six, twin cam engine in 2483cc form. The 2.4 was notable as being a complete break away from the previous designs of (Sir) William Lyons and Co., and was their first foray into the modern world of monocoque construction. Traditional Jaguar buyers would not feel alienated by the new offering from Coventry however, as the interior was still up to their usual standards with leather and walnut being the order of the day. With 112bhp available to the press-on motorist, the '2.4' was not overly burdened with pace so Jaguar's response was to come in the shape of a 3.4 litre version launched in 1957 to supplement its smaller brother. As a result, 120mph was a genuinely achievable pace necessitating the introduction of disc brakes a year later to keep speeds in check. Rather than introduce a completely brand new car, Jaguar successfully re-designed the car from stem to stern and the Mk.II was born. This 1968 Jaguar Mk. II fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive has been with the last owner for ten years. This very original, rust free car is reported to be running and driving well and is finished in old English white with black leather interior. The car comes supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2014 and the original handbook. We are told that there is more history to follow which we should have by the time of the sale. With prices for good Jaguar Mk.II's on the increase, this car would make a sound investment.