|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||97,500 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 9th March 2013 Car - 09/03/2013 / 1963 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon / Lot 273
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 retrospectively known in later years. This sporting saloon, designed to fill the gap in Jaguar's range between the XK sports and 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. Supplied by Henlys of London, this delightful Jaguar 3.4 litre was first registered in March 1963. Subject to a restoration in 2006 taking some two years to complete, the engine was also converted to run on unleaded fuel at that time. Benefitting from power steering and automatic transmission, this Jaguar is finished in British racing green with a contrasting tan leather interior. Sitting proudly on chrome wire wheels, the car is described by the vendor as being "a delight" to drive and comes supplied with a V5 registration document and an MoT test certificate valid until September 2013. Mk. II prices have risen of late; looking at this one, it is easy to understand why.