Lot 48 - 1965 Jaguar Mk.II 3.4 MoD

Lot 48 - 1965 Jaguar Mk.II 3.4 MoD

Lot 48 - 1965 Jaguar Mk.II 3.4 MoD

Lot Number 48
Registration DHY 743C
Chassis Number 149447DN
Engine Number KJ77548
Odometer reading 6,985 miles
Estimate £9,000 - £11,000

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 litre, 3.4 litre or 3.8 litre.

After the appreciation of the MK.I, Jaguar's successor was well received making a good car even better.  Similar in appearance, but with a bigger glass area, it boasted a wider track to improve road holding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all-round disc rather than drum brakes.

The 210bhp 3.4 litre engine variant proved to be the most popular, offering the best compromise between performance and economy.  Naturally, the performance was excellent and the Mk.II has enjoyed great success on track and can still be a very competitive historic race car.  Raced by all the top drivers of the day including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and Michael Parkes, the Mk.II has scored victories throughout saloon car races in the sixties and was also raced across Europe in the Tour De France and Monte Carlo rally.

The car also gained a reputation as a capable 'getaway car' among the criminal underworld.  The Mk.II had seating for five adults and in 3.8 litre specification could outrun almost any other car on the road.  Conversely, the Jaguar Mk.II received acclaim amongst law enforcement too; used by John Thaw as the fictional crime-fighting character Inspector Morse in the 1980's television show of the same name.

The car on offer today was built in 1965 and is finished in Gold Sand coachwork with complimenting Tan leather interior.  First sold to an engineer, this original 3.4 litre car with manual transmission and overdrive has been in the ownership of the vendor since 1984.  Having been waxoyled from new, the owner retains a healthy History File detailing the works that the car has received over the years.

Jaguar Specialist, Ken Bell, rebuilt the engine of DHY 743C in 2004, completing in the process a conversion to allow the car to run on unleaded fuel.  The car has also been fitted with a new clutch assembly, brakes, petrol pump, rear shock absorbers and exhaust system in recent years.  Some small attention has been given to the paintwork in order to keep the presentation of the car to the excellent standard she is offered today.

Complete with MoT test certificate, V5 registration document as well as a whole host of MoT's (some back as far as 1986), this iconic Jaguar is on the button and ready to be enjoyed by the successful bidder.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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