Lot 24 - 1966 Jaguar Mk.II 3.8 litre MoD

Lot 24 - 1966 Jaguar Mk.II 3.8 litre MoD

Lot 24 - 1966 Jaguar Mk.II 3.8 litre MoD

Lot Number 24
Registration PPP 804D
Chassis Number 235164DN
Engine Number LE 3725-8
Odometer reading 81,000 miles
Estimate £19,000 - £23,000
Result Sold - £21,512

The Jaguar Mk. II was a medium size saloon built from 1959 to 1967.  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.

The 3.8 litre 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 cars on the planet.

The car offered here was manufactured 8th June 1966 and transferred via Henlys of London to Henlys of Manchester in July 1966 from whence it was sold.  Presented in period Opalescent Golden Sand bodywork with contrasting Red leather interior, the car is currently fitted with period competition front seats trimmed to match the rear seats.  The original front seats which are in as new condition complete with picnic tables also accompany the car.

It is believed the car has covered approximately 81,000 miles from new and this is supported by MOT's going back to 1981 when the recorded mileage was 64,000.  The car has had 3 previous owners.  The second owner, Mr Charles Clifford bought 'PPP 804D' in 1981 and used it for club competitions and the car featured in this guise in the 1987 Jaguar factory calendar (a copy of which is also included with the Lot).  The car can also been seen in photos of the pits at JDC race meetings in Nigel Thorley's book ""Jaguar Mk.I & Mk.II; The Complete Companion"".

This much cared for Mk.II benefits from an uprated engine including a 9:1 compression ratio, 2"" HD8 SU carburettors, lightened flywheel, balanced crankshaft, Hayward & Scott uprated stainless steel exhaust system including tubular manifolds, electronic ignition and alternator conversion.  Uprated front and rear brake callipers, new disks and pads along with Electric power steering are also fitted.  The bulging history file includes receipts in the region of £20,000, the majority of which are with CKL Developments, the Jaguar specialists of Battle, East Sussex.

A Harvey Bailey handling kit is fitted along with new 6""x15"" chrome competition wire wheels shrouded by Avon CR6ZZ tyres added not more than 1000 miles ago.  Smaller steel 'Coombs style' rear spats have been fitted to accommodate the wider wheels.  In our opinion, this generates a more appealing profile view, and gives the impression of rapid movement, even at a standstill.

PPP 804D is as good as we've seen, and is attractively estimated given its condition and the insatiable appetite that remains for quality examples of these sought-after models.  The car comes with V5C registration documents, a complete original tool kit and fresh MoT certificate valid until November 2011.

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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