Lot 340 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.8 litre)

Lot 340 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.8 litre)

Lot 340 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.8 litre)

Lot Number 340
Registration 3404RH
Chassis Number 205548DN
Engine Number LC1703-8
Odometer reading 2,749 miles
Estimate £36,000 - £45,000
Result Sold - £49,280

The Jaguar Mk. II was a medium sized saloon built from 1959 to 1967 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 litre models. The Mk. II was handsome, powerful and 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 thus 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 fitted with the new Dunlop disc brakes all-round 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.2 has enjoyed great success on the 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 scored victories throughout saloon car races in the 60's 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.2 had seating for five adults and in 3.8 litre specification, could outrun almost any other car on the road. 

This fabulous example fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive was dispatched by Jaguar cars on the 6th July 1962 and first registered to Dr. N. Violle of Kingston upon Hull. At some point in the car's life it was exported to Australia, returning to the UK in a rust free condition in 2003 by Ken Jenkins of Jaguar Enthusiasts Club fame. The vendor purchased the car from him in 2009 as a restoration project. He then commissioned the well known Jaguar Mk.2 specialists, Flying Car Engineering, to carry out a total 'nut and bolt' restoration which took two years.  During this time, the body shell was dismantled and sent to Surface Processing (SPL) Limited for stripping and electrophoretic immersion coating with zinc phosphate for the ultimate rust protection, the car was then repainted in the original Jaguar colour of Indigo Blue with the underside finished in the body colour and stone chipped as originally specified. The interior was retrimmed in the correct Jaguar red to the highest standard by Suffolk & Turley Coachtrimmers, with fine attention to detail including the fitting of rare, correct front Reuters seats. Mechanically, the engine, gearbox and rear axle were rebuilt along with all the ancillary equipment, the petrol tank was replaced and the car rewired. As far as possible the restoration has been carried out to original specification but the following modifications have been made for modern road use; Vicarage power assisted steering, Kenlowe fan, uprated heater matrix, electronic ignition and a 1965, all synchromesh, gearbox. Supplied with a V5C registration document, new MoT test certificate, Heritage certificate and a complete photographic record of the restoration. This is a rare opportunity to purchase a Jaguar Mk.2 in concours condition which has covered less than 3,000 miles since the restoration.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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