Lot 245 - 1961 12947 MK.II 3.4 Litre

Lot 245 - 1961 12947 MK.II 3.4 Litre

Lot 245 - 1961 12947 MK.II 3.4 Litre

Lot Number 245
Registration 5520LJ
Chassis Number P156618BW
Engine Number KH1020-8
Odometer reading 15,850 miles
Estimate £11,000 - £14,000
Result Sold - £13,720

The lineage of the Mk. II can be directly traced back to its predecessor, the 2.4 saloon or Mk. I as it would be retrospectively known in later years. Traditional Jaguar buyers would not feel alienated by the new offering from Coventry however, as the interior was up to their usual standards with leather and walnut being the order of the day. With 112bhp available, 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 which was launched in 1957.  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, debuting in 1959. The chunky windscreen pillars of the early car were replaced by slimmer offerings giving a much more airy cabin which both improved the styling and freshened up the design for the new decade.

Originally registered in the UK on 1st November, 1961, this Jaguar Mk. II has been well cared for throughout its 50 years on the road. In 1984, 5520LJ was shipped to Illinois in the U.S. returning to the UK in 1990; the export and import papers are in the file, together with a number of receipts/invoices during the car's 'holiday abroad'. The current vendor purchased this Mk. II in August 1998 from the E-Type Centre in Warwickshire and has thoroughly enjoyed the use of this lovely car for the last 15 years. Unfortunately due to the vendor's poor health, the Jaguar has been used little of late and he has decided it is time for someone else to enjoy owning this delightful example. Finished in gunmetal with red leather trim, this Jaguar is fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive and comes supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate valid until 30th July 2014 and a comprehensive history file. A very useable iconic classic Jaguar and, given the estimate, offered at a realistic price.

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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