Lot 232 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.4 litre)
|Odometer reading||16,065 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £20,000|
The lineage of the Mk. II can be directly traced back to its predecessor, the 2.4 litre 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, 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 last owner purchased this Mk. II in August 1998, from the E-Type Centre in Warwickshire, and thoroughly enjoyed the use of this car for 15 years. The vendor then purchased this last year and had the car repainted in the classic silver, he also has had it fully serviced with new fan belts, ignition coil and new hoses. He also replaced the exhaust system with a new stainless steel system and fitted four new tyres. Supplied with the original red leather trim, this Jaguar is fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive and comes supplied with a V5C registration document, MoT test certificate valid until 30th July 2015 and a comprehensive history file. A fine example of this iconic classic Jaguar.
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.