Lot 322 - 1968 Jaguar 340 Saloon (3.4 litre)
|Odometer reading||44,000 miles|
|Estimate||£15,000 - £20,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,480|
The Jaguar Mk. II was built from 1959 to 1969 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 litre models which were manufactured between 1957 and 1959. It was a 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 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. 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.
Presented in Royal Blue with a contrasting red leather interior, this extremely well built and well prepared example has much to commend it. Originally delivered to Kellogg Co. as a company car, its history, since then, is well documented in the accompanying extensive file. It was fully restored by the previous owner in 2012 to include a new five-speed gearbox conversion from the original automatic unit. The engine has also been expertly tuned and it benefits from the addition of power-assisted steering. Coopercraft brakes can be found on all four corners alongside chrome wire wheels, uprated springs and a stainless steel exhaust. Other sensible upgrades include a Kenlowe fan under the bonnet and a modern, heated rear windscreen to the rear. Complete with Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and a recent 12 month MoT test certificate, this fine example optimises the marque and represents very good value for money.