Lot 255 - 1966 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon (3.4 Litre)
|Odometer reading||75,317 miles|
|Estimate||£13,000 - £17,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,480|
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 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.
This Jaguar Mk. II was originally supplied by Henlys in London and immediately shipped to South Africa where she stayed until 1996. The late vendor purchased the car in November 1996 and has lovingly cherished her throughout his 20 years of ownership. The black coachwork is in very good order as is the chromework and red interior. The engine started immediately when requested and maintained a healthy oil pressure. Supplied with a V5C registration document, a current MoT test certificate and a history folder; this 3.4 Mk. II is fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive unit, resulting in a sporty, interesting car to drive. A very well cared for example, with style and comfort in abundance; it is remarkable to think this car is 50 years old.
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