Lot 251 - 1967 Jaguar MK. II Saloon
|Odometer reading||43 miles|
|Estimate||£39,000 - £46,000|
|Result||Sold - £49,280|
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.
Offered here we have one man's interpretation of the best Mk. II Jaguar money can buy or, in his case, build. A base 3.4 litre manual with overdrive was sourced which, in itself, was a good car but destined to be completely nut and bolt restored to become the show standard example we have today. In addition to any welding and a full bare-metal repaint in gun metal grey to a beautiful flawless finish, the engine was stripped with the block steam cleaned and new piston rings and core plugs fitted. The bores honed with new timing chains and all new valves on the cylinder head as such with just 43 miles on the clock since the restoration, this Mk. II is still on running in oil, which will require replacing after the initial 500 miles.
The list of new components is exhaustive but some of the highlights and upgrades include; electronic front brakes with twin pot front brake callipers and uprated front and rear road springs with adjustable gas shock absorbers for modern handling, new Pilkington front and rear glass and chrome work, electronic power steering, Kenlow fan and a straight through stainless steel exhaust for frankly a beautiful sound. Inside the interior is all new from the woodwork to the fully re-trimmed electric seats, all new centre console instruments and switches with a modern but very well installed stereo giving any new owner modern comfort whilst retaining that 60's feel.
This car has been comprehensively restored over a four year period in a fully equipped workshop with the best parts available, all the work being carried out by experienced Jaguar mechanics and the results are spectacular. The rumoured bill for the work, which excludes much of the man hours involved, was £55,000 alone, so this represents a fabulous opportunity to own what can safely be described as one of the best examples that can be found today and viewing is highly recommended.
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