Lot 184 - 1968 Jaguar Mk. II 340 Saloon
|Odometer reading||165 miles|
|Estimate||£25,000 - £30,000|
|Result||Sold - £32,450|
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 fine example is something a little different from the normal having benefitted from significant upgrades which warranted a three page write up in Jaguar World Monthly in December 2012. The owner of the car at the time, Peter Nichols, wanted a Mk. II that handled and went better than a standard car. Enter Paul Roach Jaguar who took this sorted Mk. II and gave it a new lease of life. Under the bonnet is a rebuilt 4.2 litre engine using many Rob Beere parts with a big valve cylinder head on RB14 cams and a fuel injection system.
Handling revisions have enabled the car the extra performance from the 4.2 litre engine. The handling is taken care of by selective dampers and a Harvey Bailey roll-bar; Jaguar three pot callipers on the front and a dual circuit braking system on the back bring everything to a halt. A 420 Marles Varamatic electric power steering system was fitted to free the engine from driving the original sluggish system and the steering column was replaced with a collapsible unit in case of an accident. On the dyno, power is noted at 221bhp which is a fall in power from the official quoted outputs but it is general consensus the official figures are misleading. With the injection system and mapped ignition power is available throughout the rev. range making the car so much more drivable. Power is fed through the original all synchromesh four-speed gearbox with overdrive. Further enhancements include an upgrade to the cooling system to a cross flow system ensuring the car runs cool at all times. The interior is finished in red and boasts Series III XJ6 seats which fit in well with the rest of the cabin. First registered on the 28th June, 1968, it is offered with a large history file including for work carried out and an MoT test certificate valid until November. Finished in British Racing Green, this car offers the charm and looks with the sophistication of a subtle engine and performance upgrades making this Mk. II a highly usable and tractable motor car.