Lot 332 - 1960 Jaguar Mk. II (3.8 litre)
|Chassis Number||200907 BW|
|Engine Number||LA 4160-8|
|Odometer reading||99,405 miles|
|Estimate||£21,000 - £24,000|
|Result||Sold - £21,000|
The 2.4 saloon of 1955, retrospectively known as the Mk. I, had been a major step for Jaguar, marking the change from a coachbuilt chassis to one of unitary construction. It was a necessary move however, Jaguar being aware there was a strong market for a more compact saloon than the big Mk. IX. Powered by a 2,482cc version of the superb twin cam straight six XK engine, the 2.4 offered luxury, performance and value for money. Using coil spring/wishbone front and semi-elliptic spring rear suspension, it possessed fine road manners and proved a great success, both on and off the track, particularly when it became available with the 3.4 litre engine in February 1957. It was in October 1959 that the Mk. II version appeared, making a good car even better. Similar in appearance but with a much larger glass area, it boasted a wider rear track to improve road holding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all round disc rather than drum brakes. Engine options included the 120bhp 2.4 litre, the 210bhp 3.4 litre and, for the first time the 220bhp 3,781cc unit of the Mk. IX.
This handsome Jaguar has benefitted from an early life in Australia and was recently imported by the vendor who has applied for UK registration. This car presents extremely well in the classic colour combination of gunmetal grey metallic with a red interior. The fuel system, carburettors, fuel pump and brakes were all overhauled or replaced at a receipted cost of $14,000 in January 2018. The gearbox has been upgraded to an all synchro manual with overdrive. Offered to auction with the original maintenance and service books, a complete toolkit and Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate no. 62056. This Jaguar is a well cared for example with style and comfort in abundance.
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