Lot 173 - 1968 Jaguar 340 Saloon to Mk. II Specification (3.8 litre, manual gearbox with overdrive)
|Odometer reading||90,050 miles|
|Estimate||£17,000 - £23,000|
The Jaguar Mk. II perhaps needs little introduction, especially to the Jaguar enthusiast or follower. Introduced in 1959 in 2.4 litre form, the Mk. II Saloon was somewhat underpowered and soon gained the larger 3.4 litre unit. As if this was not enough, the engine further gained capacity with growth to 3.8 litres that produced a healthy 220bhp. These 3.8 litre models are now the most sought after of the range and especially when they are fitted with the manual overdrive gearbox option.
Presented in Opalescent Silver, this 3.8 litre Jaguar started life in March 1968 as a 3.4 litre, 340 saloon with the benefit of the manual overdrive gearbox. It was first registered in Ireland before being repatriated and registered in the UK in September 1974. In 1987, it underwent an extensive rebuild by specialists in Germany and since then has had little use, with only 10,000 miles being covered since that restoration. At some time, prior to 2002, it gained a 3.8 litre engine and the larger Mk. II bumpers. Since 2002, this Jaguar has only been used during the summer months and, we are advised, it has always been garaged during this period. Since 2015, it has also benefitted from a rebuilt cylinder head, new oil filter spin off, new clutch and slave cylinder, new water pump, fan and a rebuilt radiator.
Our vendor who has fastidiously cared for this car which was already in stunning condition when he purchased it, has won Jaguar Drivers Club event awards since and has also treated the car to a new carpet set, stainless heat shield and exhaust and had the whole engine bay fully detailed.
The coachwork presents well with only a few minor blemishes, this is a testament to the standard of the restoration and recent ownership. The red leather interior is in fine condition as is the woodwork which is a prominent feature of the marque. A welcome additional benefit is the fully operating folding sunroof with wind deflector for those sunny days. With Mk. II values being somewhat buoyant in today's market place, this fine Jaguar is offered with a very reasonable and tempting estimate.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.