Lot 253 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.8 Litre MOD)

Lot 253 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.8 Litre MOD)

Lot 253 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.8 Litre MOD)

Lot Number 253
Registration 110 BXL
Chassis Number P203377BW
Engine Number LB1489/8
Odometer reading 72,719 miles
Estimate £20,000 - £25,000

The Mk. II was a handsome, powerful and good handling saloon which was offered with a choice of three six-cylinder twin cam engines; 2.4 litre, 3.4 litre or 3.8 litre. After the appreciation of the Mk. I, Jaguar's successor was well received making a good car even better. Similar in appearance, but with a bigger glass area, it boasted a wider track to improve road holding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and fitted with the new Dunlop disc brakes all-round rather than drum brakes. Naturally, the performance was excellent and the Mk. II enjoyed great success on the track and can still be a very competitive historic race car. Raced by all the top drivers of the day including Graham Hill, Roy Salvadori and Michael Parkes, the Mk. II scored victories throughout saloon car races in the sixties and was also raced across Europe in the Tour De France and Monte Carlo rally. The car also gained a reputation as a capable 'getaway car' among the criminal underworld. The Mk. II had seating for five adults and in 3.8 litre specification could outrun almost any other car on the road. Conversely, the Jaguar Mk. II received acclaim amongst law enforcement agencies too; used by John Thaw as the fictional crime-fighting character Inspector Morse in the 1980's.

This lovely example of the much sought after 3.8 litre manual with overdrive Mk. II is presented in navy blue with red leather trim; arguably the best combination for any Mk. II especially when offered with the desirable 3.8 litre engine and manual gearbox with overdrive. First registered on 8th March 1961, this example has been part of a large private collection and continually maintained since ownership by his personal mechanic. When not in use, this Jaguar, together with the rest of his collection, is housed in a Carcoon and shielded from the elements.

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.

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