Lot 116 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.8 litre)
|Estimate||£20,000 - £25,000|
- Manual gearbox with overdrive
- Many upgrades fitted
The Mk. II Jaguar, introduced in 1959, was a fast and capable saloon. It came with a 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8 litre XK engine. The 3.8 is similar to that used in the 3.8 E-Type but with one less SU carburettor. The 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre cars were fitted with twin SU HD6 carburettors and the 2.4 litre with twin Solex carburettors. Compared to the Mk. I, the appearance of the car was transformed by an increase of 18% in cabin glass area. The car was re-engineered above the waistline, slender front pillars allowed a wider windscreen and the rear window almost wrapped around to the enlarged side windows. The radiator grille was amended and larger side, tail and fog lamps repositioned. Inside a new heating system was fitted with ducted air to the rear compartment. There was an improved instrument layout that became standard for all Jaguar cars until the XJ series II. From its introduction the Jaguar Mk. II developed a strong following in many walks of life. With wonderful styling, a race-bred engine, four-wheel disc brakes and the ability to carry five passengers at great speed, the car proved to be a great success.
This lovely example has just been resprayed in the wonderful and nostalgic Old English White with a red leather interior. It is thought that it was first exported to South Africa and then brought back to the UK in 1989. The car is fitted with a power steering system by Vicarage, a new braking system with Cooper Craft lightweight calipers and new slightly lowered suspension with new shock absorbers. The engine was reconditioned by VSE, there is a new clutch, starter motor cooling radiator and an extra fan. An alternator and a stainless steel exhaust system has also been fitted together with a new heated rear window and an uprated windscreen wiper system. This car looks lovely and with its gleaming chrome spoked wheels and recent respray, this iconic British classic just keeps on giving!
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