Lot 143 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.4 litre) MOD

Lot 143 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.4 litre) MOD

Lot 143 - 1961 Jaguar Mk. II (3.4 litre) MOD

Lot Number 143
Registration 98 PTG
Chassis Number 159861DN
Engine Number KH5097/8
Odometer reading 67,641 miles
Estimate £16,000 - £21,000
Result Sold - £13,440
  • Manual with overdrive
  • Desirable registration number

The Jaguar Mk. II was a medium size saloon built from 1959 to 1967 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 models, manufactured between 1957 and 1959.  The Mk. II was handsome, powerful and a 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 all-round disc rather than drum brakes. The 210bhp 3.4 litre engine variant proved to be the most popular, offering the best compromise between performance and economy.  Naturally, the performance was excellent, and the Mk. II has enjoyed great success on 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 has 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 too; used by John Thaw as the fictional crime-fighting character Inspector Morse in the 1980s television show of the same name.

Originally registered on the 1st June 1962 and presented in grey with contrasting blood red trim showing a lovely patina this Mk. II is privately owned. This example is described by the vendor as driving very well with the perfectly balanced 3.4 litre engine combining with the manual Moss gearbox with optional overdrive. Supplied with a current V5C registration document it also benefits from having a desirable registration number of 98 PTG which is included with the sale of the car, together with a good history file.

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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