Lot 236 - 1960 Jaguar Mk. II Saloon
|£22,000 - £30,000
- Fully restored over a period of time
- Replacement engine completely rebuilt
- A very good reliable example
The Jaguar Mk. II was a medium size saloon built from 1959 to 1967 as a successor to the 2.4 and 3.4 Mk. I models. 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, the Mk. II boasted a wider track to improve road holding, together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll, and the new Dunlop disc brakes fitted all-round 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, therefore the Mk. II 3.8 litre has enjoyed great success on the track and can still be a very competitive historic race car.
This 1960 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8 litre was purchased by the current owner in 1995 as a restoration project. After many months of stripping down then removing all the paint and filler, he set about rebuilding the body shell. The vendor then carried out any repairs as necessary and fitted four new original Jaguar doors and metal rear wheel spats. The original colour was changed from grey to Old English White, the reassembly was started and mechanicals refitted. In the late 1990s work stopped and it went into storage, then twelve years ago it was taken to well-known classic Jaguar specialists based in Maidenhead who finished the assembly. They refitted the new red leather interior, adding to all the re-chromed bumpers and window frames etc. When new the car was supplied with an automatic gearbox which at some point has been replaced with a manual gearbox with overdrive, which was overhauled in 2013. Around the same time the engine was taken out again and completely rebuilt. When it was removed it was discovered that the 3.8 engine had been replaced with a 3.4 litre unit from a later Jaguar S-Type. The car has been fitted with electric power steering replacing the original fluid system. In 2020 the rear axle was removed and completely rebuilt, and at the same time it was fitted with new chrome wire wheels and tyres. This Jaguar Mk. II is supplied with a V5 registration document and a very large file containing information, invoices and some photographs of the restoration. This is a very good reliable example, perfect for historic rallies, Bicester Scrambles or just touring.
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