Lot 197 - 1968 Jaguar 340

Lot 197 - 1968 Jaguar 340

Lot 197 - 1968 Jaguar 340

Lot Number 197
Registration WGU 117F
Chassis Number 1J51103
Engine Number 7J51216-8
Odometer reading 47,409 miles
Result Sold
  • Low mileage example
  • Stunning condition

Synonymous with the swinging 60s and the hit TV Series Inspector Morse, the Mk. II was undoubtedly the most admired Saloon to emanate from Jaguar's hallowed Browns Lane factory. Featuring notably slimmer roof pillars than its Mk. I predecessor, the immortal Mk. II was as airy on the inside as it was elegant on the outside. The interior was quintessentially British with its sumptuous leather-covered seats, polished wood facia and door cappings, extensive instrumentation and impressive row of auxiliary toggle switches. These cars punched well above their weight. Equipped with either a 3.4 or 3.8 litre engine, the Jaguar was capable of sprinting to 60mph in as little as 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph, small wonder that it was the first choice of both bank robbers and the police of the period!

This manual example is beautifully presented in Warwick Grey with Dark Blue Ambla interior, set off superbly by the chrome wire wheels. The odometer reads an astonishingly low mileage of 47,409 miles which appears to be correct given the large folder of old MoT test certificates and invoices for work accompanying the car, also present is the official, stamped Jaguar Heritage Certificate. From new, this Jaguar was fitted with the desirable full length Webasto sunroof and as well as a spare wire wheel it comes with the original and complete toolkit along with an original handbook. This stunning classic has undergone continuous restorative work including the replacement of all engine seals and gaskets with the engine removed and a new timing chain fitted, new gearbox and mounting assembly, new clutch assembly, replacement sub frame front mountings, all in November 2020. This car also had a complete paint refresh in 2021, and most recently underwent further work on the rear differential and a complete service. Offered to auction with a V5C registration document and although exempt by age an MoT test certificate valid until June 2023. Originally manufactured in 1968 and, we believe, registered in the Channel Islands before being brought to the UK in 1986, this magnificent Jaguar has been enjoyed buy its present owner who has decided to offer it for sale to simply reduce his portfolio of classic cars. Given the way the car drives and looks it's hard to believe that this classic Jaguar is 54 years old.

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. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. 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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