Guide Price £12,000 to £14,000
The MKII is a simply gorgeous car – you will never see a design like this again. Employed by criminals and the police force, portrayed by the media in several ways, influenced the design of the renowned S-type, this car has left a legacy that will be hard to forget. We meet John who wants a new owner to grab that steering wheel and give it the love and attention it deserves.
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Recent Buyer Review – Simon Welsh on 1st May “Found my ideal 90’s sports car on Trade Classics. Living in Bournemouth and the car being in the Midlands I relied heavily on the advert, photos and videos.
On picking the car up I wasn’t disappointed. Everything was as it had been described. So I got straight into it and drove home. What a drive put a smile on my face.
Thanks very much, Trade Classics and I’m now looking out for my next classic to add to the collection.”.
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John has owned this car for an incredible thirty-seven years – wow, one month before our consigner Glyn was born (or so he tells us)! John was at a race day and noticed a speedy 3.8L example whizz round the track. He was instantly attracted to the shape and wanted to get one himself. The salesman who sold the MKII to John almost reluctantly sold it to people who wanted to slap an after-market V8 in there, but instead sold it to John who retained much of its originality.
We took John out in our ‘On the Road’ video – please watch. He talks about what work he did to the vehicle which will be talked about further down the listing.
Unfortunately, this beautiful time machine has been locked away for most of the last five years as he is getting older and believes now the time is right to find a new owner that will be able to love it as much as he did.
Please watch our ‘Exterior Review’ video as Glyn meticulously reviews the Jag. You notice that the car has been resprayed to red from its original maroon. Touches of chrome are the norm of cars in the sixties which result in touches of class. The leaping cat mascot has to be one of our favourites at Trade Classics. As always please review all videos and photos where none of the car is missed.
Wheels & Tyres
The tyres have a profile of 6.40/15. The rubber on the tyres is starting to perish due to being stood still the last few years. We would recommend the new owner replacing these and restoring the rust on the original wheels.
Upon our visual observation, we were really happy that no significant rot or rust has affected the sills, which have been treated by John. Overall the bodywork is in good condition. Some of the chrome on the rear window and bumper has some defects that can be easily remedied. On the offside rear door, there is some corrosion occurring along the bottom. Please review the videos and photos.
As mentioned earlier, John commissioned a respray to a beautiful red that is in overall good condition. There are some defects across the whole car as can be seen in the media file. The most notable defects is a cracking of the paint on the offside wing and a scratch along the nearside sill.
Glass and Trim
Both are in good condition across the car. Please review the videos and photos.
The Interior retains a lot of its originality – John has restored the carpets and headlining. The interior sets the car off nicely, from an impulsive exterior to a calming cream. The interior shows its 57 year old age. Please see our ‘Interior Review’ video.
Seats and Carpets
The carpets have been restored and are in good condition. Whereas, the leather seats retain their originality – no rips, but cracking is evident.
The wood dashboard looks to be original and screams vintage showing fair signs of use over the mileage.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Both look to be original and in good condition. The steering wheel comes with an overdrive feature situated beyond it.
Wow this machine was built fifty-seven years ago and is still running after being locked away for the last few years. This 2.4L comes with overdrive to ease efforts when you cruise. Unfortunately the car had a simple problem on our drive out, please see our ‘On the Road’ video where Glyn and John talk about the issue and to see the car drive. John has assured us he is going straight to the garage with it and any problem will be remedied for the new owner – it looks like a simple leads issue and John is getting it sorted now.
Engine and Gearbox
The car started on its third attempt on a very cold day, it settled into a smooth tick over. John rebuilt the engine himself some years ago adding new piston rings in the process. The gears are what you would expect of a car with this mileage. John has also replaced the clutch in his time of ownership.
Suspension and Brakes
There were no knocks or rattles on the drive out. Please watch the video to see the car accelerating, steering and stopping. Glyn mentions there is a slight squeak when braking but also talks about the smooth ride this car possesses.
As mentioned and seen in the video we encountered a small breakdown. Glyn who is a former army engineer noticed the car misfired as it stopped, had a look under the bonnet and realised the distributor leads were to blame. Before this the drive was pleasurable.
Electrics and Other
All electrics and gauges were working as they should. We didn’t catch this on video, however, Glyn describes everything you need to know in the video – please watch.
This car has had only one former keeper since John acquired the vehicle in 1982. Since then he carried out some restoration work and chose to respray the car in a preferred red in 1987. He rebuilt the engine during his ownership.
John has enjoyed this car for almost 30 years before it got locked away in 2011 but has since passed its most recent MOT in October 2019. Due to its breakdown during our visit, John has assured us he is going straight to the garage to fix any issues with the car and we will keep you updated.
The car comes with the original service booklet.
04.10.2019 – 71,850 (MOT)
27.06.2011 – 71,846 (MOT)
Current indicated mileage is 71,856 miles on 01/12/2019.
HPi Check Results
– HPi clear – Available on request.
If you are a driver that simply wants to enjoy a drive in a car that you have always had a soft spot for then this is the one. The new owner can feel rewarded by carrying out minor work that will allow this MKII to run without any issues.
We can see the new owner using this sparingly as a ‘pleasure-mobile’ taking it out at the weekends on dry days that will surely give anyone that satisfaction they’ve have been craving.
John has priced this car competitively and we would like to thank John for using our service. We cannot wait to find this beautiful Jaguar an owner that will care and adore it.
GLYN WILLIAM PARRY
This listing was written from information supplied by Glyn after meeting John, the owner and seller, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
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