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1963 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 (Manual)

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  • Mileage~94,600
  • TransmissionManual
  • Engine3.8L
  • LocationTenterden


1963 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 (Manual)

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Alan Stuart
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Providing class, comfort, and a very capable 3.8L in-line six engine, the Jaguar Mk2 3.8 is a venerable classic that represents true British motoring heritage.

Produced between 1959 and 1967 the Jaguar Mk2 was manufactured here on home turf in Coventry, England. Powered by the capable and reliable 3.8L six cylinder XK engine, similar to those used in the early E-Types, the Mk2 offers plentiful performance as well as a classy and luxurious cabin for its occupants.

This particular example comes to us from five years ownership, and the car has recently had ~£3,000 on having the cylinder head rebuilt with hardened valve seats and guides. It comes with a current MOT valid until 06.11.2023, it also comes with the Jaguar heritage certificate showing the car as a home market 3.8 with manual and overdrive gearbox. With just 6 former keepers registered, first registered in Carlisle, it's a great example of this popular British saloon.

This auction listing was written from information supplied by Alan after meeting Stephen the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

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Meet the owner

Having wanted one since I was a teenager, I think the Mk2 is one of the coolest cars from the ‘60s, it just oozes charisma!

Stephen has been a fan of the Jaguar Mk2 since his youth, seeing it as somewhat of a poster car since his teenage years. Fortunately he has been lucky enough to have spent the last twenty years owning Mk2’s, first a 3.4 and most recently his 3.8, so Stephen is no stranger to the Jaguar Mk2 platform.

When speaking to Stephen it’s clear to see how passionate he is, the Mk2 3.8 represents a very nostalgic experience for him and one he’s not eager to give up - however with a house move looming and limited space at his new residence, he’s put this car up for auction with us. Recently he's has significant work completed on the head meaning it runs on unleaded fuels, and a current MOT valid until 06.11.2023. He'll be happy to answer any questions about the car in the comments section below.

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The dark green paintwork compliments the sweeping lines of the bodywork wonderfully, creating an aura of class unlike many others.

Wheels and Tyres

Fitted with wire spoke chrome wheels that compliment the style of the car beautifully, these items are overall in good condition with no visible damage to any of the spokes or lips. There is some minor pitting present on the inner lip of the wheels, but this is only minor and doesn’t largely impact on the appearance of the wheels whatsoever.

The wheels are fitted with Kumho Power Star 758 tyres which are DOT marked for the year 2000. These tyres are showing their age in the form of some cracking to the sidewalls, view the images to see the detail.


The bodywork of Stephens Mk2 is generally in good condition, with no dents, damage, or misaligned panels to speak of. There is very minor evidence of previous bodywork repair around the top of the boot, however this is not out of place for a car of this age. Otherwise the bodywork is all in good condition.

We've highlighted in more detail our observations through our high resolution images and videos, so please take time to look through all the media files for a detailed view at what’s on offer, and for you to assess the condition of the car for yourselves.


This car looks great in a dark green, it's been painted in the past, the original colour being a slightly different shade, noted as "Opalescent Dark Green".

In general, the paint looks good, you'll notice some areas that have been repainted over the years and there is some minor blistering present on some panels and a couple of areas where the colour match is not perfect in direct sunlight.

Again, we have taken high resolution images and videos of the car for you to assess the condition of the bodywork for yourselves. The images are taken from a few different angles to show off the car as you would see it if you were standing there for yourselves. So please take the time to fully assess these high resolution images and videos of the car, for you to make up your own minds about the condition of the paint.

Glass and Trim

The glass on the car appears to be in great condition, with no evidence of chips, cracks, or scratches present on any of the panes around the vehicle.

Likewise the surrounding trims are in fairly good condition, however the chrome work is beginning to suffer from some pitting and some areas like the rear bumper would need to be re-chromed in order to make it perfect again.


The classy and elegant design of the Mk2’s interior is a jump back in time, with real leather upholstery and burl wood trim, and a luxurious cabin space.

Seats and Carpets

The "Suede Green" leather upholstery looks to be in quite good condition, with the front two seats showing little more than age related patina and no real damage. The rear bench seat however does show some minor damage as can be seen in our images and videos.

The carpets all look to be in good condition for their age, with no signs of heavy wear or threadbare areas, and the floor underneath is all dry too.


The burl wood dashboard is in good condition, with no major signs of delamination that these cars can suffer from. All switchgear is present and correct too, however there is some minor delamination on the rear passenger door trim under the quarter light.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick

The steering wheel and gearstick both look to be in good condition, with the rim of the steering wheel being undamaged and likewise the gear stick does not present any obvious signs of damage either.


Powered by the ~220BHP 3.8L engine, widely regarded as ‘bulletproof’, this engine offers all the performance you could want from the Mk2.

Engine and Gearbox

The 3.8L in-line six engine produces ~220BHP, a very impressive figure for the 60s, and has stood the test of time and offers admirable performance even by today's standards. The engine starts on the button from cold, as can be seen in our "On The Road" video, and drives wonderfully, pulling well throughout the gears - of which it has four, as well as the desirable "Overdrive" feature.

The engine also benefits from having had the cylinder head rebuilt with hardened valve seats and guides less than 100 miles ago by current owner Stephen at a cost of ~£3,000.

Suspension and Brakes

The suspension provides a comfortable ride, absorbing bumps with ease while still handling nicely through the corners. We did not hear any suspicious knocks or noises during our time on the road with the vehicle and you can listen for yourself when watching our "On The Road" video. Likewise the brakes perform well, bringing the car to a stop without issue or hesitation.

The Drive

As you would expect from the 3.8L Mk2 the car offers a sensational drive, with plenty of power under your foot and a comfortable and classy interior, the Mk2 offers a driving experience unlike many others.

Electrics and Other

The electrical systems on the car all work as expected and Stephen tells us he has had no electrical problems in his five years of ownership either. There is a slight crack to the nearside rear light cluster, however this does not affect its functionality.

History and Paperwork

Having had major engine works less than 100 miles ago and the backing of the Jaguar heritage certificate in its dossier this Mk2 is perfect for enthusiast, restorer, or collector alike.

With Stephen's careful ownership over the last five years, and the Jaguar heritage certificate confirming originality, this Jaguar Mk2 3.8L is a well presented example that offers an opportunity to own an iconic piece of British motoring history, the car has a current MOT too.

We’ve done all our usual seller checks including photo ID, V5 and also actioned a HPi check on the vehicle.

We've summarised our own view on the car based on information gained from the seller in the listing above, however, and as you can see, we go to great lengths to photograph and video the car in high resolution detail - this has been done for you to make your own assessment from the comfort of your sofa. So please sit back, have a cuppa and take your time to review everything on this listing in order to make your own assessment on the vehicle's condition. Viewings are also welcomed with all our listings, so please get in touch with us to arrange a suitable time - we just need to speak to you first and receive a valid photo ID before confirming.

If there's anything you're unsure about, no matter how small, then please first ask the owner in the comments area below before placing your bid/s, as bids can't be retracted and form a binding contract if you win the car - just like a traditional auction house.

Service History
Date Type Mileage
07.11.2022 MOT 94,705
14.07.2020 MOT 94,565
13.06.2017 MOT 94,447
31.10.2006 MOT 93,947
Key Details
  • ModelMk2 3.8
  • TransmissionManual
  • Reg. Date01.09.1963
  • CC3,781
  • Mileage~94,600
  • ColourDark Green
  • Interior ColourSuede Green
  • Interior TrimLeather
  • Chassis #231461DN
  • Engine #LC7759-8
  • Engine RebuildCylinder Head (~100 miles)
  • MOTYes Valid Until 06.11.2023
  • MOT ExemptYes
  • Road Tax ExemptYes
  • HPi ClearYes
  • Former Keepers6
  • Tyre TreadGood
  • Tyre BrandKumho
  • Tyre Age~22 years (DOT 1400)
  • VisitedYes
  • Sale TypePrivate
  • Owned~5 Years
  • Key Feature3.8 manual with overdrive
  • Auction ID539529

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7 months ago

it looks like the car has quite a bit of white microblistering to the tops of the front wings and scuttle area and some on the roof. Is this the case Thanks


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