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The MK2 (Mark 2) Jaguar was produced from 1959 to 1967. Following on from Sir Williams Lyons famous advertising slogan of “Grace, pace and space“. It came in three engine variants; the 2.4L, 3.4L and the 3.8L. All of the engines were straight sixes, with variations in the carburation and manifolds.
The MK2 featured some subtle yet significant changes to the body of the car. A variety of changes that included slimmer pillars all around the car and larger windows all around, resulted in an 18% increase in the visibility/glass in the car. This really paid tribute to the aforementioned slogan.
This particular example is the 3.4L variant with a manual gearbox featuring the overdrive option. Wearing its original registration plate, this car has travelled the world and come back home to the UK some years ago.
Graeme is a bit of a petrolhead, and loves the classic races and rally’s, having been to see Millie Miglia with friends for example. He has owned this striking MK2 for 4 years now, having bought it as a legacy in memory of his parents.
In his ownership of the car, Graeme has been an active member of the local classic Jaguar club, and has regularly taken the cars to shows. It’s won a few awards in its time both here in the UK under Graeme’s ownership and with the previous owners abroad.
In terms of maintenance, Graeme has ensured the car has been well looked after in his stewardship, using a local “Jag man” used by the local classic Jaguar club for any work required.
The time has come for Graeme to sell the car now, his wife suffers from anxiety and so no longer travels with Graeme in the MK2. Going to shows with the car just isn’t the same anymore on his own, and so as a result Graeme is looking for the car to go to a new home where it will be used and enjoyed like he did in his first years of ownership.
Finished in the original colour of Opalescent Golden Sand, this MK2 captures your attention immediately. The paintwork really is quite stunning, and the chrome matches too. There are some blemishes which have been called out below, but you cannot deny that this colour really makes the car stand out from the crowd.
Wheels & Tyres
The car sits on some very very nice steel wire wheels. These have been kept in superb condition, with both the wire spokes and knock off centres not showing any signs of fading.
Take a look at the extensive video review we have compiled to detail the bodywork. Overall the bodywork is in really good condition, with the exception of both rear doors having some bubbling on the exterior, bottom front corners. Other than that, the shut lines across the car look good, and there were no dents that were noticed.
What a colour for this car to be finished in. We cosigned the car on a hot sunny day, and looking over the car from all angles the paintwork looked great with a consistent colour across the car. There are a couple of stone chips on the front of the car, and scratches to the surface of the sills on both sides. These are not readily visible, only on closer inspection due to the colour of the car.
Glass and Trim
The chrome trim across the car looks to have been refreshed in its recent life. This includes all of the trim; bumpers, door handles, chrome windows, wire wheels. The quality of the chrome really makes the car shine, take a look at the video review to see for yourself.
Finished in red leather with matching red carpets, the interior looks incredibly smart. The wood work also looks very fresh. The cars interior has been restored at somepoint in its life, at which time the interior colour was changed from tan to red.
Seats and Carpets
Seats and carpets are in great condition, finished red on red. The cabin is a lovely place to be, take a look at the video review of the interior.
A really lovely finish on the dash. The wood looks in great condition, and all of the dials look deep in colour. The blacks look dark, and the whites looks very sharp with the glass coverings not showing any discolouration. All the dials work as they should.
Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Steering wheel and gear stick looks refreshed too, along with the leather gear stick gaiter looking in good condition.
We went out with Graeme in the car along the local roads to see how it handles, without fault. It gracefully took in the local roads and bumps, take a look at our on the road video.
Engine and Gearbox
Cold start the car turned over without issue. Idled as you would expect, and when we were on the road we went up and down the gears including overdrive without any issues.
Suspension and Brakes
The car handled beautifully, the road had lots of imperfections with it having been dug up for works many a time and the car took them in its stride. A very comfortable ride as expected, with no knocking or rattling observed.
The car pulled along without issue, take a look at the on the road video we shot to show it running.
Electrics and Other
All working as expected, with the exception of the period radio.
The car comes with a history file that details some of its movements and other ancillary items such as shipping information. The car was imported back to the UK in 2010, and given its original registration number.
The car is showing just over 53,620 miles as of 27.07.2018.
HPi Check Results
– HPI check in progress.
– 01.06.2017 – 53,434 miles
– 26.04.2016 – 53,229 miles
– 11.05.2015 – 53,042 miles
– 29.04.2014 – 52,560 miles
– 17.05.2013 – 52,307 miles
– 06.09.2011 – 50,854 miles
– 02.09.2010 – 50,593 miles
The MK2 Jaguar is one of the cars, along with the E-Type, that really propelled Jaguar to success in the 1960’s. It really did live up the the “pace” mantra that Sir Williams Lyon coined, so much so that it has a reputation for being a favourite getaway car amongst criminals and conversely used by the Police too.
This example certainly possesses a lot of grace, the colour combination is beautiful and the car will likely attract all the attention at shows. For the right reason importantly.
Graeme has set a very realistic reserve for this car, so our advice is that if you are looking for a MK2 Jaguar to own and cherish, this one should be high up on your list.
KULRAJ SINGH SALH
This auction listing was written by Kulraj Singh Salh from information gained from Graeme, the owner of the car, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.
If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Graeme will receive a notification and will reply as soon as possible.
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