1965 Jaguar MK2 3.8

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    Manual (Overdrive)
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    17 years
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    3.8L & Overdrive
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Guide Price £20,000 to £25,000

This MK2 Jaguar from 1965 comes with all the right features; manual gearbox with overdrive, 3.8L straight six, power steering fitted and working. It’s been in the current ownership for 17 years and is now coming up for sale.

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Meet Ian, the owner and seller of this beautiful Jaguar MKII. He’s owned the car for around 17 years, buying it after it had been restored.

He’s used the car for “high-days and holidays” as he describes, and also for a few friends weddings and his own children’s weddings too.

What first attracted Ian to the MKII, was that he had always wanted one as a boy, and vowed to buy one when he could. This example he purchased has been well cared for post its restoration, having been stored in a climate controlled garage.

In Ians ownership, he has maintained the car well, performing some typical upgrades to keep the car usuable; electronic ignition, gearbox and overdrive rebuilt, new power steering fitted. He has also carried out remedial work on the body in his ownership, and some suspension work on the front end.

Ian is now looking to sell the car, as he feels it should go to a new home where it can be used and kept on the road.



Finished in a dark blue, this MK2 looks stunning and has been well cared for this past 30 years.

Wheels & Tyres
Wire wheels with knock-off centres and 15″ tyres all around. Pirelli tyres wrap the wheels all around, and along with the wire wheels they look good. Take a look at the photos and video review.

As mentioned, Ian bought this car after it had been restored, and in his ownership he has also had any rust from the front wheel-arches cut out, and new wheel arches welded and soldered back in. The bodywork now presents in great condition. Shut-lines/panel gaps all look good, not suffering from sagging as you will see on many MKII’s. We didn’t observe any rust on the car. Watch the extensive video review to see the detail.

The dark blue paint looks great on this car. It is even in colour and finish across the entire car. It presents in good condition, on the nearside there are a few small points where the paint has cracked over time; the nearside front wheel-arch, the nearside rear passenger door. View the video review to see the whole car’s paintwork.

Glass and Trim
Both the glass and trim on the car present in great condition. We didn’t observe the type of pitting you often see on the brightwork, and the glass looks great too. Take a look through the detailed images.



Along with the exterior, the interior of the car has been restored over time too, and now presents in great condition.

Seats and Carpets
Leather seats finished in grey, and grey carpets throughout. The condition of the seats is very good, and the same can be said for the carpets too, take a look at the video review for yourself.

The dashboard, finished in wood with its black dials looks great. All the switch gear etc looks to have been refreshed with the restoration, a really nice finish.

Steering Wheel / Gear Stick
Both look as you’d expect on a car like this, the wear is in line with the age of the car. Take a look at the images and video for the detailed view.



Ian took us on a short drive around the local area to test out the performance of the MKII.

Engine and Gearbox
The 3.8L straight six pulled us along the country lanes with ease, and Ian took the car through all the gears and the overdrive. Watch the video to see and hear how the car performed.

Suspension and Brakes
This car has disc brakes all around, and Ian informs us that the brake feel is positive. The suspension has had some work done on it in Ians ownership, and the ride was smooth along the bumpy British country lanes.

The Drive
A quick drive around the local area, enough clear roads to put the car through its paces, a pleasurable experience.

Electrics and Other
Ian informs us that everything on the car works as it should do.



The car comes with all the relevant invoices etc from Ians ownership, and also the restoration bills from the previous owner. Ian believes that the dials were changed at some point, rather than this being a low mileage example. In his ownership, he has covered some 6,000 miles in the car.

The car is showing just over 11,620 miles as of 05.09.2019.

HPi Check Results
– Ian assures us the car is HPi clear – our own check is in progress.



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, in Ians ownership for 17 years, is a really well cared for and usable classic. It has all the right features in terms of being manual with overdrive, power steering and the 3.8L engine (some practical upgrades too like electronic ignition).

Buy this car, show it, enjoy it, and it will serve you for many many years to come.



This listing was written from information supplied by Jon after meeting Ian the owner, and having visited and photographed the vehicle.

If you have any specific questions about the vehicle then please use the comments section below. Ian will receive a notification and will reply as soon as he can.

UsernameBid AmountDate Made
SOS9£11,000.0020-Sep-2019 17:52:41
jmrw£10,100.0020-Sep-2019 17:38:53


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John Wilson
John Wilson

The car looks in good condition but has the front fascia (speedometer and rev counter) been replaced as it doesn’t look like walnut? Similarly with the inserts in the rear drop-down tables? Thanks, John

Ian Fryer
Ian Fryer

Hi John, The front dashboard is walnut , the speedo and rev counter has not been changed since I have owned the vehicle.The drop down tables are not walnut as far as I am aware but not sure. Hope that answers your questions.
Regards Ian Fryer

Roger Metcalfe
Roger Metcalfe

I have owned two Mk 2s previously and from the videos and photos your car looks to be a superb example.
Does the car have a current MOT? If not, would you be prepared to provide a new MOT? Does the car run on unleaded petrol? I notice that the car still has the original brake calipers which have quite small area of contact. can you advise what the stopping performance is like (I realise this is quite subjective).

Ian Fryer
Ian Fryer

No MOT at moment as does not require one but I could have one done for you if required and then the car could go on the rollers to give stopping distance. Car runs well on unleaded, it has not been converted as was advised against this. I put high octane petrol in it along with Redex