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Dark Blue | Saloon | 4 Speed Synchromesh Manual | 4.2 litre straight Inline 6 | 12,861 miles showing | SOLD
Rapid and purposeful, the race-bred Jaguar Mark 2 saloon was introduced in 1959 and offered buyers "grace, pace, and space" as per Sir William Lyons’ instruction.
Arguably the best saloon ever to carry the leaping cat, with elegant lines, a bold grille and plenty of British grunt, the Jaguar Mark 2 was one of the finest and fastest saloons available throughout the 1960’s, it even went racing, successfully.
Successor to the Mk1, the extensively revised Mk2 offered better all-round visibility courtesy of larger windows, wider wheel track improving roll-resistance and stability, the dashboard was redesigned with the speedometer and rev counter now located in front of the driver with six toggle switches and four minor gauges set across the center too.
Mechanically, independent front suspension was by wishbone and coil springs, with a leaf-sprung live axle at the rear, Dunlop disc brakes all round were added and a choice of 2.4, 3.4 and the most engaging 3.8 litre XK engines were available and for a time, the Mark II equipped with the 3.8 litre engine was the fastest four-door car on the market.
The car offered is a superb original Right Hand Drive 1967 Jaguar MKII with the desirable 4-speed synchromesh manual transmission that must be driven to be appreciated.
The subject of a recent and painstaking restoration that included an engine upgrade to the more powerful and torquey 4.2L period engine specification, this MkII keeps Jaguar's race-bred history alive. This engine upgrade was a popular choice for period racers like Coombs and Graeme Hill that dominated 1960's TT's in a MkII and the Full Monty car available here brings this lively combination right into 2020.
Presented in classically styled Dark Blue over Light Grey upholstery with matching carpets and contrast timber veneer the superb attention to detail paid throughout the restoration is evident in the depth of finish to the paintwork, the tight panel fit (the doors open and close with perfect precision) with neatly fitted chrome trim, the correct Jaeger dash instrumentation and evenly weighted steering, pedal and gear feel that makes for an excellent drive.
Zero expense has been spared in caring for this MKII. The chrome wire wheels are fitted with period correct Michelin XVS Radial tyres made in the UK, the original tool kit and steering wheel still accompany the car and it’s road presence is stunning.
Eminently useable today, with excellent support provided by the many clubs and service specialists around Australia this exciting to drive and superbly restored Jaguar MKII is the reason to get out of bed at 6am on a Sunday morning for some classic motoring.