1960 Jaguar Mark 2 3.8-Litre Saloon Registration no. 4060 HP Chassis no. 201224DN
'One of the most impressive sights today is the rapid and purposeful progress of a Mark 2 Jaguar on a motorway, eating up the miles in the fast lane. Like the nose of a bullet, the rounded frontal shape looks right for high speed, and the sheer velocity attained is usually exhilarating.' - Autocar.
One of the most readily recognised cars of the 1960s thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal Mark 2 saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts. Its immediate predecessor - the 'Mark 1' - had been introduced in 1956 and is of historic significance, being the Coventry firm's first unitary construction saloon car.
With the advent of the Mark 2 in October 1959, the 3.8-litre version of Jaguar's XK twin-cam six became available for the first time in the company's medium-sized saloon, which in top-of-the-range, 3.8-litre, manual/overdrive configuration was a genuine 125mph car capable of reaching 60mph in 8.5 seconds, outstanding figures for a saloon of its size even by today's standards. Although there was a slight performance penalty with the optional Borg-Warner automatic transmission installed, the '3.8' in this form was an increasingly popular choice, particularly in the North American market.
Representing the Jaguar Mark 2 in its ultimate 3.8-litre manual/overdrive configuration, this example was delivered new via Newsome's of Coventry to Parkgate Garage Ltd, Coventry, which used it as a demonstrator. The car was delivered finished in Pearl Grey with red interior, the same colour scheme it has today.
'4060 HP' has been in the current vendor's hands since 1989, and since then has been restored as time and budgets allowed, with most of the work being carried out in the vendor's own workshop. Unfortunately, most receipts have been mislaid. Re-commissioned earlier this year, the car is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, with fair interior and rebuilt engine. Accompanying documentation consists of a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, sundry bills, an old-style logbook, and a V5 registration certificate.