1965 Jaguar MK II

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1965
  • Mileage 
    249 mi / 401 km
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Lot number 
    186
  • Drive 
    RHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Gearbox 
    Manual

Description

"The 2.4 saloon of 1955, retrospectively known as the Mk. I, had been a major step for Jaguar, marking the change from a coachbuilt chassis to one of unitary construction. It was a necessary move however, Jaguar being aware there was a strong market for a more compact saloon than the big Mk. IX. Powered by a 2,482cc version of the superb twin cam straight six XK engine, the 2.4 offered luxury, performance and value for money. Using coil spring/wishbone front and semi-elliptic spring rear suspension, it possessed fine road manners and proved a great success, both on and off the track, particularly when it became available with the 3.4 litre engine in February 1957. It was in October 1959 that the Mk. II version appeared, making a good car even better. Similar in appearance but with a much larger glass area, it boasted a wider rear track to improve road holding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all round disc rather than drum brakes. Engine options included the 120bhp 2.4 litre, the 210bhp 3.4 litre and, for the first time the 220bhp 3,781cc unit of the Mk. IX.
Considered by many in Jaguar circles to be the best combination for the iconic Mk. II Jaguar, this example is offered in opalescent metallic blue and is a matching numbers 3.4 litre manual with overdrive motorcar. This example is in splendid condition throughout and was originally supplied to Jaguar Export in South Africa in November of 1965, this can be identified by the Dating Certificate found within the history file. Upon inspection, the car starts on the button with a fabulous note produced from the exhaust and engine. During our appraisal we were given the opportunity to raise the car and we were delighted to see the underneath presents as impressively as the remainder of the car and contained within the boot is the spare wheel. We are informed between 2015-2016 the car was restored which included a new wiring loom and retrim with new chrome to complement the paintwork and optional Webasto sunroof.
This is a great example of an iconic Mk. II with the best combination of the larger and powerful 3.4 engine coupled to the manual gearbox and working overdrive. With an attractive estimate this is a great drivers' car which is sure to be a solid investment."