"Launched in 1959, the Jaguar Mk. II offered a noticeably improved driving experience over its predecessor courtesy of revised front suspension geometry, widened rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. Improvements were achieved by increasing the cabin glass area by almost 20%, while narrower front and central body pillars gave the car a more refined appearance. The evergreen Jaguar XK engine was employed once again, with a 220bhp, 3.8 litre high-performance version as used in the Mk. IV saloon, this engine being used for the first time in a mid-range Jaguar saloon, in addition to the 2.4 and 3.4 litre engine options carried over from the Mk. I. With spirited 125mph performance, including a 0-60mph time of 8.5 seconds, the 3.8 litre was immediately in demand and the manual gearbox equipped examples remain amongst the most desirable.
This beautiful, well-loved and truly cherished Jaguar Mk. II 3.8 litre with a manual gearbox, power steering and wire wheels is one of the last right hand drive examples to be manufactured. Supplied new by New Zealand premier Jaguar dealers, Shorters Cars, in Auckland to its first owner, Mr. Harvey Hingston on 30th November 1967. This example was ordered new in deep gloss black with a tasteful oxblood red leather interior. In 1985, Mr. David Shorter acquired the car back and kept it for 25 years. The last owner, one of New Zealand’s largest classic car collectors, Mr. Grant Baker purchased it and in 2011 the car was sent to International Motorsport and over the next twelve mounts they did a complete restoration costing over NZ $110,000, repainting it in the original colour but retaining the very good red leather interior. This car was imported to the UK in 2016 and the new owner, Mr. John Rivers who spent over £2,500 on works which included replacing the power steering rack, alternator upgrade, manual choke and fitting electronic ignition. This Jaguar Mk. II is supplied with a V5 registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in December 2021, a Heritage Certificate showing that it is a matching numbers car, the original handbook and a large file containing invoices going back to 1970, details of the 2011/12 restoration and invoices for the work carried out it the UK. This is without doubt one of the finest Mk. IIs offered to market in recent years and would rightfully deserve its place in any major Jaguar collection."