Jaguar MK II 3.8
One of the most readily recognised cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar’s seminal Mk2 saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts.
Its immediate predecessor – the Mk1 – had been introduced in 1956 and is of historic significance, being the Coventry firm’s first unitary construction saloon car. It was replaced in October 1959 by the closely related, albeit extensively revised, Mk2. The latter offered better all-round visibility courtesy of larger windows, while the Mk1’s rear wheel spats disappeared and the rear track was widened, which improved both roll-resistance and stability.
The dashboard was redesigned with the speedometer and rev counter relocated in front of the driver, the six toggle switches and four minor gauges being set across the centre. Independent front suspension was by wishbone and coil springs, with a leaf-sprung live axle at the rear. Combined with superior Dunlop disc brakes all round and a choice of 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-litre XK engines, provided the discerning, enthusiastic driver with one of the finest sports saloons available in the 1960s. In its ultimate, 3.8-litre, overdrive-equipped form, the Mk2 could reach 125mph with 60mph coming up in 8.5 seconds, impressive figures for a saloon of its size even by today’s standards.
There was a time when some Jaguar cars were actually supplied in kit form for assembly in countries such as South Africa, but finding a Jaguar MKII nowadays in kit form ready to build must be virtually impossible.
However just such a project has been recently presented to Autostorico by one of our clients. Our client has spent many years sourcing new parts or getting the original parts restored to ‘as new condition’, however due to ill health has reluctantly instructed us to look for a new owner who would like to complete the project and build himself a new Jaguar.
The Car is a 1961 Jaguar MK II 3.8 that has been fully repainted in its original Gun Metal Grey Metallic by XK Engineering The interior trim is Red leather much of which is original and in excellent condition and includes the factory Reutter reclining seats.
The detail let alone the time the current owner has gone to gathering all the parts is quite remarkable with every part boxed and wrapped. The quality of the parts is just incredible and includes Stainless Steel wire wheels, New hubs, Stainless Steel straight through exhaust system.
The only detail yet to be completed is the original woodwork which is all present and correct.
All parts come in eight large package crates so you will need space, that is unless you decide to allow one of the major restoration companies to do the work for you but then completing the job yourself is really half the fun.
For more details please contact us here at Autostorico.
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