Here we have a useable example of an instantly recognisable legend of the classic car world. It is a 1962 Jaguar MK.II 3.8 M/OD, finished in Gun Metal metallic with Red Leather interior. Our car began its life as a 2.4 Manual car, however in its present form it keeps a 3.8 litre straight six lurking under its bonnet.
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 recognized cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal MKII saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts.
Introduced in October 1959, the MKII replaced the MKI, the Coventry firm's first unitary construction saloon car. Closely related to its immediate predecessor albeit extensively revised, the MKII offered better all-round visibility courtesy of larger windows while the MK1's rear wheel spats disappeared and the rear track was widened, improving 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 center. Independent front suspension was by wishbone and coil springs, with a leaf-sprung live axle at the rear. This, combined with superior Dunlop disc brakes all round and a choice of 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-liter XK engines, provided the discerning, string-back gloved, enthusiast driver with one of the finest sports saloons available in the 1960s. In its ultimate, 3.8-liter, overdrive-equipped form, the MKII could reach 125mph with 60mph coming up in 8.5 seconds, impressive figures for a saloon of its size even by today's standards.
Our car was subject to a an older restoration around 15 years ago which included a full retrim of the interior. More recently under the ward of its last owner the car had a full exhaust system fitted and underwent it's engine upgrade to the 3.8. Donated from a 3.8 litre S-type, it is a perfect match for this car being of the same breed used in the top of the range 3.8 Mk.2. To match the extra power the brakes have been upgraded to discs, front and back.
Overall a great colour scheme and a lovely useable but not perfect classic that can hold its own in modern traffic, in terms of speed and comfort. This iconic car of the 60s comes with a recent MOT and a great history folder with lots of receipts and previous MOTs present. Be quick to own the so called "businessmans express".