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Lot 432: 1967 Jaguar Mk. II 3.8 litre MoD

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

The 2.4 litre saloon of 1955 had been a major step for Jaguar, marking as it did 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 first seen in the XK120 (which had already achieved four Le Mans victories), 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 the Mk I, as it subsequently became known, 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 roadholding 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. Naturally performance was excellent, respective figures for maximum speed and 0-60mph being 101mph/13.1 seconds, 121mph/9.5 seconds and 125/8.5 seconds.JOW 911E was first acquired in April 1979 as a first foray into Jaguar ownership but it was not until the early 1990s that it was pulled out of mothballs and the restoration project began. At this time the best restorations were being carried out by a company called Vicarage, so it was decided to visit its premises and see how it was done. Whilst there the vendor was taken for a road test in a Mk. II that had been converted to drop-head format, and this provided the inspiration for the example presented here today. The chassis has been reinforced at no less than twenty structural points with two steel tubes running from front to rear enclosed between the inner and outer sills; propshaft, tunnel, floor pan and bulkhead have also all been reinforced and the front doors have been extended and the pillars moved back seven inches.Up-rated with a 3.8 litre engine in place of the original 2.4 litre unit the car, as one would expect from such a thorough project, has been completely overhauled. The gearbox, overdrive and rear axle have been stripped and rebuilt and the entire braking system, including the vacuum tank, servo, calipers and discs, are new. An alternator has also been fitted to cope with the power demands of the electrically operated hood and the steering has been converted with an XJ6 power-assisted rack and pinion; so equipped, the car runs and drives well.This Jaguar has now had the expensive part of the conversion completed and, although elements are still to be re-attached, all the components are present and included in the sale price. A modern day take on the classic Mk. II Jaguar saloon and, arguably, all the better for it.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number432
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£1294
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
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Registration numberJOW 9HE
Chassis number120754DN
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