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Lot 154: Jaguar 2.4 Saloon

Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars, Barons (28 May 2012)

In the 1950,s Jaguar needed a compact saloon to compete with MG. Wolseley and the like and a bridge between its Big Mk 7 and the Sporty XK 140. After several years of development the 2.4 Saloon was born in September 1955. It was unique in that it was the first Jaguar to be of unitary construction. To keep production costs down, Jaguar also used as many of its existing components , such as engine, gearbox, suspension and steering.

This particular 2.4 Saloon (latterly dubbed the MK1 by the Motor Trade) was built on the 26th March 1956. It was first registered in Ilford Essex 19th April 1956 by Henley's. It had a change of address to Worthing Sussex 20th October 1958.It was then bought the vendors father on 16th August 1971, from a dealer in Sunbury on Thames, how it came to be with a dealer in Middlesex is not known or what happened to the first owner. The car was in regular use until about May/June 1975, when the car failed an MOT on the front suspension and steering joints. By this time the mileage was 36,980. The car was then stored in a leaky garage which at some time collapsed, causing no damage to the car but during its time in the old garage the cylinder head had been removed and mice had nested in the bores. The car was in a sorry state.

The vendor bought the car from his father on 1st February 1989, with the intention of restoring it. The restoration was a ground up affair undertaken by the vendor with the help of specialists , for the body work and mechanics. The car was taken apart and then put it back together, piece by restored piece The restoration was completed in June 1990 when the car had its first MOT since 1975. This restoration was featured by Jaguar Enthusiast Magazine between June and Oct 1990.

The car is the 939th to be built out of a total production of 19, 992 (both rhd & lhd) between September 1955 and September 1959 when it was replaced by the MKII. The vendor believes that the car could be one of earliest 2.4 Saloons still in road-worthy condition.

In the early years, after the restoration was completed, the car won many concours competitions and featured in Country Living by Frank Page in 1991, Jaguar Quarterly June 1992,Classic and Sport Car November 1994 and Classic Cars July 1994.

To date the car has been driven on rally/tours in Scotland, Ireland, Wales, Isle of Man, France, Belgium, Holland, Germany, Austria, Hungary, Switzerland, Denmark, Sweden, America (New England), Canada and of course England.

In 1999 I had the head converted to unleaded fuel and also fitted an overdrive unit. New tyres fitted @ 89736 miles, Brake shoes re-lined @ 85080 miles, New Battery @ 91587 miles

The car is only now offered for sale due to the poor health of the owner and is complete with all log books from first registration, Mot's from 1990, full photo record of restoration, original tool box, original front and rear number plates, workshop service manual and workshop spares manual and numerous advertising and related items.

In the words of the vendor "If only GOLF doors shut like the doors on this MK1".

Lot Details
Auction Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars
Barons, Sandown Park Exhibition Complex- Surrey Hall
TypeCar
Lot Number154
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£14500
Year1956
Condition rating0
Registration numberKAN 169
Mileage-
Chassis numberS900939
Engine numberBB2178-8
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors4