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Jaguar Mark 2

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Jaguar Mark 2

A stunning example of the quintessential 60's getaway car, complete with Manual Transmission conversion and 3.8L engine.

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The Jaguar Mark 2 was built by Jaguar between 1959 and 1967 at their facility in Coventry, and 12 months before the announcement of the XJ6 the 2.4L & 3.4L models were renamed Jaguar 240 and Jaguar 340 respectively. The previous 2.4L and 3.4L models, built between 1955 and 1959 have since been identified as Mark I Jaguars.

The Co-Founder of The Swallow Sidecars Company (which became Jaguar Cars after the Second World War) Sir William Lyons' maxim of "Grace, Pace and Space" was adhered to firmly during the development of this car. The car came with three engine configurations; a 120bhp 2,483 cubic centimetre engine, a 210bhp 3,442 cubic centimetre engine and a 210bhp 3,781 cubic centimetre engine. The 3.8L engine is a similar unit to that found in the E-Type, differing only in inlet manifold and carburation (Two SUs compared with the 3 used on the E-Type in Europe) which resulted in the E-Type having 30bhp more. The head of the engine in the Mark 2 utilised curved ports as opposed to the E-Types straight ports. Mechanically the front suspension geometry was rearranged to raise the roll centre and the rear track was widened. Four-Wheel disc brakes were now standard and overdrive or automatic transmissions were available as optional extras.

Aesthetically there were a number of changes from the Mark 1, the cabin glass area was increased by around 18% which vastly improved visibility out of the cockpit; slender front pillars allowed a wider windscreen and the rear window almost wrapped around to the larger side windows, while all side windows featured fully chromed frames. The radiator grille was amended and larger side, tail and fog lamps were repositioned as compared to the Mark 1. Most crucially however, the instrument layout was improved and served as the standard for all Jaguars until the XJ Series II of 1973.

This example is finished in the timeless combination of British Racing Green with Tan Leather interior and spent the majority of the last 30 years in the Milan area. The car was the recipient of a hugely extensive restoration in Italy around 5 years ago, having covered less than 4,000 miles since the completion of that process. Originally supplied with the Borg Warner Automatic Transmission (denoted by the BW chassis number prefix) it has since been converted to the more desirable 4-speed manual unit with overdrive. The engine was also replaced with a later Mark 2 3.8L power unit.

Arguably one of the most practical and elegant cars of its day, and a fine example of one at that. We can assure any prospective buyers that a car heralded in its day as the greatest getaway car available will provide you with endless excitement and driving pleasure!



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