1962 Jaguar Mark IISOLD

Coys Spring Auction - Royal Horticultural Hall - London - February 27, 2007

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Estimate: ú7,000-9,000

Sold ú7,999

The 2.4 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 XK 120 (which had already seen 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 road holding 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, figures for maximum speed and 0-60mph being 101mph/13.1 seconds.

First registered on the 9th July 1962 this 2.4 litre example is finished in metallic grey with red leather interior and chrome wire wheels. The car is described by the vendor to be a 'shining example' and is fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive. The car is supplied with UK registration documents and an MoT certificate valid for 1 year.

Reference Number 7222

as of 2/16/2007

Car 1962 Jaguar Mark II
VIN 113157DN