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Jaguar MK2 3.8 1960. AUCTION FINISHED
It's unusual to find a face-lifted car that's better looking than the car it was designed to replace. But Jaguar managed this unusual feat, with sports saloon Mk1 replacement. Like all Jaguars to this point company founder, William Lyons, was directly responsible for the way it looked - and with the fitment of revised upper door pressings, a deeper windscreen, larger glass area, and wider rear track, the already handsome saloon was transformed.
The additional glass brightened the interior and as well as give the car a more contemporary look. And without resorting to too many cliches, in the process, Jaguar created the most iconic '60s sports saloon of them all.
For the Mk2, the previously top-of-the range 3.4-litre car was now occupying the mid-range slot. Its XK engine had been enough to top the compact saloon range, but that changed with the arrival of the Mk2. But it was this car that really made the most of its forgiving suspension set-up, exploiting the wider front and rear track, and improving road manners. It was heavier than before so the Mk2’s performance was slightly down on the Mk1's, but that was addressed by the arrival of the 3.8.
And it's here - with the 3.8-litre Mk2 - that Jaguar created a legend. The new flagship proved popular and profitable for Jaguar. With a 125mph top speed and throttle adjustable handling, the 3.8 became the saloon of choice for enthusiastic drivers. A limited-slip differential improved traction, and power-assisted steering (a standard fitment
from 1960) further improved the way the car drove. Considered the best of all Mk2s and market values reflect this. However, its additional ability (from a modest 10bhp boost) over the 3.4-litre car is probably at too much of a premium in today's market, and (whisper it), the 3.4 is probably the best all-round value/performance package.
This 1960 Jaguar MKII is an eye-catching example of the classic luxury saloon, which has been fully renovated at a cost of over £40,000. We have all of the receipts for all of the parts and work completed. It is powered by the venerable 3.8-litre XK straight-six engine, which drives the rear wheels via factory equipped with the Borg Warner automatic transmission – as denoted by the ‘BW’ of the chassis number. Its engine dates to the correct year, so it is probably the original motor. The odometer displays 3,000 miles since full restoration and engine rebuild which now it exudes a handsome patina.
Registered in1960 a left-hand drive example, the car has been enjoyed by one private owner for four years, the car is now offered for sale on behalf of its private owner. The car has been imported by its owner when he relocated to the UK in 2018. It was started as restoration project by its owner in 2007 and over the years this was slowly completed. In 2014 the owner could not finish the car due to other commitments so he sold it on as a project to be completed. It was bought by the current vendor and he commenced project over the next 12 months to complete the car.
The bodywork of this handsome British classic is in good order, with no significant dents or panel damage. With the coachwork finished in classic Indigo Blue, the finish presents very well as you would expect from a recent restoration, with smooth panels ad excellent chrome detailing throughout. The are a few small paint imperfections as shown on the pictures, but these seem limited to the doors and hinges.
This Jaguar rides on a set of 15-inch wire wheels with two-eared Jaguar knock-off hub nuts, which are in good order and show few signs of wear beyond some minor surface corrosion. The tyres are American Classic whitewall and size 195/75/15. The 15-inch chrome wire wheels are in generally excellent condition, with only a few patches of superficial rust on the spokes.
The refurbishment inside the cabin is superb and the original seats have been replaced with identical ones but cream leather with blue piping. Its wood veneer inlays are in very good condition, showing only a few superficial marks, while the smart dashboard houses a well organised set of instruments and switches. There are no known faults with any of the electrics, with all features and controls working as they should.
New carpeting has also been added and the door cards appear to have been re-trimmed; however, a correct MKII wooden dashboard is still fitted, which presents extremely well and adds a real sense of occasion to the car. Given this Jaguar’s use and the age of some of its interior elements, there are some general wear marks to the interior, including creasing on the front and rear seats, but no damage or heavy discolouration.
Supplied with its original Jaguar handbook, as well as Italian motor club records and papers, the folder of documents also contains maintenance invoices and DVLA correspondence since returning to the UK in 2018.
The car will be supplied with a workshop manual, invoices for parts replaced, and some photos of work to the body.
This Jaguar MkII ticks all the boxes to offer its next owner a stylish classic saloon with brisk performance, perfect for touring or to display at national events. With its legendary straight-six XK 3.8-litre engine mated to the Borg Warner gearbox with overdrive, this recently restored example is on-the-button and ready to enjoy.
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