Lot 14 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 16th October 2019)
Sold for £21,600
(including buyers premium)
Registration No: 242 MKR
Chassis No: 153330DN
- Treated to a very extensive restoration and comes with a huge file plus photos
- Desirable four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission example
- Silver painted wire wheels, power assisted steering and a wood rim steering wheel
Introduced in 1959, the MKII has long been Jaguar's best-loved sports saloon. Its combination of svelte good looks, strong performance and gentlemen's club interior has successfully charmed every passing generation. Based around a more sophisticated version of its MKI predecessor's monocoque bodyshell equipped with independent coil-and-wishbone front suspension, a Panhard-rod located 'live' rear axle and four-wheel disc brakes, the newcomer was powered by a choice of race-bred 2.4 litre, 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre XK DOHC straight-six engines. Although, slower on paper than their range-topping 3.8 litre siblings, the 3.4 litre cars nonetheless boasted some 210bhp and 216lbft of torque, outputs sufficient to ensure a circa 120mph top speed and spirited acceleration (especially when fitted with the desirable four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox).
Finished in Midnight Blue with Pale Blue leather upholstery, this particular example is described by the vendor as being in 'excellent overall' condition with regard to its engine, four-speed manual plus overdrive gearbox, electrical equipment, bodywork, paintwork and interior trim. Entering the current ownership in 2018, '242 MKR' has since been serviced, the silencer has been replaced and a trickle charger and side mirrors have been fitted. Previously the subject of an extensive, 'ground up' restoration, this handsome MKII is offered for sale with numerous bills and photographs chronicling its refurbishment.
PLEASE NOTE: This lot was purchased by the vendor's late husband via our October 2018 IWM Duxford auction. The description which appears in the catalogue and on our website is based on information supplied by the previous owner and not the current vendor. The vendor's late husband had the car professionally inspected after he purchased it and a number of repairs carried out. The relevant report and associated invoices can be viewed in the history file.