20th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 237

1966 Jaguar MKII 3.4 Litre

Sold for £21,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: FLJ 558D
Chassis No: 170203DN
MOT: June 2023

  • Supplied new by Spink of Bournemouth to R.W. Ford Esq of Poole and a Dorset car for much of its life
  • Matching chassis and engine block numbers
  • The subject of much past restoration work including an upgrade to power assisted steering

More widely admired than any other Jaguar sports saloon, the MKII now seems synonymous with the 1960s. Built as a monocoque, it featured independent coil-sprung front suspension, a well-located 'live' rear axle and all-round disc brakes. Available in 2.4 litre, 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre guises, the larger-engined variants soon became known as capable sports saloons. A reputation underscored by their racing siblings' numerous track victories against assorted Mini Cooper and Ford Galaxie etc opposition. The 3.4 litre cars 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 plus overdrive manual gearbox.

According to its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis number 170203DN was completed on 7th December 1965 complete with engine number KJ8597-8 (the block of which it retains to this day) and four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission. Despatched to Spink of Bournemouth that same month, the Jaguar was bought by R.W. Ford of Poole and road registered as ‘FLJ 558D’ on 3rd February 1966. Still resident in Dorset some forty-seven years later when it was sold to M. Cumberland for £29,000, the MKII graced the front cover of The Dorset Jaguar Magazine in March 2014. Restored prior to then, the sports saloon had acquired its current Carmen Red paintwork, Beige leather upholstery, power steering, Coombs-style rear wheel arches and wire wheels. The subject of significant recent expenditure - new water pump and exchange radiator (2016, £902.34), front suspension overhaul (2017, £495.47), mechanical and bodywork fettling (2018, £2,151.61), front chassis leg repairs, new engine mounts, upgraded brakes, fresh radiator mounts, undersealing etc (2021, £6,347.97), Moss gearbox refurbished, overdrive reconditioned (2022, £3,100) – ‘FLJ 558D’ was issued with a ‘no advisories’ MOT certificate on June 29th 2022 at an indicated 75,928 miles. A seemingly well-sorted and presentable example, this appealing MkII has much to recommend it. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document and history file.


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 20th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


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