20th Sep, 2023 12:00

30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 420

1960 Jaguar MkII 3.4 Litre Beacham

Sold for £54,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 159 UXE
Chassis No: 153414
MOT: July 2024

  • Built to right-hand drive specification on the 9th of December 1960 and despatched to Independent Motor Sales of New Zealand
  • Offered with an extensive history file
  • 5-speed gearbox, central locking, power steering and 4 pot front brakes
  • Acquired by Dr Greg Beacham in the 1980's

The Mk2 was a fast and capable saloon in line with Sir William Lyons' 1950s advertising slogan, 'grace, space, pace'. Dr Greg Beacham saw a market for rebuilding and uprating Jaguar cars, primarily Jaguar Mk2s, that were in New Zealand, finishing them to a very high standard and selling them to Japan, Australia, UK etc as an upmarket fully restored car. Beacham provided a classic Jaguar Mk2 with the comfort of a modern car and a restoration that left no stone left unturned. The father and son team have, arguably, been building the finest upgraded Mk2 Jaguars for over 25 years. To do this, he built a special facility where the cars were completely dismantled, stripped out, shot blasted and any body repairs, welding and finishing was done. There was a separate hi-tech paint shop to complete the body. Finally, the cars were assembled and finished off. During this process the Jaguar XK engines were restored, the gearbox, steering, suspension and electrics were uprated, chrome wire wheels and a stainless steel exhaust fitted. The cars leaving the world renowned Beacham facilities were essentially new cars with a new identity using the original chassis number. Owning a Beacham places the owner in what is a very distinguished community of Beacham owners. The Mk2 was a fast and capable saloon in line with Sir William Lyons' 1950s advertising slogan, 'grace, space, pace'. The Mk2 was re-engineered above the waistline, with vision dramatically improved by an 18% increase in the cabin's glass area. The radiator grille was changed, and larger side, tail and fog lamps repositioned.

This Jaguar Mk2, was originally manufactured in Coventry, England, to right-hand drive specification on December 1960 and was immediately exported to New Zealand in 1961. Independent Motor Sales of Wellington, New Zealand, sold the car as new after import from the UK, and it was delivered to its first owner, Mr A S Johnson of Hastings, New Zealand. Nothing more is known of the car until it was acquired by Dr Greg Beacham in the 1980s. The car was repatriated to the UK in 1991.

The specification of '159 UXE' is a catalogue of almost 'money no object' improvements that includes: a Getrag 5 speed manual gearbox, hydraulic rack and pinion power steering, negative earth electrical system and alternator, electronic ignition, halogen H4 headlamps, stainless steel exhaust, central locking, uprated front suspension, Koni shock absorbers, electric thermostatically controlled cooling fan. Since 2008, the following additional upgrades and work have been carried out: a bare metal respray in British Racing Green, front brakes uprated to improved 4 pot calipers, central locking, rear axle rebuilt, new chrome wire wheels fitted, LED interior instruments, front side and rear stop and tail lights. More recent work has included a re-chromed bumper, oil change, new battery, water pump, new clutch and all the interior wood re-varnished plus a service and the rear axle overhauled in 2021. There is a large collection of invoices, itemised details of the work carried out by the previous vendor, a Beacham catalogue, sales brochure, Heritage Certificate, old tax discs, collection of old MOTs. An original driver's handbook and a history file are also offered with the car. A great opportunity to acquire a well-sorted MK2 that is ready to be enjoyed.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


Auction: 30th Anniversary Sale at The Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 20th Sep, 2023

Established in 1993, H&H has sold some of the world's most significant motorcars and motorcycles over the past 30 years. Now owned by its employees and trusted by over 75,000 clients worldwide, we are the longest established auction house of our kind in Europe.


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Tuesday 19th September 2023 from 1pm to 8pm
Wednesday 20th September 2023 from 9am


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