Lot 64 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 18th March 2020)
Registration No: 942 UXE
Chassis No: 151471DN
The immortal Jaguar MKII was as airy on the inside as it was elegant on the outside. Its monocoque bodyshell was equipped with independent coil-sprung front suspension and a well located live rear axle, 12-inch disc brakes all round and recirculating ball steering. The model could be specified with a 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8-litre version of Jaguar's race-proved, DOHC in-line, six-cylinder XK engine. When equipped with the latter, the MKII was capable of sprinting to 60mph in 8.5 seconds and on to a top speed of 125mph.
For some however, there is a desire to improve and develop a classic design to bring it into the modern age, and in so doing, provide levels of performance and luxury the original designers could only dream about. This amazing Mk2 is just such an example, having been restored by a previous owner who specified numerous additions and improvements to turn the car into a highly useable luxurious every day mode of transport whilst retaining the timeless looks and appeal of the original. Powered by a 3.8 litre engine with 4.2 injection head, 8:1 pistons and 4.2 overdrive all-synchromesh gearbox, the car is said to cruise effortlessly, whilst the modified suspension set up provides handling to match. Power steering, cruise control, electric windows, electric cooling fan, variable speed wipers, central locking, XJ40 electric front seats and air-conditioning etc. add to the cosseting driving experience.
A true gentleman's express, and benefiting from recent works to the underside, this Mk2 would cost a fortune to replicate and is worthy of the closest inspection.
PLEASE NOTE: Unfortunately, the vendor has not been able to deliver this Lot to Duxford. However, he has asked us to offer it for sale alongside the cars which are physically present in the auction hall. Please contact a member of staff for further photos or details of the history file.