Lot 96 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: LPA333D
Chassis No: 170039DN
Mot Expiry: Aug 2013
Synonymous with the swinging '60s, the Jaguar MKII has, until recently, been Jaguar's most widely admired Saloon. Featuring notably slimmer roof pillars than its MKI forebear, the newcomer was as airy on the inside as it was elegant on the outside. Comprising a monocoque bodyshell equipped with independent coil-sprung front suspension, a well located live rear axle and disc brakes all round, it could be specified with a 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8-litre version of Jaguar's race-proved XK engine. The interior was quintessentially British with its sumptuous leather-covered seats, polished wood facia and door cappings, comprehensive instrumentation and impressive row of auxiliary toggle switches. The attention to detail and build quality of the MKII were remarkable for the price - these cars punched above their weight.
Finished in Gunmetal Grey Metallic with Red leather upholstery, this particular example dates from 1966 and boasts 'matching' chassis and engine numbers. A 3.4 litre model, its desirable specification comprises chrome wire wheels and four-speed manual / overdrive transmission. 'LPA 333D' is understood to have covered a mere 371 miles since the completion of an extensive restoration, which included the engine, by professional MKII specialists Mayfair Classic Cars of Tipton. This included: the replacement of rusty sections with new metal; bare metal respray; new suspension, brakes, brightwork, wire wheels, tyres; and the fitting of a stainless steel exhaust. The front seats, carpet and headlining have also been renewed and the woodwork refurbished. The vendor understandably now regards the bodywork, paintwork and venerable XK engine as "excellent" and the gearbox as "very good". The car's MOT is valid until August 2013.