Lot details Registration No: TAS 905 Chassis No: S915758 Mot Expiry: June 2016
- Believed to have spent most of its life in South Africa
- Engine overhauled in 2014
- Offered with Heritage Certificate, invoices, old MOTs, etc.
Introduced at the October 1955 Earl's Court Motor Show, the MKI 2.4 litre was intended to broaden Jaguar's appeal beyond the volatile luxury and sportscar sectors. Notable as the Coventry manufacturer's first monocoque design, it featured independent front suspension, a 'live' rear axle and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes (though, discs soon became optional). Powered by a 2483cc DOHC straight-six engine allied to either four-speed manual or three-speed automatic transmission, the compact sports saloon boasted class-leading 100mph performance. Remaining in production until 1959, some 19,992 MKI 2.4s are thought to have left the Browns Lane factory.
The right-hand drive sale car vacated Jaguar's Browns Lane plant in 1959 and is thought to have spent its early life in South Africa, finally returning to these shores in 1990. The engine and carburettors were overhauled in 2014 and the vendor now classes the bodywork as 'excellent'; the six-cylinder engine, Ivory-coloured paintwork and Burgundy leather interior trim as 'very good'; and the four-speed manual transmission as 'good'; and says 'TAS 905' 'runs and drives very well'. The car's odometer currently registers an unwarranted 32,200 miles and the Jaguar is being sold complete with a history file containing various items of paperwork and old MOTs etc.