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  Lot 34

1968 Jaguar 340

Estimated at £14,000 - £18,000

Lot details
Registration No: VLK 26G
Chassis No: 1J52106DN

- 1 of just 2,265 made, Black upholstery, manual / overdrive transmission, older restoration

- 'Good' (bodywork, electrics), 'Very Good' (engine, gearbox, paintwork), 'Average' (interior trim)

- New brake master cylinder and tyres, completed a trouble-free 150-mile run in October 2019

First registered by London County Council on 17th October 1968 (or so its 'VLK 26G' number plate would imply), this notably late 340 was subject to various restoration works including a colour change from Blue to Red prior to being acquired by its previous keeper in 2003. Kept garaged for at least the past sixteen years, the Jaguar has been sparingly used covering just 1,100 miles since 2007. Issued with 'no advisories' MOT certificates in 2007, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2016 and 2017, the saloon is now exempt from testing. Reportedly treated to a new brake master cylinder, new petrol tank, new brake discs / callipers / pads and fresh tyres recently, 'VLK 26G' is further understood to have completed a trouble-free 150-mile run in October 2019.

The immortal MKII Jaguar remains one of Jaguar's most widely admired Saloons. 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.

Last evolution of the MKII line, the revised 240 and 340 models were introduced for the 1968 model year. Visually distinguished by their new slimline front and rear bumpers, they also benefited from sundry hidden changes such as the adoption of the E-type's straight port cylinder head design. Fitted with twin SU carburettors, the 340 model's 3442cc DOHC straight-six was quoted as developing some 210bhp and 215lbft of torque. Reputedly capable of 120mph in manual guise, the 'compact' Jaguar also boasted four-wheel disc brakes (a defining feature of the entire MKII range from 1959 onwards). Short lived, just 2,265 right-hand drive specification 340s are thought to have been made.

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