Wed, 22nd Jun 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

  Lot 8

1962 Jaguar MkII 3.8 Litre

Estimated at £28,000 - £32,000

Lot details

Registration No: 556 DYX
Chassis No: P208011DN
MOT: April 2023

  • Desirable, UK supplied 3.8 with manual gearbox and overdrive
  • Heritage Certificate, matching chassis and engine numbers
  • Just 3 former keepers with long term first owner
  • 85,500 credible miles recorded

For many, the definitive Jaguar Sports Saloon, the MkII was introduced in October 1959. A peerless blend of elegance and muscularity, its sleek lines clothed an evolution of the Coventry marque's first monocoque design. Powered by derivatives of the same XK DOHC straight-six engine that had swept Jaguar to five Le Mans victories, the MkII was quick to dominate contemporary saloon car racing. Equipped with coil-and-wishbone independent front suspension, a leaf-sprung Salisbury rear axle and servo-assisted four-wheel disc brakes, the range-topping 3.8 boasted nearly seven times the horsepower of a Mini 850 and a 126mph top speed! Blessed with one of the all-time great automotive interiors, its stylish instrumentation, rich wood veneers and sumptuous leather upholstery all conspired to cosset and cocoon occupants.

'556 DYX' is described by the vendor as 'the best spec.', a 3.8 manual overdrive, original home market car. With just 3 previous owners, with the first being a 'long term' ownership, this 3.8 is a matching chassis and engine numbers car and even carries its original registration number. A Jaguar Heritage Certificate accompanies the car and records that it ordered new in the strikingly pretty Opalescent Bronze with Beige interior. It is presented in the original body and trim colours. The 1958 specification of this car included power steering and Reutter reclining seats along with an early example of a heated rear window (currently disconnected); Wire wheels with knock-offs complement the bright Bronze and chrome exterior. The leather is described as 'good' with wood trim in ‘nice’ condition. The odometer displays 85,500 credible miles and ‘556 DYX’ has recently been fitted with a new battery and been subject to a front suspension overhaul with new springs, Gaz shocks and Polyurethane bushes. Offered with a collection of old invoices, MOT certificates, Heritage document and V5C.

For more information, please contact:
James McWilliam
07943 584760


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