This highly desirable UK-supplied 3.8 MkII offered in ‘barn find’ condition following recent unearthing close to London comes to auction with H&H Classics at The Pavilion Gardens Buxton on November 30th.
It is understood to have had one owner from new and was placed into dry storage in 1991. It has a recorded mileage of just 34,866 miles, which is reputed genuine. It was supplied new by Henlys of London.
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 Man's 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.
Manufactured in 1962, chassis number P207646BW was first registered in the United Kingdom on the 16th of February that year, being supplied new via Henlys of London, according to the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate.
Fitted from new with the 3781cc straight-six engine, it was initially allied to the automatic transmission, although at some stage of its life has since been converted to manual transmission with overdrive. Reputedly having just one owner from new, the Jaguar is understood to have been taken off the road in 1991.
The recorded mileage of 34,866 miles, is believed, but not warranted to be genuine. Subject to some front-end damage while residing in the barn, that it has recently been unearthed from, this ‘barn find’ example is ripe for restoration. We are informed that the engine turns over by hand, and ‘857 XVS’ is offered for sale with a current
V5C document, Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, and a previous MOT certificate.
PLEASE NOTE: The registration number shown in the images is not included in the sale.
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