Left-hand drive,1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-Litre Saloon  Chassis no. P216150BW Engine no. LB11139
Lot 408
Left-hand drive,1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-Litre Saloon Chassis no. P216150BW Engine no. LB11139
Sold for £31,337 (US$ 52,672) inc. premium
Lot Details
Left-hand drive
1961 Jaguar Mk2 3.8-Litre Saloon
Registration no. YYJ 181
Chassis no. P216150BW
Engine no. LB11139


  • One of the most readily recognised cars of the 1960s thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal Mk2 saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts. With the advent of the Mk2 in October 1959, the 3.8-litre version of Jaguar's XK twin-cam six became available for the first time in the company's medium-sized saloon, which in 3.8-litre, manual/overdrive configuration was a genuine 125mph car capable of reaching 60mph in 8.5 seconds, outstanding figures for a saloon of its size even by today's standards. With 220bhp on tap and a whopping 240lb/ft of torque available at a lowly 3,000rpm, the '3.8' was only marginally slower when fitted with the optional Borg-Warner automatic transmission, reaching the 'ton' a mere three seconds adrift of its manual sibling on the way to a top speed of over 120mph. It is hardly surprising that the '3.8' in automatic configuration was an increasingly popular choice, particularly in the North American market.
    This left-hand drive Mk2 '3.8' was supplied new to Jaguar, New York, the accompanying JDHT certificate recording that it was fitted with automatic transmission, power steering and chromed wire wheels, and finished in black with Biscuit leather interior. The car was acquired by the previous owner in September 2007 and then restored by marque specialists, Classic Motor Cars Ltd of Shropshire, there being related bills totalling more than £40,000 on file. Enhancements include four-speed automatic transmission, integral satellite navigation and a Webasto Monte Carlo full sliding sunroof, while the interior features a Becker Mexico radio and MotoLita-style steering wheel.
    Finished in black with Burgundy leather interior, the latter in truly superb condition, 'YYJ 181' is one of the best Mk2s we have seen in recent years and performed very well on a recent test drive. Purchased by the current owner at Bonhams' Oxford Sale in March 2010 (Lot 436) it returned to CMC between November 2010 and June this year. Work included repairs to the doors, suspension and chassis together with a full service the cost of these recent works were £13,500. Representing a wonderful opportunity to acquire a fine example of this charismatic British sports saloon at a fraction of its restoration costs, the car is offered with a file of correspondence and bills, owner's wallet containing operating/maintenance/service handbook, tax/MoT and Swansea V5.
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