1960 Jaguar Mk II 3.8-liter Saloon
Chassis no. A213516
Engine no. LA6045-8
3.8-liter, DOHC, 220hp inline six
Four-speed manual transmission with overdrive
The hottest engine package available
Classic Jaguar good looks
"One of the most impressive sights today is the rapid and purposeful progress of a Mark 2 Jaguar on a motorway, eating up the miles in the fast lane. Like the nose of a bullet, the rounded frontal shape looks right for high speed, and the sheer velocity attained is usually exhilarating." - Autocar.
One of the most readily recognized cars of the 1960s, thanks in part to countless appearances in films and on television, Jaguar's seminal MkII saloon set the standard for the class throughout its entire production life and today remains highly prized by enthusiasts.
Introduced in October 1959, the MkII replaced the MkI, the Coventry firm's first unitary construction saloon car. Closely related to its immediate predecessor albeit extensively revised, the Mk2 offered better all-round visibility courtesy of larger windows while the Mk1's rear wheel spats disappeared and the rear track was widened, improving both roll-resistance and stability. The dashboard was redesigned with the speedometer and tachometer relocated in front of the driver, the six toggle switches and four minor gauges being set across the center. Independent front suspension was by wishbone and coil springs, with a leaf-sprung live axle at the rear. This, combined with superior Dunlop disc brakes all round and a choice of 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-liter XK engines, provided the discerning, string-back gloved, enthusiast driver with one of the finest sports saloons available in the 1960s. In its ultimate, 3.8-liter, overdrive-equipped form, the MkII could reach 125mph with 60mph coming up in 8.5 seconds, impressive figures for a saloon of its size even by today's standards.
Representing the Jaguar MkII in its ultimate 3.8-liter/overdrive configuration, this left-hand drive example was restored to a high standard over a decade ago. The rotisserie restoration, thoroughly documented in a photo album, resulted in a fine car that has mellowed slightly over the years but is showing very well. The quickest way to get five people moving in early 1960s style, this MkII is definitely required a accoutrement for the next Mad Men convention you attend!
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