Introduced in September 1967, the 2.4-litre 240 and 3.4-litre 340 were the ultimate developments of the immensely successful Jaguar Mk2 sports saloon. Intended as new base models, the 240 and 340 were barely distinguishable from each other, and differed from the final Mk2s by virtue of their Ambla upholstery (leather was now an option), slimmer bumpers and the absence of built-in fog lamps. Only the 240 differed significantly from its 2.4-litre Mk2 predecessor, gaining a more-powerful version of the XK six. The latter was fitted with a 4.2-litre-type straight-port cylinder head, twin SU carburettors and a dual exhaust system. The result was an increase in maximum power from 120 to 133bhp and a big improvement in performance; top speed increasing from 96 to 106mph, while the 0-60mph time was cut to 12.5 seconds. Only the 240 lasted, albeit briefly, into the XJ6 era, the 340 having been axed on the latter's introduction in September 1968. Although ultimately not as fast as its larger-engined siblings, the 240 possesses all the style and refinement associated with Jaguar's classic saloon; able to cruise comfortably in present-day traffic on motorways, the '2.4' is also cheaper to insure and capable of delivering superior fuel consumption.
This particular Jaguar 240 was purchased by the current vendor at Bonhams' Harrogate sale in November 2008 (Lot 676). The then owner had advised us that the speedometer was changed on 20th August 2005 (at which time the odometer displayed a total of 48,957 miles) while the reading at time of sale was 26,076, making a total of approximately 75,000. A desirable manual/overdrive-equipped model, the car is presented in generally very good condition and offered with a quantity of expired MoT certificates and Swansea V5. Chromed wire wheels, wing mirrors, badge bar, chromed 'GB' badge and a radio/cassette player are the only notified deviations from factory specification. Kept in museum storage since acquisition, the car will require re-commissioning prior to further use.