1963 Jaguar MKII 3.8 Saloon
Chassis no. P219796BW
Engine no. LB9192-9
3,781cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
220bhp at 5,500rpm
3-Speed Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes
*Desirable, powerful 3.8-liter model
*Rare and attractive color combination
*Expert restoration by Classic Showcase
*Matching numbers example
*DVD of restoration process included
The Jaguar MKII 3.8
"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 MKII 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 rev counter 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.
The Motorcar Offered
The ultimate iteration of the MKII, this particular car is a matching numbers example that presents in the exact same color combination that it wore from new. Confirmed by its Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate as being a factory left-hand-drive 3.8-liter car, this example was completed on December 18, 1961 and dispatched eleven days later to distributor Jaguar Cars New York, where it was later titled as a 1963. Finished in Opalescent Dark Green over a Beige interior, the MKII would travel west to find its first owner, recorded as a Mr. Gene D. Stretch of Edmonds, Washington.
With two long-term private owners from new this car has enjoyed the care of keepers who clearly thought of it as something special which, with its powerful top-of-the-line 3.8-liter motor, it certainly is. The car is reported by the vendor to run and drive very well, with a history of proper maintenance during its lifetime. In recent years, the MKII was treated to a professional restoration by the Jaguar specialists at Classic Showcase; during the restoration, mechanical systems were gone through and restored or replaced as needed. The MKII was fitted with a stainless steel exhaust system, and an aluminum radiator for improved cooling.
The body, resplendent in the attractive and rarely seen shade of Opalescent Dark Green, was carefully disassembled and then received primer, base coat, clear coat and finally, color sanding and buffing to result in the stunning finish seen today. New rubber and seals were installed, while new leather interior, panels and new carpets were custom made, fitted and installed. The signature interior wood trim has been restored, while the glass, instruments, hubcaps, and working original AM/FM radio are all original components. Even the original keys and jack remain with the Saloon today. Accompanied by a DVD of the restoration process documenting the extensive work performed by Classic Showcase, this is a striking MKII with the best power plant, in great colors. For the Jaguar purist who wishes to bring some friends along for the ride, it is perhaps the ideal choice.