One of the greatest saloon cars of all time, the compact Jaguar MkII was launched to huge acclaim in 1959.
The top-of-the-range 3.8-litre model had stunning performance from its 220bhp straight-six engine and could embarrass most sportscars of the day, leaving them trailing in its 125mph wake. Keeping everything under control were servo-assisted disc brakes all round, coil-and-wishbone independent front suspension and a leaf-sprung Salisbury rear axle with optional limited slip diff. Inside was beautifully trimmed in walnut and leather in the finest Jaguar tradition.
A huge success on road and track, the MKII was quick to dominate contemporary saloon car racing in the hands of drivers like Stirling Moss and Roy Salvadori. The entry level model was the 2.4-litre which was virtually identical in every way to the 3.8 apart from the smaller engine.
Although the 2.4 is often unkindly thought of as being a trifle underpowered, in reality it performed well for the period being capable of a genuine 100mph and was only shown up against its brawnier 3.4 and 3.8 siblings – although some would argue that the lighter engine gave it better handling.
First registered in November 1967, this dark blue example is a late 240 model which had slimline bumpers and an Ambla, rather than leather, interior in order to cut costs. Making up for this was a new straight port head, new inlet manifold and new HS6 SU carbs which raised the power of the 2.4-litre engine from 120bhp to 133bhp with more torque to boot.
The car has had just three owners from new and although there is precious little history, it has clearly been very well looked after with excellent panel gaps, glossy paintwork and a very smart red interior. A stainless steel exhaust system has been fitted, along with chrome wire wheels for a more sporting look.
The vendor acquired the car in 2012 and has used it only lightly, eight old MOTs (all with no advisories) showing that it has only covered some 2,000 miles in the last eight years. It is showing only 77,077 miles on the clock but there is insufficient documentary evidence to warrant this total.
Invoices on file show that the carburettors were rebuilt in 2014 and the brakes were overhauled in 2012 with various new pipes and hoses and rebuilt front calipers. Said to run and drive well and certainly running very smoothly and quietly as we moved it around for these photos, it has an MOT until April 2018 with no advisories recorded.