The Jaguar Mk II saloon and the XK sports car dominated two sectors of the high performance car market in the early 1950s. In order to increase this share further, Jaguar developed a sporting medium-sized saloon. The resultant design was to be one of Jaguar’s most successful cars, the Mk I of 1955, which was subsequently updated to the Mk II in 1959.
This car, with the optional 3.8 litre 220bhp engine, was to be the ultimate Jaguar saloon. The Mk II range encompassed many important changes; larger windows enhanced the car’s appearance, the interior was vastly improved, the rear axle was widened and disc brakes were a welcome addition. There was a warning badge on the rear bumper denoting the exceptional stopping power these offered. MKII’s proved that in competition too they were virtually unbeatable in their class and were handled by the best known drivers of the day, including Roy Salvadori, Graham Hill and Jack Sears. These drivers produced some of the closest, most spectacular crowd-enthralling racing of the period in MKII’s.
This very early 1959 model was exported from new to Australia. It clearly lived in a very hot climate, as in 2001 much restoration work was completed to address damage caused by the intense sun. New seats were fitted, a new roof lining, and all wood was replaced. In additional a mechanical rebuild was undertaken. As a result the car is described now as being in generally excellent condition.
Finished in navy blue, with contrasting black interior, and offered with books and service history, what a great example of one of the original Super Saloons!