The 2.4 saloon of 1955 had been a major step for Jaguar, marking as it did the change from a coachbuilt chassis to one of unitary construction; it was a necessary move, however, Jaguar being aware there was a strong market for a more compact saloon than the big Mk IX. Powered by a 2,482cc version of the superb twin cam straight six XK engine first seen in the XK120 (which had already achieved four Le Mans victories), the 2.4 offered luxury, performance and value for money. Using coil spring/wishbone front and semi-elliptic spring rear suspension, it possessed fine road manners and proved a great success, both on and off the track, particularly when the Mk I, as it subsequently became known, became available with the 3.4 litre engine in February 1957.
It was in October 1959 that the Mk II version appeared, making a good car even better. Similar in appearance but with a much larger glass area, it boasted a wider rear track to improve roadholding together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all round disc rather than drum brakes. Engine options included the 120bhp 2.4 litre, the 210bhp 3.4 litre and, for the first time the 220bhp 3,781cc unit of the Mk IX.
Having enjoyed considerable success as a racing driver, most notably in Formula 1, John Coombs retired form racing to concentrate on running his Guildford-based Jaguar dealership. He race-prepared cars for himself and other drivers gaining particular success with the Mk 2 saloons, engineering considerably faster and more reliable cars than the standard examples.
The Mk 2 Jaguar on offer here is a close evocation of a Coombs Mk 2. Having enjoyed a nut and bolt restoration, the car is presented in Green with a very tidy tan interior. Its 4.2 litre automatic engine is described as being a joy to drive, a sublime combination between speed and comfort.