Although the Mk I was a great success, selling four times as many as the larger Jaguar saloons, Jaguar boss William Lyons was not content. He knew it could be improved.
Happily, virtually every aspect that had been criticised received attention in the new MkII range introduced in October 1959. These cars were to rank among the best loved Jaguars ever made and are today regarded as classics. There were some detail changes, including a redesigned interior that was more modern but retained the traditional Jaguar image.
Jaguar saloons led the field in production and touring car races during much of the 60s. Not surprisingly the quickest and most successful private entries came from John Coombs’ Jaguar dealership in Guilford. John Coombs had significant race experience and his dealership simply got it right for a fortunate few racing enthusiasts. Very early on that included Hill, Salvadori and Salmon.
This wonderful matching numbers Mark II was delivered new in 1962 to New York, USA, supplied from new with a desirable manual/overdrive gearbox. Pleasingly the Jaguar was finished in the colour scheme it still wears, ‘Opalescent Pearl Metallic’ with a beautiful red leather interior, and a delightful wood veneer dashboard.
The Jaguar stayed in the United States for many years before being imported into the Netherlands in 1996. The enthusiastic Dutch owner clearly loved his Jaguar, keeping it for over 20 years. More recently the Mark II enjoyed a comprehensive restoration to both bodywork and mechanicals, as such the bodywork is extremely straight with excellent panel gaps, and the underneath of the car is solid and rust free.
Properly sorted uprated Mark II Jaguars are wonderful classics for the enthusiastic driver, and this beautiful example in such an attractive colour scheme must rank as one of the very best we have seen.