Although the MkI 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. The MkII’s performance was also made more impressive by three new engine options, all using the B type cylinder head. The power of the 2.4-litre was increased to 120bhp; that of the 3.4-litre to 210bhp; and the 220bhp Mark IX saloon’s 3.8-litre engine was fitted to a new top of the range model.
Notably, as well as being the most successful Jaguar then yet produced, the MkII was also an enormous hit with the criminal fraternity, perceived as the ultimate getaway car! In competition it was unbeatable too, driven by such greats as Mike Hawthorn, Stirling Moss, Ivor Bueb, Roy Salvadori Archie Scott-Brown and Don and Erle Morlev.
This particular example was built in 1962 and is finished in Gunmetal grey with red hide interior. It is powered by the largest of the engines fitted to the MKII, the legendary 3.8 which produced 220bhp.
Fitted with a manual gearbox and overdrive, this car is in the specification that is the most desirable of the MKII. To improve the drivability of this car, it was fitted with Cooper Craft disc brakes, power steering and an immobiliser. Described as being in excellent condition, this car is ready to be used and enjoyed this summer.