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 1960’s. 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 fabulous 3.4 litre example was despatched when new in July 1962, finished in opalescent grey with a red leather interior. In long term ownership for many years, the Mark II enjoyed much mechanical, bodywork and trim restoration work in the late 1990s. This includes a bodywork restoration and refinish by R.S. Coachworks and a retrim in soft wine red leather, supported by bills for many thousands of pounds.
In current ownership the car has been extremely well maintained by a former F1 race engineer, with no stone left unturned. It is estimated that £30,000+ has been spent on various improvements, which have included a full rewire, partial refinishing to the paint, attention to the engine and cooling, also brakes and suspension. The vendor has confirmed the car is in everyday use and is driving superbly well in modern traffic conditions, fitted with new stainless steel exhaust and power steering.
Offered with a comprehensive history file, a new MOT certificate with no advisories, and much recent expenditure, this is a beautifully sorted, fabulous driving gentleman’s express.