Although the Mark 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 Mark II 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 extremely well presented Mark II Jaguar is fitted with the most desirable specification of the 3.8 litre motor coupled to a manual (with overdrive) gearbox. The Mark II runs and drives very well, especially so with the fitted overdrive and power steering.
Finished in British Racing Green with a grey Connolly leather interior and offered with Dutch registration documents and previous invoices for works completed, this is a fine example of the original modern sports saloon.