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This outstanding Jaguar MKII 3.4 was manufactured on the 29th December 1965 and delivered from Henlys Limited, London to Tourist Trophy Garage, Farnham, Surrey. The Tourist Trophy Garage was owned by the family of the World Champion racing driver Mike Hawthorn. The Garage is an icon in the British racing fraternity and it was Leslie Hawthorn who set the business up with in 1931 when he arrived from Yorkshire with his wife Winifred and two year old son Mike. It was Farnham's proximity to Brooklands which brought the Hawthorns southward as Leslie Hawthorn was a keen racer. The garage soon built up a strong reputation for preparing racing motorbikes, selling cars and carrying out tuning and repairs.
FKJ 468C is a stunning example that has been rebuilt to a superb standard. From the vehicles Heritage Certificate we can see it is a matching numbers car with the engine and chassis numbers correct against the original data from 1965. This MKII also still retains its correct Moss four speed gearbox with overdrive. The Jaguar has covered less than 10,000 miles since restoration began in 2009 and comes with a file of invoices, recent MOT's and break down of recent work.
The body has been beautifully restored and stripped back to bare metal. The car was professionally painted in Gunmetal Grey, new rubbers fitted and the finish is exceptional. The panels are straight, the doors close superbly and the car presents wonderfully. The upholstery has been re-trimmed with new leather seats, door cards, carpets and finished off nicely with a wood rim steering wheel. Much of the chrome work has been renewed and wire wheels and tyres have been recently replaced. Mechanically the car is excellent and has recently been treated to an engine rebuild. The original 3.4 unit has been bored out to 3.8, 2x2 carburettors stripped, rebuilt and fitted and the gearbox and overdrive were stripped, inspected and re-fitted. The Jaguar has also had new brake discs and pads, new pipes and hoses, new petrol tank, fuel pump, electric thermostat fan and stainless steel exhaust fitted. An immobiliser and choke switch have also been fitted to the car.
On the road FKJ 468C is superb with a strong powerful engine offering fabulous performance. The gearbox feels superb, tight and correct. The MKII handles and brakes superbly and has a lovely exhaust note. The car is beautifully presented with a superbly detailed engine bay. The bulkhead and inner wings are excellent, the ancillaries are very smart and the engine is a very clean unit with lovely polished rocker covers. The boot area is very tidy, as is the spare wheel well and the overall detail of the car is very good. The underside is sharp, clean and well-presented and in excellent structural condition. This is a stunning looking example that drives superbly, presents beautifully and is ideal for regular weekend use, long distance touring and shows/rallies.