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We are delighted to offer onto the market this very early Jaguar MKII 3.8 Automatic. This is an incredibly early car that was manufactured on the 23rd October 1959 and therefore retains some very early features such as the recessed sun visors and right hand positioned indicator stalk as per the MKI Jaguar. This is a very special car that has the most outstanding, top class bodyshell, only seen in the most rare top class original cars or high class, expensive restorations. To restore a MKII Jaguar to this standard today could well cost in excess of £100,000 and cars of this quality are very difficult to buy.
CSJ 343 was distributed from Jaguar Cars, New York and dispatched on the 20th November 1959. The first owner was F M Wolff and the car was ordered new with automatic transmission. During the 1990's the Jaguar was brought to the Netherlands and was subject of a magnificent, total rebuild commissioned by the cars Dutch lady owner. The MKII was professionally converted to right hand drive in Holland, in anticipation of the owner moving to Aberdeen where she set up several oil industry based Company's. In 2000 the Jaguar was UK registered and from 2000 to 2012 covered just 1000 miles. In 2012 the MKII picked up a prize at a major Scottish Jaguar Enthusiasts Club event and is a truly exceptional car in every respect.
Since 2012 the Jaguar has been in dry storage and has undergone a light re-commissioning programme in our workshops. Due to flat spots in the tyres, a brand new set has been fitted and the automatic gearbox has been fully overhauled and comes with a twelve month warranty. The Jaguar has been serviced with fresh oil and filters, new spark plugs and brakes have been cleaned, checked and are as new. The Jaguar has been road tested and holds superb, makers oil pressure and the 3.8 unit is in excellent order offering impressive performance. The BW gearbox has perfect, smooth changes and is one of the best we have experienced, the Jaguar is equipped with power steering which ensures the car is relaxing and somewhat effortless to drive. Having only covered in the region of 1000 miles since rebuild over sixteen years ago, the MKII is mechanically first class and is a true delight to drive.
As mentioned previously, the bodyshell is outstanding. The doors close perfectly, just as they would have when it left the factory in 1959. The panels are simply first class, totally straight with excellent gaps and the underside is outstanding and one of the best we have witnessed on a MKII. The Indigo Blue paintwork has a beautiful shine, so many years on from restoration and a brilliant finish is evident. The chrome work is of a very high standard and the engine bay is beautifully presented. The upholstery has been finished to the highest of standards with stunning re-furbished woodwork and high quality carpets and headlining. The seats have been trimmed with the highest quality leather and everything inside the car works correctly. The driving experience is further enhanced by such a luxerious, high quality interior that would cost in the region of £12000-£15000 to re-create considering the high costs in achieving woodwork to this standard. Every part of this vehicles highlights quality and this certainly has to be the very best Automatic MKII we have come across in 25 years of selling classic cars. This is a special car, and one to really drive and enjoy.