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One of Jaguar's slogans in the early 1960's was 'Grace, pace and space' and arguably no model demonstrated this more than the Jaguar MKII 3.8. The Jaguar MKII was an elegant car and the MKII 3.8 in particular was very quick and was often described as the 'gentleman's express'. The MKII Jaguar is a powerful, good handling saloon car that came with a choice of three six cylinder twin cam engines, 2.4, 3.4 or 3.8 litre. The 3.8 unit used for this model was very similar to the 3.8 engine used in the E-Type having the same block, crankshaft, connecting rods and pistons but different inlet manifold and carburetion. The cylinder head of the six cylinder engine in the MKII had curved ports compared to straight ports of the E-Type. The MKII Jaguar 3.8 was capable of accelerating from 0-60 mph in 8.5 seconds and could reach a top speed of 125mph. The engine produced 220bhp and is still a quick car even by today's standards. Certainly when new, it was one of the quickest saloon cars you could buy in this country.
This smartly presented example is a South African export model, shipped out to South Africa semi-built during the 1960's. Many export models tended to use Ambler upholstery, preferred in warmer climates and often these export cars are found to be very original and solid on the body. On inspection we can confirm the car is structurally excellent and very original on the body. The underside looks totally original and sills and floors all appear untouched and totally solid. The engine bay and boot area also appear totally originally with the original Old English White paint still well presented. This MKII has clearly led a sheltered life and has not been exposed to the elements that cause the rust issues that are so often associated with the Jaguar MKII model.
The Jaguar has only been registered in the UK this year. We are told, but do not have history to support that the car had just one Doctor owner in South Africa and it arrived in the UK as a one owner car. We are told that whilst the car was only registered in the UK this year, it has been here for longer. It has clearly had a good quality re-paint at some stage over the past few years and the upholstery re-trimmed. The seats, door cards and carpets are exceptional and the headlining and woodwork appear original and in very good order. The car has some nice original qualities and with bright, fresh paintwork, chrome wire wheels and re-trimmed upholstery, this is a very attractive motor car.
On road this MKII Jaguar performs well with a fit, strong healthy 3.8 litre engine demonstrating excellent performance. The oil pressure reads well and there is no smoking or engine related issues. The all syncro gearbox is smooth with nice gear changes and the overdrive works perfectly. The Jaguar handles well and is fantastic on the road.
A very strong, original Jaguar MKII 3.8 that is ready to be enjoyed.