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Having being launched in 1962, the S'Type slotted into the Jaguar range between the MKII and MKX. Two XK engineered models were available, the 3.8 from launch, and the 3.4 from 1964. Derived from the Mark II, the S-Type featured a longer, flatter roofline with a more upright rear window and a restyled rear end.
This improved interior space and provided a more capacious and practical luggage compartment. The revised front end styling comprised new grille, cowled headlights, recessed spotlamps and wrap round flashers. Both 3.4 and 3.8 engines were shared with Mark 2, as was the front suspension. However, Independent rear suspension (derived from the E-TYPE and Mark X) by coil-springs and with a separate mounting frame, gave S-Type class-leading ride and handling characteristics and exceptional refinement. Both models were available with a four-speed manual gearbox, with optional overdrive and optional three speed Borg Warner automatic.
This particular example has exceptional bodywork, with excellent door shuts and panel alignment. The bodywork has been carried out to a very high standard, and the paintwork matches the level of quality. The upholstery appears to be completely original, with blue leather and a walnut dash. After forty years, the leather is still acceptable but obviously far from perfect. The S'Type has a lovely sounding engine with good oil pressure, and the automatic gear change is still perfect making this a real pleasure to drive.