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Technical specifications

Item location:
Santa Monica, California, United States
Tan Leather
Carmen Red
Engine size:
3.8L 6 cylinder
Number of cylinders:
Drive type:
Interior color:
Biscuit Tan
Leather Seats
Vehicle Title:
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West Coast Classics are proud to present a cherished example of this restored and simply stunning 1961 Jaguar Mark II 3.8L Sports Sedan with just under 4K miles on the rebuild and full ground up restoration! The car originally had a 3.4L engine which was upgraded to the current and more powerful 3.8L twin cam straight six engine some years ago. As any enthusiast will confirm, estoring any Mark II is an expensive proposition due to the complexity of the car's structure and the skill required to lead joints and smooth imperfections and this restoration was second to none. The car also boasts a correct original 4 speed manual Moss Box unit transmission with overdrive as opposed to the standard 5 speed conversions installed and plentiful in many of these restored cars. Many hours were obviously invested in this particular car's restoration by a renown restorer with parts receipts and records available and the car would have to be considered still in close to concours condition with only some 4K miles on the build and with work completed including:
Rebuilt 3.8L engine with 50lbs at speed & no leaks
New clutch
New shocks
New wiring harness
Instruments cleaned & calibrated
New body rubber
New 'Carmen Red' paint
New Avon tires
Wood refinished
New 'Bartlett' leather
New carpets
New headliner
Optional factory recliner seats
Optional fog lights
Correct original tool kit in spare wire wheel
Chrome wire wheels
Wood steering wheel
Center console
Dual side view mirrors
The Jaguar Mark 2 (II) is a sports sedan which was built from the years 1959 to 1967 by Jaguar in Coventry, ngland as a successor to the Jaguar 2.4L and 3.4L models which were manufactured between 1957 and 1959. These earlier models later became known as the Jaguar Mark I following the release of the Mark II in 1959. The Mark II is a beautiful, ast and legendary sports saloon, r sedan as referred to in the U.S. and it came with a 120HP 2.4 L engine, 10HP 3.4 L engine or a 220HP 3.8 L Jaguar XK engine similar to the Series I XKE or E-Type having the same block, rank, onnecting rods and pistons but different inlet manifold and carbs, ith only two SU's instead of three SU's as on the E-Type in Europe and therefore 30HP less. The head of the six-cylinder engine in the Mark II had curved ports compared to the straight ports of the E-Type configuration and both the 3.4 and 3.8L cars were fitted with twin SU HD6 carbs. Nevertheless the performance of these small, harp, ight sedans was nothing less than legendary with the Mark 2 gaining a reputation as a capable get away car amongst criminals and law enforcement alike with the 3.8 L model being particularly fast with its 220 HP engine driving the car from 0-60 mph in under 8.5 seconds and with a top speed of 125 mph, aking it faster than 80% of all other contemporary two seater sports cars and with the car still having enough room for five adults! They were employed by the British Police to patrol the British motorways (Freeways!) The Mark 2's body lines, erived from the Mark 1, roved sufficiently popular over time to provide an inspiration for the Jaguar S-Type introduced in 1999. The original S-Type has always proved less fashionable or desirable and consequently less valuable than the Mark II and therefore less have survived or been restored.
Certain milestone cars not only epitomize their genre or era, hey create them. So it was with the Jaguar Mark II, he quintessential sports sedan. The Mark I had been launched in 1955 to cater to what Sir William Lyons, known with affection as 'Mr Jaguar' and the co-founder of 'Jaguar Cars Limited', dentified as the 'Sporting Compact Market'. He figured that there was a demand between the larger and more excessive Mark VII sedan and the XK140 fixed-head coupe or roadster and he was right! Demand for power in the Mark II increased the engine size in the new models from 2.4L to 3.4L and eventually to the awesome 3.8L engine which was the same 'B' head model as the Mark IX producing 220HP instead of the even faster straight port three carb version fitted to the new XK150S with 265HP and later fitted to the XKE or E-Type in 1961. With gorgeous styling to match its performance the model was an instant hit. The car boasted polished burl walnut trim and fragrant leather upholstery and luxurious wool carpeting and an enlarged glass area - particularly the side windows which lost the thicker pillars of the Mark I and a new wraparound rear window enhanced both visibility and aesthetics no end. The rear wheel skirts became cutaway spats and the grille was revised with an enlarged center rib housing the flashy Jaguar badge! As before a large leaping Jaguar mascot adorned the hood. Lighting was improved with sidelights atop the front fenders and larger tail-lights were at the rear.
With a selling price well into the range of a new Cadillac sedan in the U.S., he Mk II was an affluent car to own and Mark II's acquitted themselves in saloon car racing almost uncontested, true to Jaguar's formidable racing heritage, ntil the Americans led by Dan Gurney and Jack Sears brought their massive Chevy Impala and Ford Galaxie V8's over to Europe. The Mark II became renown as a real driver's car which explains its popularity as a Police car and its reputation as a getaway car in numerous film and TV stories! With most of these cars having been neglected over the years or rusted beyond repair to find an example like this one is most certainly a rare find. The Mark II was the most refined of all Jaguar sedans, nd indeed any other of its contemporary's of its day and was Jaguars first over-engineered monocoque bodies with slimmer pillars and a ton of chrome giving it a much lighter appearance.
As confirmed by the car's 'Jaguar Heritage Certificate' this particular model was originally delivered in August 1961 to a Mr G.M Heseldin of the Netherlands and fitted with rare factory options including a 4 speed manual transmission with Overdrive, og lights, adio and wire wheels and the car still has its original spare wheel and jack and tools located in their original compartments in the trunk. The interior of the original Mark II's boasted bucket seats in front with traditional English fold-down tea trays in their rears. The fascia was neatly arranged with instrumentation right in front of the driver with a row of secondary gauges and toggle switches lined up impressively in the leather grained center of the dash and the automatic gear selector was installed on the column. The Mark II was discontinued in September 1967
We recently purchased the car with all the original restoration documentation and the car has always obviously always been garaged and covered since having been restored, nd so rare for these cars there is absolutely no signs of any history of any rust and no signs of any accidents. It has been restored in this most striking of colors with the beautifully restored supple tan 'Bartlett' leather and burled walnut interior still showing as new - not a completely concourse example, s it now has some 4K miles since having been restored, ut close and boasting true pride of ownership!
The car drives as new, uperb in every sense and extremely rare for one of these cars with the Moss manual gearbox correctly selecting all the gears, ncluding reverse, hich as any enthusiast will confirm is a lottery in most unrestored or original Moss transmissions, hich generally need a sympathetic and experienced hand to avoid wrong slotting! There is no noise from the rear axle or rear end and there are obviously no signs of any smoke and no noticeable oil leaks. During the ground up restoration, ll the original chrome was re-chromed, very expensive proposition for anyone considering doing so with the Mazak castings on many items being near impossible to re-chrome properly.
A generally accepted principle when buying one of these classic British cars is to buy the best example you can afford, ith evidence of a quality restoration having already been performed, s the cost to do it oneself will prove absolutely exorbitant for most buyers. This is therefore obviously an extremely rare opportunity to own a beautifully and correctly restored example with only some 4K miles since being restored of a 1961 Jaguar 3.8L Mark II with the highly desirable and satisfyingly correct original Moss box 4 speed manual transmission with O/D (with the left up and forward for reverse position) and chrome wire wheels on correct Avon tires - a perfect addition to any British car collection or an obvious choice for the Jaguar enthusiast!
Such elegance, uxury, ower and pace - the Mark II is more than just the greatest Jaguar sedan ever built, ts probably the greatest British sports sedan ever built!
Chassis # 177407DN. Engine: DOHC 3.8L/220 bhp Inline 6 # LA2945-8 (Originally a 3.4L #KH1041-9). Transmission: 4 speed with Overdrive #GBN52070JS. Body # E049048.
For further information contact West Coast Classics through Ebay or on 310-399-3990 during regular California business hours.
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