1963 JAGUAR MKII 3.4 SALOON
Registration No. Formerly 710 GBC
Chassis No. 1636 60 DN
Engine No. KJ 1148-8
Light blue with dark blue leather Interior
Engine: six-cylinder, twin overhead camshafts, 3,442cc, 190bhp at 5,750rpm; Gearbox four speed manual synchromesh with overdrive; Suspension: independent front and rear semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: servo discs all round. Right hand drive.
The MKII Jaguar was a brilliant face-lift of the original 2.4 and 3.4 MKI saloon and became the mainstay of Jaguar production during the 1960's with classic, uncluttered styling and compact dimensions 2.4 engine endowed the car with a respectable 120bhp. Other models became available, namely 3.4 litre and, at the top of the range, the 3.8 Litre. The model was Jaguar's first unitary construction car and by the time the MKII was announced in 1959 any earlier shortcomings had been smoothed out; the cars were both cheap to run and insure, offering excellent value for money.
From the original Manufacturer's Warranty we are able to establish that this car was originally supplied to Mrs Elias Sherwood of Newcastle upon Tyne though the Jaguar main agent in Leicester. Subsequent ownership history is fully documented by the original buff logbook.
In a letter from the supplying dealer Mrs Sherwood must have been annoyed when she took delivery, as the badges from her XK150 that was part exchanged against the MKII were not transferred. Mrs Sherwood retained the car for five years when it then past to Raymond Collins. Mr Collins owned the car for many years using the car sparingly, disposing of it in 1984. Rapid Motors then handled the sale of the car, selling the car to a Mr Howell for an astonishing £7,000. Mr Howell moved to the United States and being so fond of the car, took it with him. The vendor, having purchased the car from Mr Howell, showed the car extensively at a number of Jaguar meetings in America where it created a great deal of attention due to its originality.
With the mileage on the speedometer reading a mere 29,000 which we believe to be genuine due to the condition of the interior which can only be described as a time-warp, while still retaining all it's original features some 39 years later. The bodywork is in excellent condition, with all the panels fitting extremely well, being free of ripples and corrosion indicating that the car has never been apart. However there are areas of the paintwork that would benefit from attention due to some crazing.
This must represent a unique opportunity to purchase a 4-owner-from-new Jaguar,which has a continuous and lovely history, that has not been restored, which is so often the case.
The car comes complete with its original buff logbook, the original warranty card, handbooks, bills and correspondence over the years.
Before use in the United Kingdom, a registration number will have to be applied, with which Christie's would be delighted to assist the successful purchaser.