1965 JAGUAR 3.4 'S'-TYPE SALOON
Registration No. JD 5924
Chassis No. PLB 3997 BW
Engine No. 7B 4623/8
Opalescent blue with blue leather interior
Engine; six cylinders in-line, twin overhead camshafts, 3,442cc, producing 210bhp at 5,500 rpm; Gearbox; three-speed automatic; Suspension: independent front coil-springs and wishbones and rear by coil springs and telescopic damper units; Brakes: four-wheel hydraulic disc. Right hand drive
Following a long line of sporting saloon production from the earliest beginnings through the pre-war SS Cars and subsequent post-war developments, the Jaguar 'S' type was almost the last in the line of what may be considered a true sports-saloon by this long-established manufacturer. It still used the well-proven trusted 3.4 litre power unit that had revolutionised the sportscar market in the XK120 back in 1949 and continuously developed over two decades installed in all the model range. Jaguar had managed to produce a performance car with looks to match, with a quality of finish that was much admired and always available at a price that offered excellent value for money. As befits the luxury end of the market an option of automatic transmission was available using the very efficient Borg-Warner three speed unit, which still delivered the power without much performance loss through the transmission.
This particular car was delivered through the main London Agents Henleys to a Commissioner of the Police based at Scotland Yard, and two years later it was purchased by the second owner, having little use for a year, following which it was then put into storage and unused for the next 30 years! It was acquired by descent by a member of the same family in 1997, who commissioned Classic Coachbuilders of Sittingbourne, Kent to commence the painstaking restoration of the car, in order to return it to its former glory. During this operation expenditure has exceeded £35,000 in which every detail aspect has been renovated or renewed. The mileage before restoration started was 41,000 and after a complete engine overhaul a further 500 miles only have been driven. During this refurbishment, some modifications have been incorporated in order to facilitate driving in todays crowded conditions. These include cylinder head and timing changes to run on lead-free petrol, gearbox to column-change operation, alternator replacing dynamo, electronic ignition and fuel pumps, oil-cooler fitted, modern Jaguar power-steering, up-rated anti-roll bar, road-springs and dampers, modern brake-servo unit and wider rim chromed wire wheels. All of which modifications have been carried with the utmost sympathy to the original aspects of the car so the car still remains true to its authentic concept. The interior too has been the subject of further specialist restoration with complete re-upholstery in leather, with matching carpets and trim, and all woodwork veneered in figured walnut to the utmost discerning standards. Further internal improvements include upgrade of the radio to receive FM transmissions. The bodywork has undergone a full bare-bones' restoration, all rusted panels replaced, whilst paint-work has been resprayed in Jaguar opalescent blue, as a personal option from the original Warwick grey and a full-length 'Webasto' sunroof is fitted. The interior trim, originally specified in blue, has been reupholstered with new leather and is a fittingly appropriate match. The presentation to concours standards is completed by the restoration of all brightwork to the same impeccable display condition. A detailed folio of photographs during restoration is available together with a listing of all expenditure and restoration costs. This is accompanied by a Daimler-Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, current V5 document and a long MoT certificate.
Here, we are pleased to offer this sporting saloon, which is a car with excellent ownership history, genuine low mileage and is beautifully presented and ready for all motoring conditions. Nearly 40 years old but having scarcely covered an average of 1,000 miles a year. A finer example would be hard to find.