22 May 1997
1967 JAGUAR MKII 2.4
Chassis No. 128 388 DN
Old English white with navy blue leather interior.
Engine: six cylinder in-line, twin overhead camshaft, 2483cc, 133bhp, twin SU carburettors; Clutch: single plate; Gearbox: four-speed synchromesh with overdrive; Suspension: independent front, cantilever leaf springs to live rear axle; Brakes: servo-assisted discs all round. Left-hand drive.
The 1960's was a period of great change at the Jaguar factory as the post-war generation of cars was phased out. The old XK range was superseded by the E-type in 1962 and the compact, large-engined MKII saloons gave way to the XJ6 in 1968.
The 2.4 and 3.4 versions of the MKII continued in production, until they too disappeared some two years later. They had changed little in appearance since the first 2.4 was introduced back in 1955, although the cabin, with larger screens and windows, was much more airy. Frontal treatment too was tidied up with a reversion to the small circular chromed grilles of the original 2.4 and slimmer bumpers. They were the last compact saloons styled by Sir William Lyons' and have become much sought after collector's items, their rarity - only some 4,200 of the 240 were built - enhancing their appeal.
This Jaguar was sold to a first owner in Switzerland, who traded it in with a dealer against one of the new XJ6 models. The present owner purchased it from the same dealer in 1972. Presented as a genuine and unrestored two-owner car, with a history known from the very beginning, it has been maintained by a competent and knowledgeable owner. In keeping with its background, it shows just a tracee of corrosion by one rear wheel arch and has been treated against rust. There is a sunroof, the original radio and owner's manuals. The interior, and most importantly the wood capping and other trim, are described as in excellent condition.
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