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A delightful Jaguar Mk2 2.4 Litre with two family owners and 51,025 miles.
Integral body-chassis construction, Zone toughened windscreen, chromium plated window frames, semi wrap-around rear window, front and rear quarter lights, sealed beam headlamps and fog lamps, Jaguar growler front grill, leaping Jaguar bonnet ornament, rear number plate lamp shroud with Jaguar lens, counter-balanced boot lid, ammeter, oil pressure gauge, revolution counter, starter button, panel light switch, rear central armrest, picnic tables to rear, labelled toggle switches, cigar lighter, twin windtone horns. Factory options; Laycock de Normanville overdrive. Dealer accessories; ‘His Masters Voice’ push-button radio.
Built in late 1966 towards the end of the production run of the Jaguar Mk2 and prior to the introduction of the first XJ6, this luxurious Jaguar MKII is finished in the original colour of Opalescent Silver Grey. The paintwork presents beautifully with a deep uniform shine and high polished finish. The elegant curvaceous shape of this iconic model can be fully appreciated with the all panels straight and free from damage other than a minor defect to the top of the passenger front wing. The extensive high-quality chrome finishers are undamaged and in excellent order with only very light aging evident upon close scrutiny. Advocates for originality will note Lucas light fitments and lenses including the Jaguar rear number plate lamp and small side lights incorporated into the front wings which show some discolouration to the lenses. The original rubber trim sections are showing age related deterioration. A magnificent classic Jaguar, a true British Icon.
The Dunlopillo foam rubber seat cushions covered in Ambla leather hide in rich Red is well preserved with the leather fully intact and soft, and displaying only light aging. The superbly comfortable split bench front seats have the beautifully machined jaguar seat belt clasps and a sense of occasion surrounds the occupants on every journey! Luxury tufted carpets over thick felt underlay, full matching door dressings and soft velvet headlining are all intact with the headlining showing some discolouration. The handcrafted polished figured walnut instrument panel features a plethora of ornate and fully functioning Smiths gauges and toggle switches, each individually labelled with complete words, as abbreviations and symbols just won’t do! The original Bakelite steering wheel with Jaguar Growler Emblem and horn ring is a work of art. Incredibly, the windscreen mounted running in guide has remained fitted to delight originality seekers along with the chrome Lucas rear view mirror. Reminiscent of a bygone luxury motoring age, even the leather and wood scent will ignite fond nostalgia.
ENGINE & TRANSMISSION
The 2.4 litre Jaguar XK engine is the factory fitted unit and is therefore matching numbers. Featuring the correct twin SU HS6 semi-downdraught carburettors and dual exhaust system, output is quoted at 133bhp at 5500rpm. The engine bay is very clean and the information on the vehicle build plate to the nearside inner wing match exactly to the vehicle records found on the Heritage Certificate. The manually operated four-speed all-synchromesh gearbox changes gear smoothly with no slip but a high biting point and features factory optional Laycock de Normanville overdrive.
WHEELS, TYRES & BRAKES
Pressed steel bolt-on disc wheels are coloured coded and dressed in the original embellishers and Jaguar hubcaps, and five matching quality Vredestein Sprint ST 185 SR15 are period style fitment with excellent tread. The spare wheel is housed in the lower boot floor complete with the very rare original toolkit in the fitted and lined container. Self-adjusting disc brakes to all four wheels with quick change pads and vacuum servo assistance have benefitted from a recent overhaul. Very advanced for the era.
Built on the 14th September 1966 at the Jaguar Plant in Coventry, a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate dated 19th June 2018 confirms this example is factory perfect in every respect.
Despatched to the supplying dealer, Mann Edgerton on the 31st October 1966 and first registered on the 17th March 1967. Incredibly, the car has remained in the ownership of just two families, all fully traceable in the impressive history file. The first owner is confirmed in both copies of the original buff log book and Heritage Certificate as a Mr Frank Gee, who purchased the car through his company FA & E Gee Ltd before selling to family member Reginald Gee in June 1977. A used car sales invoice from October 1979 confirms the purchase by the next owner, Dr Alfred McKenzie, for the sum of £3,450.00, at which time the car had covered 31,218 miles. Incredibly the car remained in the ownership of Dr McKenzie for 37 years, and only upon his passing has ownership transferred to his son, Colin McKenzie.
The history file features a comprehensive record of servicing and maintenance including most notably many invoices from respected specialist, David Wall Vintage and Classic Cars, totalling thousands of pounds and dating back to 1991. The original vehicle handbook and point of sale literature have been kept along with a large fold-out maintenance chart, RAC running-in sign and Jaguar Driver’s Club correspondence. This matching numbers example having covered just 51,025 miles benefits from very unusual fully traceable ownership from new and will continue to delight the next deserving keeper.
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