1965 JAGUAR MARK II 3.4 SALOON
Registration Number: OVW 505D
Chassis Number: 170007DN
Recorded Mileage: c.12,000 miles (unwarranted)
- Matching numbers example, finished to original specification
- Low ownership, comprehensive history file including many restoration photos
- Upgraded five-speed Guy Broad gearbox
- Desirable options of high ratio axle, Reutter reclining seats and a stainless exhaust
Although the Mk I was a great success, selling four times as many as the larger Jaguar saloons, Jaguar boss William Lyons was not content. He knew it could be improved. Happily, virtually every aspect that had been criticised received attention in the new MkII range of October 1959. Similar in appearance but with a much larger glass area, the Mark II boasted a wider rear track to improve road holding, together with minor front suspension changes to reduce body roll and all round discs rather than drum brakes. Engine options included the 120bhp 2.4 litre, the 210bhp 3.4 litre and, for the first time the 220bhp 3,781cc unit of the Mk IX.
Jaguar saloons led the field in production and touring car racing during much of the 1960s. Not surprisingly the quickest and most successful private entries came from John Coombs’ Jaguar dealership in Guildford. John Coombs had significant race experience and his dealership simply got it right for a fortunate few racing enthusiasts. Very early on that included Hill, Salvadori and Salmon.
This attractive Mark II rolled off Jaguar’s Browns Lane production line in late November 1965, finished in Opalescent Silver blue with Dark Blue leather interior trim. Other desirable features of our car include rare Reutter reclining front seats, a high ratio differential, heated rear window, a stainless-steel exhaust system and chromed wire wheels.
The Jaguar has clearly been enjoyed by its owners over the years with the first keeping the car until 1980, and the second for a further 10 years (using it for regular family holidays to Switzerland). In new ownership during the 1990s the Mark II was dry-stored for 6 years, later to be treated to a high quality glass-out repaint in the original colour. The paintwork still presents well, with minor signs of micro-blistering in localised areas due to storage. More recently the Mark II has been maintained by leading specialist Guy Broad. In his care the superior five-speed gearbox was fitted, giving a steady 90mph cruising speed at around 3000rpm. With a recent c. £2,000 Guy Broad service, the car is ready to go.
In the care of just five owners from new, and supplied with a comprehensive file of invoices, most previous MoT certificates dating back to 1969, Heritage Certificate and a large selection of photographs of the previous restoration, this is a very genuine example for the enthusiastic classic car driver.