1968 – Jaguar Mk II 240

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1968 – Jaguar Mk II 240
Non-catalog addition Please note that the steering and front axle should be checked before driving. French registration Chassis n°IJ30518 One of 159 sold in France Well maintained and sound car Ideal first purchase for the collection Introduced in 1959, the Mark II was defined at the time as the fastest production saloon in the world. It was an evolution of the Mk I which was the first Jaguar monocoque saloon. The Mk II succeeds in making evolve an already very successful line, at the same time chic and sporting. The car is homogeneous, much more sporty than its elegant and cosseted line would suggest. The Jaguar Mk II was offered in three displacements: 2.4 l, 3.4 l and 3.8 l, with manual transmissions, with or without overdrive, or automatic transmissions, mainly for the United States. This model was marked by the development of some significant technical innovations. It was the first self-supporting car of the brand, with independent rear suspension and four-wheel disc brakes. The wider rear track than the Mk I improved the car's handling. The Mk II also arrived when the motorway network came into operation, allowing the car to cruise in comfort at over 160 km/h. Its luxury and interior comfort offered luxury and pleasure. When sales of the Mk II ran out of steam in 1967, Jaguar prolonged the model's existence by giving them new 240 and 340 badges, which were used as interim models until the introduction of the XJ6. The model we present is a Jaguar Mk II 240 first registered on October 1st 1968. Restored some ten years ago, this car was repainted in its Old English White colour and we note that, more recently, the rocker panels and side rails were also redone. The chromed wire wheels are shiny and the upholstery and carpets have also been redone (we noticed a defect on the driver's seat). Since this cosmetic restoration, our Jaguar has also benefited from a large mechanical revision. Compressions, water pump control, valves adjustment, radiator removal and treatment, complete ignition change, running gear, clutch, braking system, etc... The 6-cylinder engine is running very smoothly and takes its turns well. However, the future buyer will have to revise the steering, which proved to be very heavy and vague during our test drive. With only 159 units delivered by the French importer Royal Elysées, this 240 has become a very affordable rarity offering a unique price-pleasure ratio.
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