luxurious and sporty, the Jaguar Mk2 is the second-generation of the British
automaker’s refined passenger cars, which were arguably the seminal modern
sports sedans, establishing the standard of style, comfort and performance for
years to come.
The Pick of the Day is a particularly special example of the 4-door “saloon,” a 1961 Jaguar Mk2 with very low mileage and presented in factory-original condition, according to the Marietta, Georgia, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
“We are proud to offer what we believe to be one of the lowest
mileage examples of a Jaguar Mark II 3.8 Saloon to be found,” the dealer says
in the ad. “This matching-numbers car is
equipped with all of its original major components, engine, head, transmission,
chassis and body.
“This incredible motorcar has been driven just 17,232 ‘actual’ miles from new. Current owner purchased in 1977 from the original owner with just 11,500 miles on it at that time.”
That’s a bit
of magic for this lovely 58-year-old sedan, which apparently spent most of its
life just standing around. The Jaguar
looks incredibly well-preserved in the gallery of photos, and it is outfitted
with such desirable features as wire wheels and a manual 4-speed transmission
with electric overdrive.
The materials used in these cars were always first rate, and this one is “finished in classic Old English White with Dark Blue Connolly leather seating, English burled-walnut wood dash/trim and Wilton wool carpeting in its interior.”
provided by a race-bred 3.8-liter inline-6 engine that outputs 220 horsepower,
making the car capable of zero-to-60 sprints of 8.5 seconds and a top speed of
125 mph. These cars dominated sedan
championship racing during that era, but their performance also made them
attractive for darker purposes.
“It was no wonder then that the Mk2 quickly became the preferred getaway car for London gangsters (matched in short order by the police in their stripped 3.8s) in the Swinging Sixties,” the dealer notes.
As well as engine power, the Mk2 boasts a tuned suspension and disc brakes, making it a highly maneuverable road car – truly a sports car for the family man or woman. The interiors are lusciously appointed and yes, there are hinged picnic trays for the back seat.
The asking price for the unmolested, low-mileage Mk2 is $39,500. As the seller points out, this Mk2 would fit well into the Preservation Class at Jaguar Club of North America concours events.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.