1968 Jaguar 240 (Mark II) – rare manual, single family ownership from new.
The Jaguar Mk1 was introduced in 1955 to fill a gap in the model range of a small to medium sized luxury saloon. Initially introduced with a 2.4 litre 6 cylinder engine and later a 3.4 litre 6 cylinder engine this model was very successful with some 38,000 examples sold between 1955 and 1959. In 1959 the Mk2 was introduced and whilst visually similar at first glance the ‘new car’ had many improvements over its predecessor. In addition to the 2.4 litre and 3.4 litre engines the Mk2 was also offered with a 3.8 litre engine as used in the E-Type. Just over 80,000 Mk2’s were built from 1959 to 1967. The Mk2 was to be replaced by the XJ6, however, delays with this car resulted in Jaguar producing another series of the Mk2 which were designated as the 240 and 340 to fall into line with the nomenclature used with other models on offer at the time, specifically the 420. The 240 and 340 were built from 1967 to 1969 and almost 4,500 and 2,800 respectively of each model were built.
Oldtimer Australia is delighted to offer a 1968 Jaguar 240. This Australian delivered factory RHD example has the desirable manual transmission. This is a single family owned car that was delivered new in Adelaide by local Jaguar agent Bryson Jaguar and registered as RLK 888. Whilst the car is today registered in Queensland the original South Australian number plate is still with the car. Its first owner bought the car in 1968 as a retirement present at 61 years of age. He cherished the car and drove it literally to church, choir practice and golf until his death at the age of 94 in 2001. At that time the car had travelled approx 78,000 miles. From new the car was registered in both the owners and his son’s name and in 2001 the car was then brought to Brisbane. It was then repainted, re-upholstered together with new trimming and wood work at that time. Power steering was also then fitted.
Since that time the car has been essentially used as a daily driver and it has now travelled approximately 140,000 miles.
In recent times the car’s owner has spent a significant sum of money to bring the car up to a condition that his father would have been proud. The interior has been freshened up, which included the following: the car has been recarpeted, had the roof lining replaced, the front seats have been repaired and recoloured, the timber polished and the steering wheel refurbished. The car also had some body repairs and paint touch-ups, mostly in the boot.
Its current condition is ‘just lovely’. The car could be described as just like your favourite leather jacket “. . . well worn with just the right amount of patina.” The car starts easily and settles into a smooth idle. Out on the open road the engine revs willingly and the car performs as it should. The synchros are perhaps a little slow but the gearbox shifts up and down without any hesitation. The paintwork, chrome, trim and glass are all in very good condition. The cockpit is just fabulous and just how you would want it to be. The leather is in great condition with just the right amount of patina. There are no rips or tears. All of the timber is in good condition as is the interior trim and all of the instruments.
The colour combination of cream with the red interior is stunning and it is beautifully complimented by the ‘as new’ wire wheels.
The car is accompanied by a file of receipts for recent work undertaken, an owner’s manual, jack, tool kit and its original South Australian number plate.
Apart from the power steering the car is extremely original and its condition is a credit to its previous owners. It’s a pleasure to be able to offer such a lovely original and unmolested car.
The price is $32,500.
- Jaguar 240
- 40773 miles
- 2483 cc