1966 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 Litre Sedan (manual with overdrive)
The Swallow Sidecar Company was founded in 1922 by William Lyons and William Walmsley. In 1934 Lyons formed SS Cars Limited to effectively take over the operation from Walmsley. The SS brand was quite successful; though they had a reputation for having ‘more show than go’. The Jaguar name first appeared as a model name on an SS 2½ Litre Sports Saloon introduced in 1936. For political reasons, Lyons changed the name of his company to Jaguar Cars in 1945.
Whilst the SS100 is indeed a fabulous car, it was with the launch of the legendary Jaguar XK120 at the London Motor Show in 1948 that really put Jaguar on the map. The car caused a sensation, which persuaded Jaguar founder and design boss William Lyons to put it into production. The XK120 morphed into the XK140 and ultimately the XK150 and in total, just over 30,000 cars were built over fifteen years of production.
In 1961 at the Geneva Motor Show Jaguar introduced the E-Type, which like the XK120 all those years ago, took the motoring world by storm. The body styling was simply gorgeous and technologically the E-Type was an engineering masterpiece and it set new standards in all areas.
Whilst automotive styling is somewhat subjective the E-Type is often ranked atop lists of ‘the most beautiful cars’ and in fact, it has been described by Enzo Ferrari as the most beautiful car ever made.
Jaguar could build sports cars but they were also very successful at building sports saloons. In 1955 the Jaguar Mk1 was introduced 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 was 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 for sale a 1966 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 Litre sedan. This UK delivered, factory RHD example has the desirable manual gearbox with overdrive.
This car has a Jaguar Heritage Certificate on file which confirms this factory RHD example was manufactured on the 7th December 1966 with a date of despatch of 4th January 1967. The original distributor is noted as Henleys London. The car’s original colour scheme was opalescent silver blue with a black interior. The car is confirmed as fully ‘matching numbers’ – chassis, engine, gearbox and body. This Jaguar Mk2 was originally registered in the UK as HYC786C. The original dealer and first owner are not noted.
The car’s early history is not known; however, it found its way to Australia and was purchased at auction by the car’s previous to current owner in 1992. He was a long time Jaguar enthusiast and the car was predominantly kept in storage and only used from time to time. Before the car was sold to its current owner it was understood to have been used sparingly in his later years if at all. The current owner acquired this Mk2 from the Classic Car Garage in Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast on the 16th of June 2014. At the time the odometer reading was 67,590 miles. The car joined an interesting stable of cars and its owner always had a soft spot for this Mk2. It was often the car selected for a Sunday morning drive or a trip to Cars & Coffee and it has travelled just over 5,000 miles in his four and a half years of ownership. Today the odometer reads 72765 miles.
In the last four and a half years the following work has been done to the car: new Federal tyres were fitted in 2014, front and rear seatbelts were fitted, the rear window rubber was replaced, the radiator was overhauled & the mounting bushes replaced, the gear shift bushes were replaced, the brakes were adjusted, the hand brake cable was adjusted & greased and the car serviced, including fluids changed. There are receipts on file totally in excess of $ 8.000.
Today this car presents and drives extremely well. The opalescent blue is ‘just stunning’ and suits the car perfectly. The car looks to have had an older repaint, however, the paint is still fresh and it has a strong depth of colour. There is the odd stone ship and imperfection evident, however, they do not detract from the overall appearance of the car. All of the chrome, external trim and the glass are also in very good condition. Inside, the cabin is ‘just a lovely place to be’. All of the upholstery, timber work, instruments and controls are in very good condition with only the carpets showing some signs of wear.
The automatic choke has been disconnected so it takes a little longer than one would normally expect to start the car, however, once the engine fires it does so on song. The car settles into a smooth idle quickly and it has a terrific exhaust note. Out on the open road, this cat performs as one would expect. The engine is happy at 2,000 rpm with the car cruising leisurely around suburbia, however, you always get the feeling it’s looking for a ‘game of cops and robbers’! So when asked to ‘go’, the car does so willingly and it pulls strongly through the range. The gearbox is smooth up and down the gears, the brakes pull the car up efficiently and the car handles well. The engine bay and boot also present very cleanly, consistent with the overall condition of the car.
Accompanying the car is a recent history file with receipts dating back to 2013, Service Manual, Spare Parts Catalogue and the Operating, Maintenance & Service Handbook. There is also a spare wheel, hammer and jack.
The car is currently registered in Queensland (as 65 MK2) with an expiry date of 04 March 2019, however, it is being sold unregistered.
– UK delivered factory right-hand drive example.
– One of the most desirable models of this type of Jaguar, being a Mk2 with the 3.4 litre engine mated to manual gearbox with overdrive.
– Fully ‘matching numbers’ car finished in its original and FABULOUS colour scheme of opalescent silver blue with a black interior.
– A great looking car with a real presence on the road.
– A well presented and fantastic car to drive.
This 1966 Jaguar Mk2 3.4 Litre Sedan with a manual gearbox and overdrive will be a great addition to a Jaguar collection or perhaps a fabulous entry level classic car.
- Jaguar Mk2 3.4 Litre sedan
- 72649 miles