|By the late 1950’s Jaguar were a force to be reckoned with after several wins at Le mans and already producing great cars such as the XK range.
The Mark 2 was another William Lyons masterpiece with its compact sports saloon body and range of powerful six cylinder race bred engines.
It was launched in 1959 and was light years ahead of the competition in terms of performance, handling and indeed looks.
This stunning first year of production Old English White example was supplied new to Australia and there is a suggestion she was involved in some club racing at some point.
She returned to Blighty in 2001 having been modified and restored to Coombs specification in addition many sensible upgrades were also integrated also carried out in the UK.
Specification is as follows:
Balanced 4.3 litre Jaguar engine with triple webers,straight port head,lightweight flywheel,six branch manifold,big bore stainless exhaust providing around 250 bhp
Power rack and pinion steering
Five speed gearbox
Updated disc brakes including XJ servo and pedal box
Front and rear upgraded suspension with coil over springs
Jaguar electric multi adjustable front seats inc lumbar
6.5 ” Chrome wires with 205/15 tyres inc spare
Updated radiator and electric Kenlowe fan
Custom built free flow stainless steel exhaust
Limited slip differential
There is a lovely history file with many invoices,mots and original booklets and info for many years of ownership.
She has been continually maintained to a very high standard and only top specialists have carried out the ongoing maintenance.
So as well as the spectacular “Coombs” appearance and immaculate condition what is she like to drive compared to a standard spec version ?
Having driven many Mk2s for the past 35 years this is the most sorted and quickest I have ever experienced providing secure handling and braking with an amazingly powerful engine and quick change gearbox.
She is not for the faint hearted though with masses of torque meaning an exciting drive whenever you unleash the power !
She has recently been recommissioned and fully serviced at a cost of £7000 and is ready to be used and enjoyed
To replicate a similar car today would cost well in excess of £100,000 so this one is great value and a sure fire investment which you can enjoy in modern traffic with complete confidence.