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1962 Jaguar Mk2 3.8 Manual O/D

Lot No.: 405

Registration: 150 DAJ
Chassis Number: 208909DN
Engine Number: LC3580-8
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3781
Year of Manufacture: 1962
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Estimate (£): 45,000 - 55,000
(+buyer's premium of 15% including VAT @ 20%)

 

  • Tastefully specified in Opalescent Bronze with cream leather, showing just 8,725 miles
  • Delightfully presented. The paintwork and chrome retain a deep shine. Always stored correctly
  • Offered with a substantial history folder containing original handbooks, service book, logbooks and heritage certificate
  • Cared for from day one, a lovely original car and probably the best unrestored Mk2 on the market today
150 DAJ was delivered new to its first excited owner on 15/10/62, tastefully specified in the fabulous period colour combination of Opalescent Bronze with a cream leather interior and matching sand coloured carpets. It was fitted with a manual gearbox with overdrive and was originally supplied with steel wheels which were later converted to chrome wires. The original owner was a pharmacist and, as he worked most of the week, the Jaguar was only used on Sundays and for the occasional holiday. Sadly he passed away in the late 1960s leaving his wife to continue looking after the car for a few more years until she too found herself unable to continue driving. She did however care for and keep the car until her passing after which the estate sold 150 DAJ into the trade. Classic Cars magazine ran the article on what was then and still remains a unique car, from here our vendor's family acquired her. Within the history folder is a letter from a neighbour who knew the original family and was there both when the car came home in 1962 and when the wife passed away, almost thirty years later. 


Our vendor became aware of 150 DAJ in the late 1990s through the article in Classic Cars magazine (copy on file) and decided to buy it for his father’s 60th birthday. His dad loved fast cars, had enjoyed two Mk2s in period, and subsequently owned a number of rather flamboyant motorcars (a Giallo Daytona Ferrari at the time must have been quite special), however, he would always refer to the Mk2 as ‘the one’. 

Today the car presents very well, beautifully, in fact, retaining a deep shine with excellent chrome, door shuts, door seals, and glass and even the boot looks like nothing has ever been in there. The seating is gently patinated, the work of 57 years but only 9,000 miles, and the interior exudes the warm feeling of a genuine classic with that quintessential smell that's a combination of leather, varnish, fuel and life, like 'Castrol R', impossible to describe but everyone knows it.  Our vendor informs us that the 'Jag' performs “without fault” and drives exactly as a low mileage Mk2 should, fast and tight. As you would expect from a car with such low mileage, it has been in storage for a fair proportion of the time, however, preserved correctly and looked after by marque specialists such as XK Engineering and Don Law, with a recent thorough check over by CMC who went through the car from bumper to bumper. With this history it will come as no surprise that 150 DAJ is accompanied by all the original owner’s documents, handbooks, service book, warranty card, etc as well as her original tools, fold out log book (and all modern versions since), a substantial history file and of course that article in Classic Cars. Pleasingly, in terms of authenticity, the original steel wheels are included. 

This consignor can not stress how good this car really is, the doors shut with a satisfying click, the car smells like a classic Jaguar, and it fires into life the very second you hit the starter button. I want to take this car home, and so shall you once you see it.
In the 60th anniversary year of the Mk2, we believe that 150 DAJ represents a remarkable opportunity and, in this condition and at this mileage, would be welcome anywhere.