The Silverstone Classic Sale 2017

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1963 Jaguar Mk.II 3.8 Manual O/D

Lot No.: 703

Registration: A868 TAG
Chassis Number: 209631DN
Engine Number: LC4856-8
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3781
Year of Manufacture: 1963
Sold for (£): 31,000

This lovely Mk.II Jaguar left Browns Lane in November 1962 in right-hand drive form and was shipped to Africa where it was sold new to Scotford Mills Ltd. in early 1963 by the Southern Rhodesian distributor, Sagers.  It was originally finished in Opalescent Gunmetal but now wears a handsome coat of Masons Black paint no doubt applied when the Coombs style upgrades were added to the car in the period from 2012-2014.

Discovered in 2015 by our vendor, who lives six months of each year in South Africa, in the Gauteng Province (sufficiently inland to be certain of a significantly dry car) this Mk.II had already been modified and personalised to enhance its drivability and exclusivity. These modifications include Jaguar 420 power steering, electric windows, electric mirrors, new leather upholstered electric touring seats, a modern Kenwood radio and speakers in bespoke door cards, Garmin sat-nav built-in to the dashboard, an uprated cabin cooling system but, of course, retains the original manual gearbox with overdrive.

Gloss Black really suits this car and is complemented by the Cream leather seats, black carpets edged in cream, the excellent veneers, and the E-Type wood rim steering wheel.

Ours is a matching numbers chassis and engine car which in itself is unusual, and further benefits from having been thoroughly examined and serviced in 2015 by respected engineers, R&D Automotive of Eccles in exchange for £2,750. They carefully went through the car dealing with any minor issues, the hubs were replaced, the rear brake cylinders were replaced, a new battery was fitted, the car was comprehensively serviced, and put through an MOT. To further enhance this striking Jaguar, it now sits on a gleaming new set of MWS chrome wire wheels. 

The car has been little used since, but prior to the sale it has had the carburettors balanced and tuned and a fresh MOT has just been granted. In addition to the MOT Certificate, it's accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, the aforementioned Garmin sat nav, invoices to support the recent tuning and R&D servicing, and the original steel wheels.

Mk.II Jaguars really are very competent sporting saloons with timeless looks, and being an original, right-hand drive 3.8 we anticipate this car will be the recipient of some well-deserved attention at the sale....