1960 Jaguar MK2 3.8 MOD


  • Older specialist restoration with few miles since
  • Invoices for £40,000 of improvements since 2018
  • Matching numbers car retaining original factory specification 
  • Low mileage verified by extensive MOT history 
  • Extensive history file indicating careful owners
  • Significant recent investment in the interior 
  • Desirable early 3.8 litre manual car with optional DeNormanville overdrive

The Appeal 

The original Mk1 Jaguar was conceived to expand the firm’s line up and fill its big new factory. But it was arguably the Mk2, its aesthetics carefully enhanced by William Lyons’ impeccable eye for detail, that really put the business on the map.

A key part of the Mk2 legend is the 3.8 litre ‘MOD’ manual overdrive model. With performance to match contemporary sports cars plus space for four, it was the original super saloon and the precursor to the modern M5s and RS4s. 

That performance plus those looks, combined with an exquisite wood and leather interior, explain why the Mk2 continues to be amongst the most desirable of classic saloons. 

This 3.8 MOD has been carefully restored to a very high standard by renowned Jaguar specialists JAGTechnic with over £40,000 lavished upon it since 2018. Most recently the interior has been made over with replenished leather and wood. A lengthy trail of MOTs support the low mileage. Good Mk2 3.8s are highly sought after and this is certainly one of those.

The History and Paperwork

  • First registered on 1st November 1960
  • Jaguar Heritage Certificate dated 13th August 200 verifies the factory specification 
  • Car number 1,985 of 2,708 RHD 1960 Mk2 3.8s built 
  • This car retains its factory correct cream over red colour combination and matching numbers
  • Thick history file including 24 old MOTs, old invoices and handwritten and typed owner notes
  • Original buff logbook verifies registration date and engine, body and chassis numbers
  • Restored by JAGTechnic at cost of £19,675 with work completed on 10th October 2018
  • Brake, clutch and mechanical work in 2015 by WSM Jaguar Specialists costing £4,550
  • Part of the famous Patrick Collection from 1978 
  • Just two owners account for 41 years of its long life 
  • 1 key set
  • Current owner since June 2022 who acquired it from Car and Classic 
  • The current owner has invested extensively in the interior
  • Last MOT expired 4th August 2021 with no advisories 
  • The car has covered less than 1,500 miles since 

Recent work:

  • New chrome wire wheels
  • New replacement front and rear seat squabs
  • New carpets
  • New wood veneers throughout 
  • New carpets and door cards
  • New headlining 

The Interior

  • Superb burgundy leather interior with significant recent investment
  • Wood veneers recently replaced
  • New carpets, door cards and headlining 
  • Good chromework throughout including door fittings
  • Clear, clean and very presentable Smiths dials
  • Highly original exterior, only the radio is a later item 

The interior of a Mk2 Jaguar is amongst the most glorious of any British classic, its plethora of wood and leather rewarding the eyes wherever they land. It proved so good that it continued to influence Jaguar interior design well into the modern era.

The interior of this Mk2 reflects the considerable investment lavished upon it by recent owners. Much has been refreshed and to a high standard. This includes the leather seat squads, carpets, door cards, headlining and wood veneers, the latter appearing to have been upgraded from the original. They naturally present very well, giving the impression of a very well kept and attractive cabin that surely looks much as it did the day the car left the factory. 

The fittings and trim items as well as the big two spoke factory steering wheel are in excellent condition with no visible wear. 

The interior is entirely standard except for the addition of a later radio. We are told that everything works except the small clock inside the tachograph - a common problem with the Mk2. 

The Exterior

  • Attractive cream ‘Old English White’ paintwork accented by smart chrome wires
  • The restoration was clearly done to a high standard
  • Panel fit, particularly the doors, is very good with clean, straight lines
  • All-important door drainage channels retained and appear clear and working correctly
  • Chromework and lights present well with no visible misting or tarnishing
  • Quality Michelin tyres
  • New Chrome wire wheels
  • Rust proofed from new and again in 2018
  • Underside solid and with no visible issues to note 

Finished in its factory correct cream Old English White colour scheme, this smart Mk2 displays the quality of its 2018 restoration by marque specialists. The clean lines, particularly on the door shuts, and consistent panel gaps, attest to that workmanship. Even the door drainage channels, often missed by those who do not know these cars, are retained and clear. The restoration work covered the boot lid, sills, doors and wings. 

The bodywork displays no signs of corrosion, including around the wing top marker plinths, and we could not spot any stone chips or other signs of use. 

The factory standard specification extends to the rear wheel spats, which are of the wider factory type. The car sits on new chrome wire wheels equipped with quality Michelin tyres.

The chromework displays well with clear shine and no visible tarnishing or pitting. The lights are in similar condition with clear lenses and good colour retention. 

The Mechanics 

  • 3,781cc Jaguar XK straight six engine with twin SU carburettors
  • Unleaded head conversion 
  • 4spd manual ‘Moss’ gearbox with optional DeNormanville overdrive
  • Rebuilt rear suspension and new torque arms
  • New oil pressure sender and we are told the car runs at 40PSi
  • Lumenition electronic ignition
  • Automatic choke with overdrive facility 
  • Engine overhauled in early 2000s including cylinder head
  • Brakes and suspension refreshed at the same time 
  • £4,550 spent at WSM Jaguar Specialists in 2015 on brakes, clutch and other mechanicals

Dropping the proven 3.8litre XK engine from the E-Type into the Mk2 created a car that could run rings around most two-seaters. It is a strong and durable engine, which likely explains why it continued to power Jaguars into the 1980s. 

This Mk2 has clearly benefitted from considerable investment to the mechanicals. There are significant bills for engine work - including cylinder head replacement at 71,000 miles - and brake and clutch work. The rear suspension has also been rebuilt.

The car is standard with the exception of some useful upgrades including electronic ignition, a high output ‘wasp’ style alternator and an auto choke over-ride switch as the factory units can be unreliable. 

A raft of MOTs back to the 1980s support the low displayed mileage and the sense of a sparingly used car. 


The Mk2 continues to command attention amongst enthusiasts, not just for the qualities that made it so popular in its heyday but because these cars are so usable. Superb parts supply and a knowledgeable network of local specialists help making owning and enjoying one particularly rewarding.

This smart, factory-correct Mk2 has the desirable 3.8litre motor with manual overdrive. It has clearly been maintained and improved to a very high standard. With little use since this is a chance to benefit from all that work and enjoy one of classic motoring’s true icons. 


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1960
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model Mark 2
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 91,082 Miles
  • Engine size 3781
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Broadstairs
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
1 bid
  • karma_s•••• £5,000 24/09/23

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