1969 Jaguar MkII

Highlights


 • Highly original low owner car 
 • Low mileage example 
 • Comprehensive service history 
 • Rare exterior colour spec 

The Appeal


“Grace, Space, Pace” the three words Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons built up as an advertising slogan for his legendary Jaguar motor cars in the 1950s. Arguably no car personifies this better than the Jaguar MK2 and the 'facelift' 240 & 340 models, produced between 1967 - 1969, identified by the slimline chrome bumpers and badging.

Something of an icon in the classic motoring world, the MK2 Jaguar really does have it all. Utterly exquisite lines, wonderful adornments of chrome trim, a well crafted interior and a marvellous engine under the bonnet. Demand for good quality examples is booming, and when looking at cars such as this 1969 240, it really is clear to see why. 

A good honest original example, this 240 hails just two previous keepers from new and bears just under 60 thousand miles on the clock, a true survivor car that as to be expected, presents in remarkable, clean condition. Accompanied by a comprehensive history file, and sporting the lesser known shade of 'Sable' brown on the outside, and an equally rare Webasto sunroof up top, this is without a doubt a unique opportunity to acquire a truly unique car. 

The History and Paperwork


 • Comprehensive service history file from various Jaguar specialists
 • Jaguar 240 maintenance and service book
 • Correct V5 registration document present
 • 1969 Jaguar dealer literature
 • MOT and tax exempt due to historic status

The Interior


An interior fit for the finest of clientele was always the aim for Jaguar, and in the 240, they very much succeeded with this. The cabin of the 240 is an utterly lovely place to be.  

Seating front and rear is of a marvellous standard, well crafted deep vinyl seats are order of the day in the 240, and it is fair to say that these have borne the test of time incredibly well, both at the front and in the rear the seats present with good quality material and stitching and very little if anything in the way of wear and patina. 

At the sides we find a set of four neat door panels, coated more exquisite leather. We also find some subtle chrome embellishments for the door handles and window controls, all of which is in exemplary condition.

Front and centre, behind the quality black rimmed steering wheel, sits the dash piece. In the midst of this is the control section, brimming with gauges and switchgear all of which is reported to function well. Up top, sits a well trimmed roof liner, within which is the incredibly rare Webasto fabric sunroof, which is in great order and retracts with ease. 

At the rear we find a neat boot area, within which is the full size spare wheel and Jaguar toolkit, which presents in great order and looks to have seen very limited, if any use in its lifetime. 

The Exterior 


Fitting into the “grace” segment of the Jaguar advertising slogan perfectly, the exterior styling of the 240 is something to behold. A shape now synonymous with style, class and classic motoring, the 240s flowing lines look excellent from every angle, and are complimented brilliantly by the elegant brown paint that drapes its way over the lines. 

Hailing from a time of far more interesting factory car colours, the deep brown paintwork is of an incredible standard, presenting in good honest original form, distinctly lacking in wear and blemishing, it emits a wonderful shine and really stands out from the mundane greys and blacks of modern day traffic. 

Preserved to an equally high standard, the wonderful chrome embellishments that are placed so elegantly around the car are of an similarly great standard, as are the marvellous front and rear bumpers and that iconic front grille piece, and of course who could forget that most excellent Jaguar bonnet ornament. 

At ground level we find four exemplary, colour matched wheels with great chrome trim rings and Jaguar hubcaps. As to be expected of a car of this quality, the wheels are in brilliant shape. 

The Mechanics 


Opening the bonnet of this 240 we find an incredibly clean, well maintained example of the legendary XK6 engine, but with a twist. At some point in the cars life, the eager but underpowered 2.4 has made way for a larger 2.8 variant of the XK engine from a Series 1 XJ6. The 2.8 is essentially, identical aesthetically, retaining the same smaller block size as the 2.4, which means the original appearance of the engine bay is unchanged, but the larger bore provides a 10bhp advantage over the standard engine, which makes for a slightly improved driving experience.
The trusty XK fires into life with ease, settling into a comfortable idle, with a subtle tone emanating from the exhaust system. 

Having been regularly serviced throughout its lifetime, it comes as no surprise that on the road, the big cat is reported to provide a wonderful drive, with plenty of power on tap if requested yet an incredibly smooth and comfortable ride. Strong brakes are ready if needed at all four corners and the smooth and refined overdrive gearbox is one that functions well.

Summary 


The go to choice for Inspector Morse, 1960s bank robbers, the British elite and just about anyone appreciative of quality craftsmanship and style, the MK2 is a truly fine car, and the example we see here may just be one of the finest on the market at present.

An honest, original car with incredibly low miles and low owners that presents in wonderful condition WOY 865P is very much the physical form of “grace, space, pace” and will be more than at home on the road or on display at a classic car show.

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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1969
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model MkII
  • Colour Brown
  • Odometer 59,869 Miles
  • Engine size 2783
Auction Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Location Kent
  • Country United Kingdom
Bidding history
15 bids from 9 bidders
  • tfr_sup•••• £16,250 26/06/22
  • PAnnie £16,000 25/06/22
  • tfr_sup•••• £14,000 25/06/22
  • redford•••• £13,750 24/06/22
  • orcaorc•••• £13,500 24/06/22
  • redford•••• £13,000 23/06/22
  • orcaorc•••• £11,000 22/06/22
  • redford•••• £10,000 21/06/22
  • john-ro•••• £5,700 21/06/22
  • redford•••• £5,555 21/06/22

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