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1961 Jaguar MK II 3.8


  • 1961 Jaguar Mark II 3.8
  • Older restoration
  • Four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive
  • Italian market car 
  • Just four owners from new
  • Seats and dashboard in very good condition
  • Original knock-off wire wheels
  • A very well preserved Mk2 with the powerful and coveted 3.8 litre engine, believed to be a matching numbers example


Comfortable, luxuriously finished and extremely elegant, but at the same time very fast and agile, so much so that it became the car to beat in the European Touring Car Championship, since its presentation in 1959 the Jaguar MK2 became a true icon, a symbol of the progress of the automotive industry and the ability of the Jaguar brand to produce revolutionary cars and create new markets.

The Mk2 was a refined executive sedan, with austere and sophisticated lines and a comfortable interior upholstered in high quality soft leather and precious burr walnut, but it was also the first real high-performance four-door, chosen by robbers for the most daring escapes and by the police to pursue them, when equipped with the powerful 220 HP 3.8 liter XK engine with two overhead camshafts.

This Mark II, presented in a refined and desirable combination with the original Old English White bodywork and a luxurious interior upholstered in supple red leather and finished with burr wood in very good condition, is equipped with very desirable options, such as the original, highly sought-after knock-off wire wheels and the optional Laycock overdrive.

Sold new in Italy and with only four attentive and devoted previous owners, the car has always been garage stored and maintained with the utmost care.

After a thorough restoration in 1990 it has been used very rarely, but kept in regular operation to ensure its perfect efficiency.

This Jaguar Mark II represents a very rare opportunity to acquire an always sought-after car ready to drive, in very good condition and in a particularly desirable trim.


  • Sold in Italy in 1961
  • Italian registered
  • Only four owners from new, always in Italy
  • Believed to be a matching numbers example
  • Valid MOT inspection
  • ASI (Italian Historic Automobiles Association) registered
Sold new in Italy and with only four owners from new, this Jaguar MK2 has always been maintained with the utmost care and garage stored.

After a thorough professional restoration the car was registered with new plates in 1990 due to the relocation of its third owner.

The odometer has not been working since 2016, the total mileage reported is correct up to that date.
However since then the car has rarely been used, but it has undergone regular MOT inspections and is in good working order.

This Jaguar is registered with ASI (Italian Historic Automobiles Association).


  • Original restored interior in very good condition
  • Red leather seats, door panels and central tunnel 
  • Burr walnut wood dashboard and door caps
  • Legible and efficient Smiths gauges
  • Original brightwork in good condition 
The passenger compartment is finished with great care and precious materials, with large and comfortable seats upholstered in soft leather, a beautiful dashboard in burr walnut wood and countless refined and impressive details, such as the reclining tables housed behind the front backrests, the burr walnut wood doors' finishing and the cozy armrests.

At the wheel we can enjoy the exciting view of the softly shaped bonnet on which the iconic leaping Jaguar mascot is proudly displayed.
The atmosphere is evocative and inebriating and forgotten scents, sounds and tactile sensations project us into the past and take us back to the times when the 3.8-liter Jaguar Mark II was the favourite car of a refined elite international clientele, passionate about involving and spirited driving.

The cockpit is comfortable and intelligently designed with all controls close at hand, with large and clear Smith gauges behind the beautiful original two-spoke wheel and accessory dials housed in the central part of the dashboard, along with pleasant toggle switches.

The condition of the interior is still very good despite the dated restoration.
Small discolorations and slight scratches on the front seats and on the piping of the rear bench are the only visible flaws, while the burr walnut dashboard, a real sinuously shaped sculpture, is shiny and intact.


  • In good general condition
  • Original Old English White paint 
  • Bumpers, chrome and badges in very good condition
  • Intact and clear headlights
  • Original knock-off wire wheels
  • Slight traces of surface corrosion on the underbody

The unmistakable sinuous lines of the Jaguar MK2 are elegant yet dynamic, characterized by large glass surfaces, a long and rounded bonnet and a short and dramatically sloped tail, which makes it always appear ready to leap forward.

On this example, the largely original paintwork is in good condition and presents only minor imperfections, having been expertly retouched as needed over the years and features smooth, even panels with no signs of corrosion.

Up front, the elegant and precious chrome grille, headlight bezels, bonnet trims and the iconic Jaguar mascot are clean and shiny.

The beltline chrome strips, the window frames, the taillights and the bumpers are also in very good condition, free from noticeable defects.

The underbody shows localized traces of surface corrosion but no signs of significant oil leaks or rust.

The sought-after and distinctive knock-off wire wheels will require a tune-up.


  • Jaguar 220bhp 3.8-litre DOHC straight-six engine 
  • Four-speed manual transmission with overdrive
  • Four disc brakes
  • Limited slip differential
  • New tyres
  • Efficient and well maintained
Opening the bonnet, we are pleasantly impressed by the excellent state of maintenance of the glorious XK six-cylinder in-line engine.
The engine compartment is clean and intact, with tidy wiring and mostly original components.
This MK2 features the rare and prized optional Laycock overdrive, allowing it to easily keep up with modern traffic and travel longer distances more smoothly.
With four disc brakes, a limited slip differential, a powerful and elastic engine with an engaging sound and an agile chassis, the Mark II grants great driving pleasure and engaging performance.
After the MOT inspection in 2016 the odometer ceased to operate and reads over 100,000 kms.
The knock-off wire wheels could benefit from fine-tuning, while all the tyres are new.
The seller assures that this car drives as it should with smooth acceleration, good handling and perfect braking and presents no significant oil leaks, smoke or unwarranted noise and vibration.


Sold for 8 years, from 1959 to 1967 in 83,976 units, of which only 30,141 with the 3.8-litre engine, the Jaguar Mk2 is a fast and spacious car, which achieved important successes in competitions and remained in the hearts of many enthusiasts, thanks to its iconic lines, its remarkable performance and the great charm of its luxurious and typically British interior.

On this particular car, the already rich standard equipment of the powerful 3.8-litre version, with four disc brakes and self-locking differential, is supplemented by the rare and effective Laycock de Normanville electric overdrive and the beautiful original wire wheels.

Well maintained and still in very good shape, this MK2, in the classic and elegant original Old English White and with an impressive interior, is a truly attractive car, which could be driven immediately or further refined, correcting its small flaws to bring it to an excellent level of presentation.


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Vehicle specification
  • Year 1961
  • Make Jaguar
  • Model Mark 2
  • Colour White
  • Odometer 100 Kilometres
  • Engine size 3800
Listing Details
  • Seller Type Private
  • Town Poggibonsi
  • Location International
  • Country Italy

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