THE LOVE­ABLE ROGUE

1960 JAGUAR MK 23.4

New Zealand Classic Car - - Editor’s Pick -

We of­ten find our­selves ask­ing, what is it about th­ese old Jags that al­most 60 years on still makes us go all misty-eyed? Other old ve­hi­cles sim­ply grow into in­trigu­ing ob­jects with lit­tle de­sire to pos­sess, but this one is spe­cial. The Jaguar Mk2 has mel­lowed into a blue-blooded in­ter­na­tional icon and re­minds us of an age be­fore po­lit­i­cal cor­rect­ness, when it was OK to in­dulge in a bit of mild mis­chief. Rogu­ish and vogu­ish, yet still highly re­spectable, Jaguar pulled off a marvel when they re­leased the Mk2, and some may even say it was the per­fect prod­uct for the era and tar­get de­mo­graphic.

This par­tic­u­lar 1960 Jaguar Mk2 is like new, with only 63,100 miles on the clock, and is a New Zealand–new car with the 3.4-litre six-cylin­der en­gine — the head was re­fur­bished and had a new ra­di­a­tor fit­ted in re­cent years. It in­cludes all the orig­i­nal pieces, in­clud­ing the in­te­rior lin­ings, down to the car­pet, and even has the orig­i­nal re­cessed sun vi­sors, pen­dant throt­tle pedal — which was only fit­ted to the early mod­els — orig­i­nal oil-bath air cleaner mounted be­hind the head­light in­side the front mud­guard, and comes with the com­plete tool kit it was is­sued with when new! It is authen­ti­cated with a Jaguar Her­itage Cer­tifi­cate to as­sure the po­ten­tial buyer that all num­bers match as they should and is still fit­ted with the orig­i­nal four-speed Moss gear­box with elec­tric over­drive and man­ual steer­ing. When the orig­i­nal paint be­gan to ox­i­dize, it was re­painted, eight years ago, in the orig­i­nal Im­pe­rial Ma­roon colour op­tion, while all the in­te­rior lin­ings were re­moved and the in­te­rior Fishoi­lene treated to en­sure longevity.

Stamped as chas­sis No. 1289, this car was built in 1959, and it was reg­is­tered new by Archibald’s. With a to­tal of seven own­ers, the first owner im­ported the car and drove 36,000 miles be­fore sell­ing it to a fa­ther-and-son pair­ing, who be­came the sec­ond and third own­ers, re­spec­tively, own­ing the car for 41 years and only clock­ing up 18,000 more miles. The re­main­ing miles were con­trib­uted by the fol­low­ing own­ers and its pre­vi­ous owner, who had it for five years.

The Mk2 is ex­cit­ing, quick, and el­e­gant. It has a preda­to­rial bru­tal­ity that, to this day, few cars can match, and can re­side in your garage for $59,990.

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