Jaguar 240

EN­GINE 2483cc/6-cyl/DOHC POWER 133bhp@5500rpm TORQUE 146lb ft@3700rpm MAX­I­MUM SPEED 107mph 0-60MPH 12.5sec FUEL CON­SUMP­TION 18-23mpg TRANS­MIS­SION RWD, four-speed man + O/D MoT May 2018 ODOMETER 96,170 miles

Classic Car Weekly (UK) - - News - Nick Larkin

WHAT’S IT LIKE TO DRIVE?

The en­gine bursts into life with the press of the starter but­ton and idles per­fectly. The 240 may lack the 3.8’s blis­ter­ing per­for­mance but it’s more than ca­pa­ble of keep­ing up with mod­ern traf­fic and the over­drive works per­fectly. The en­gine feels flex­i­ble, the gearchange is good, the clutch isn’t too heavy and the non-as­sisted steer­ing is taut and re­spon­sive. Cor­ner­ing is ex­cel­lent, with min­i­mal body roll and no nasty creaks, bangs or any other signs of wear from the sus­pen­sion. The re­cently re­built all-round disc brakes bite strongly and stop the car straight and true.

BODY­WORK CHECK

We couldn’t find a spot of rust any­where on the car. There are a cou­ple of mi­nor blem­ishes in the dark green paint­work, but it still looks su­perb, as does the chrome. A pho­to­graphic record of work car­ried out on what was al­ready a ba­si­cally sound car backs up the car’s gen­er­ally good over­all con­di­tion. There are no dents in the pan­els, and the small amount of over­spray on the door shuts and near­side rear pas­sen­ger door would prob­a­bly cut and pol­ish out. The chrome is in good con­di­tion and there are no blem­ishes on the wire wheels or prom­i­nent ra­di­a­tor grille. The re­cent­look­ing Goodyear tyres are in good or­der.

HOW’S THE IN­TE­RIOR?

This is an en­try-level, run-out 240, so what at first ap­pears to be leather up­hol­stery is, in fact, Am­bla, not un­like what you’d find in an Austin 1300 of the pe­riod. It looks smart enough to be­long in a Jaguar, though, and is in very good con­di­tion. None of the wood­work is dam­aged and it has re­tained its high var­nish shine. The orig­i­nal­look­ing in­stru­ments all work and the door trims are in good or­der, as are the head­lin­ing and car­pets. The cen­tre con­sole is un­marked and the pe­riod-look­ing ra­dio still works per­fectly well.

UN­DER THE BON­NET

The Jaguar’s clean and tidy en­gine bay sug­gests a his­tory of metic­u­lous main­te­nance. The ra­di­a­tor and as­so­ci­ated hoses look like re­cent re­place­ments and the wiring and an­cil­lar­ies ap­pear to be in good or­der. There’s no ev­i­dence of wear, over­heat­ing or burn­ing/leak­ing oil. The over­drive works as it should and en­gages promptly and smoothly.

THE CCW VIEW

You could eas­ily pay much more than this car for an even half-rea­son­able Jaguar Mk2. This car has been with one owner – who we un­der­stand was a me­chan­i­cal engi­neer­ing lec­turer – for more than 30 years. It’s re­ceived plenty of me­chan­i­cal and body­work at­ten­tion, in­clud­ing a ma­jor brake over­haul in 2016 and the paint blem­ishes could eas­ily be rec­ti­fied. Its his­tory file is good, with old tax discs dat­ing all the way back to 1976.

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