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Mk2 ar­rives in 1959, with a 120bhp 2.4-litre ver­sion very much the poor re­la­tion – the 3.4-litre has 210bhp, the 3.8-litre 220bhp. Four-speed man­ual, over­drive, and three­speed au­to­matic gear­boxes are of­fered. Power steer­ing is an op­tion from Septem­ber 1960.

1965 brings an all-syn­chro­mesh gear­box. Am­bla vinyl is stan­dard from Septem­ber 1966 (leather still an op­tion) and the foglamps van­ish. Power steer­ing be­comes stan­dard from March 1967, the last year of the ‘proper’ Mk2.

From Septem­ber 1967 Jaguar of­fers less lux­u­ri­ous Mk2s, re­named the 240 and 340, with slim­mer bumpers; 340 pro­duc­tion ends in Septem­ber 1968. They drive just as well as ear­lier cars and if you don’t mind Am­bla seats can rep­re­sent a bar­gain. Many will sub­se­quently been re­stored to Mk2 spec any­way.

All Mk2 pro­duc­tion ends in April 1969 after 91,226 of all mod­els have been built.

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