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8 September 2014

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Lot 125

1961 Jaguar Mark 2 4.2 Saloon

  • Chassis no. 177361 DN
  • Engine no. ZB 52653-9

Sold for £70,000


265 bhp, 4,235 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with triple SU side-draught carburettors, five-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension with wishbones and coil springs, rear live axle with cantilever springs, and four-wheel power-assisted disc brakes. Wheelbase: 2,718 mm

  • Startling performance in an elegant package
  • Extensive driveline and chassis upgrades
  • Only 7,000 miles since restoration
  • Recent work by J.D. Classics


Jaguar’s lovely and athletic mid-sized saloon first appeared as a 1956 model, and it offered several landmark features. It was Jaguar’s first unitised-construction automobile, and it introduced a 2.4-litre version of the immortal XK series twin-camshaft motor, which had heretofore been limited to sports models like the XK120, into a four-door, multi-passenger automobile. In ensuing years, ever-larger motors were installed, such as the 3.4 litre in 1957 and the 3.8 litre in 1959. The latter powerplant coincided with a revamping of the body and chassis, becoming known as the Mark 2, with the earlier cars now being identified as Mark 1s.

Mark 2s also featured larger windows and additional chrome trim. They soon became very popular amongst business executives, celebrities, and the occasional constabulary, as they offered strong performance, excellent brakes, and finely finished interiors. As such, they often appeared in film and television, and excellent examples remain much in demand today.

According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this car was originally finished in Pearl Gray with a red interior, and it was equipped with a 3.4-litre engine. It was completed on 6 July 1961 and exported to Jaguar Cars in New York City bearing Coventry registration 9441 DU. This Mark 2’s first owner is noted as J.C. Walker, and according to the consignor, it is believed to have been originally restored and modified in the United States.

This power-packed “sleeper” is sure to delight any enthusiast who desires squashing the egos of more exalted saloon drivers. It is fitted with a powerful, high-torque Jaguar 4.2 motor with triple SU carburettors, which is rated at 265 brake horsepower at 5,400 rpm and has 283 foot-pounds of torque. It is mated to a five-speed manual transmission and a limited-slip differential, to take full advantage of its power.

This elegant super Saloon is refinished in Ebony Black with a lovely Biscuit leather interior, and it includes numerous luxury and performance upgrades, including power-assisted rack-and-pinion steering, uprated engine cooling, a modern ignition system, a stainless steel exhaust system, four-wheel disc brakes, Koni adjustable dampers, rear-wheel arches from Coombs of Guildford, 16x6-inch JD Competition chrome wire wheels, air conditioning, a Derrington wood-rimmed steering wheel, central locking, reclining seats, a security system, new seat belts, new burl wood trim, new chrome trim, and an upgraded entertainment system, which includes a Sony multi-disc CD player and a hands-free telephone.

In 2011, the car came into the ownership of a Mr Tim Johnson, who had it delivered to noted Jaguar experts at J.D. Classics in September of that year for extensive mechanical refurbishment. The work performed on the car included an engine and rear-axle overhaul, as well as an overhaul on numerous other small but critical items, resulting in invoices totalling to approximately £52,000.

Even though more than 28,000 Mark 2 Saloons were produced between 1960 and 1967, it would be difficult to find another quite like this one, as it presents handsomely, with its gleaming paint, fresh interior, and Jaguar’s reliable and largest XK motor under the louvered bonnet. With only 7,000 miles recorded since its restoration, this comfortable, fast, and very usable Jaguar is capable of showing its heels to many modern saloons and sports cars alike.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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United Kingdom

Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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+1 310 559 4575
California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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+31 653 84 19 60
United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more