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Buyers Guide to:

Jaguar Mk 2

Useful Info

Also Known As

240, 340


1959 to 1968

Fuel Type


Engine Sizes

2400cc, 3400cc, 3800cc

Engine Type


Drive Configuration


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Loved by fictional detectives and racing drivers alike the Jaguar Mk2 is a proper British sports saloon that retains plenty of appeal today. Launched in 1959, it featured more curvaceous styling than the Mk 1 along with a revised front end design and a larger glass area. Also new were a wider rear track and suspension changes to improve the handling, while buyers could choose from 2.4, 3.4, or 3.8-litre engines. The latter provided lusty performance, shoving the stylish Jag to 125mph. The 3.8 was dropped in 1967 when the car was renamed the 240 and 340, and the Mk 2 disappeared in 1968 to make way for the Series 3 XJ6.

  1. Front valance
  2. Around grille and headlamps
  3. Front wings
  4. Front wheel arches
  5. Sills, both inner and outer
  6. Rear door aperture at joint of sill and wheel arch
  7. Door bottoms
  8. Boot lid
  9. Rear valance

The Checklist

  • The bodywork very carefully for rust bubbles as anything on the surface is likely to be much worse beneath. The complex monocoque shell traps rot, and thorough restoration is hugely expensive. Even a car that looks okay could be horrendous underneath so be very careful
  • The condition of chrome exterior trim. There are lots of separate pieces and replacing or restoring it will get very costly
  • That there are no issues with the alignment of the panels or doors as this could indicate major structural problems; get a specialist inspection if you’re unsure
  • The chassis for corrosion, concentrating on the box sections and front cross-member (especially the ‘crow’s feet’ at either end). Examine the cabin and boot floor, too
  • For engine oil leaks from the sump, rocker cover, and crankshaft rear oil seal; the latter is a major job to sort so budget accordingly. And check for excessive exhaust smoke; it could signal major internal wear or just a blocked breather system. A complete engine rebuild can exceed £4000 so be wary
  • That the timing chain isn’t excessively noisy as it’s tricky and expensive to replace. Low oil pressure affects the operation of the tensioner, while lack of oil changes leads to camshaft wear. Oil pressure should be at least 40psi when warm
  • The condition of the cooling system. Overheating risks head gasket failure, or worse still damage to the alloy cylinder head, so check the history for evidence of regular coolant changes
  • For poor running as it could be caused by worn carburettors. Solex items tend to suffer more than SUs
  • Which engine is fitted as swapping smaller units for the more potent 3.8 is popular. If the car wears a 3.8 badge, make sure it really is one
  • The Moss 4-speed gearbox for noise or an obstructive shift caused by worn synchromesh or selectors; it can jump out of first gear. The Jaguar gearbox is reliable, while the Borg Warner 35 automatic is fine with regular fluid changes. Also check for conversions from a manual to an automatic transmission, or vice versa
  • That the clutch operates correctly. Changing it requires engine removal, although a failed master or slave cylinder is a straightforward fix
  • The suspension for wear in joints and bushes, and for broken front coil springs. Upgrading to rear coil springs is popular
  • That there’s no corrosion around suspension mounting points, especially those for the Panhard rod at the rear. Rot in the rear spring hangers can spread to the structure, with the potential for huge repair costs
  • That brakes haven’t seized through lack of use. And if wire wheels are fitted, ensure there’s no wear in the splines or hubs as professional refurbishment will be needed
  • For any movement in the steering column which signi es worn bushes, and look for leaks from power steering hydraulics. A previous owner may have converted a manual set up to power assistance
  • The condition of the leather and woodwork in the cabin. Material quality was top notch and major restoration can easily cost five figures. Also, ensure that all electrical items are working and that there are no signs of water leaks or damp

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