1968 Jaguar 240 MkII
Subject to a degree of documented restoration in the late 90's; stored under cover since 2010; now requiring further recommissioning work; starts, runs and moves around but doesnt stop
Dating from March 1968 this once very tidy MkII has been with our vendor since 2009, but despite having been restored through the late 90’s, it has seen little use since 2010, spending much of its time outside, under a cover and as such it has deteriorated.
The interior of this 240 is still a lovely place to be, the red Ambla interior still full of colour, the carpets and headlining all in good order although the wood trim looks like it could do with some restorative work. Under the bonnet, we find the proven 2.4 litre XK6 straight-six engine developing 133bhp (as a later 240 variant, power was increased from 120bhp by fitment of twin HS6 SU carbs, straight port cylinder head and revised inlet manifold) driving the rear wheels via the more desirable manual transmission.
The bodywork shows signs of having been sitting with little love, the underside solid in some areas and crusty in others, but not beyond repair by any means. The car starts and runs surprisingly well, moving about with relative ease although the brakes are largely non-existent, but generous use of the hand brake permitted us to stop well enough when manoeuvring it around for these shots, changing gear as it should.
The history file includes an old style V5C, original service booklet with one stamp and three further hand written entries dating from April 1968 at 1,162 miles by Hoffmanns of Halifax Ltd who we assume to have been the supplying dealer who also look to have serviced the car the on the other three recorded entries, the last in the summer of 1969 (when Bryan Adams got us all excited) at 11,742 miles.
In addition, we have a DVLA ownership history with copies of old V5’s and buff log book revealing the car to have had at least 11 previous owners and a selection of old bills and invoices dating from 2005 back to April 1998 when the car was treated to considerable restorative works by Simon J. Robinson Classics of Darlington at 28,773 miles to include a rebuilt engine with new cylinder head and clutch assembly and restorative works which are further documented in a photo album within the history file, plus a more recent spend of £1,156 in November 2002 on a comprehensive service, complete overhaul of the braking system and repair of the NSF chassis leg and other under body areas by Classic Car Services of Bedfordshire.
We also find 10 MOT old certificates on file from 1994 at 24,046 miles to 36,838 miles in 2004 with additional online records showing the last MOT passed was in 2010 at 39,090 miles– the car currently shows just 39,740 miles suggesting just 650 miles have been covered over the last 10/11 years.
Ripe for recommissioning, the car deserves to be on the road once again with some cosmetic works and time spent on the underside, it could well be gracing our roads once again soon.
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