Jaguar Mark II

Jaguar Mark II

Specs Mentioned:

Make/ Model – Jaguar Mark II (1963)

Engine – 2443cc, in-line 6-cylinder, double overhead cams

Power – 120 bhp

Top speed – 101.5mph

0-60mph – 14.4 seconds


The Jaguar Mk II may be the best-recognized English sports saloon in history. Sharing a nose similar to that of the XK140 and XK150, the Mk II brings sports car appeal to a very practical four-seat saloon. “Grace, pace and space” was one of Jaguars slogans for the Mk II, and as far as we can see, it’s extremely accurate.

Announced in September of 1955, the Jaguar 2.4 sedan fit neatly in the model range between the Mk VII and XK140, bringing responsive handling with style and luxury to the sedan market. Available to the public in 1956, the 2.4 saloon was powered by the fuel-efficient 2.4 litre 6-cylinder engine, however customer feedback would prompt the release of a 3.4 litre 6-cylinder option in 1957. It was a special kind of motoring which no other car in the world can offer.

The featured car was brought into Sri Lanka in 1969 by being driven overland from the UK by a foreign gentleman. It was told that the car was once used to transit illegal substances to Sri Lanka by cutting a one-inch square in the chassis and stuffing them into the chassis bars. One of the former owners verified the story as he investigated the chassis bars and found the reputed one-inch hole with weld marks around it. The car still has its original leather upholstery and has been repainted only once since it was brand new.