MK 2

From 1959 to 1966

The 2.4 & 3.4 litre cars stayed in production until 1959 when a substantially modified car, known as the Mark 2 was announced, at which time the earlier cars became unofficially known as Mark 1s. 

Although much of the bodywork remained unchanged, the Mark 2 benefited from a larger glass area and a wider rear track to improve handling and the looks of the car. with substantially more chromed adornment and a completely new interior layout. The Mark 2 was also available with a choice of three engine sizes, 2.4 litre, 3.4 litre and 3.8 litre, the latter earning the accolade of being the fastest production saloon car in the world at the time.

Model Summary

Model Type:

Compact Jaguar Saloons

Production Dates:

1959 - 1966

Engine Range:

2.4 Litre Saloon

3.4 Litre Saloon

3.8 Litre Saloon

0 - 60 mph:

2.4 Litre Saloon - 17.3 seconds

3.4 Litre Saloon - 11.9 seconds

3.8 Litre Saloon - 8.5 seconds

Top Speed:

2.4 Litre Saloon - 96.3 mph

3.4 Litre Saloon - 120 mph

3.8 Litre Saloon - 120.4 mph

MK 2 Technical Specifications

Technical Information

Engine Statistics

  2.4 Litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 3483
Bore and Stroke (mm) 83 x 76.5
Compression Ratio 8:1 (7:1 optional)
BHP 120
@ RPM 5750
Torque (lb ft) 144
@ RPM 2000
Fuelling 2x Solex carbs
  3.4 Litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 3442
Bore and Stroke (mm) 83 x 106
Compression Ratio 8:1 (7:1/9:1 optional)
BHP 210
@ RPM 5500
Torque (lb ft) 216
@ RPM 3000
Fuelling 2x SU carbs
  3.8 Litre Saloon
Engine (cc) 3781
Bore and Stroke (mm) 87 x 106
Compression Ratio 8:1 (7:1/9:1 optional)
BHP 220
@ RPM 5500
Torque (lb ft) 240
@ RPM 3000
Fuelling 2x SU carbs

Engine Performance

  2.4 Litre Saloon
Top Speed 96.3 mph
0 - 60 mph 17.3 seconds
Fuel Consumption 18 mpg
  3.4 Litre Saloon
Top Speed 120 mph
0 - 60 mph 11.9 seconds
Fuel Consumption 16 mpg
  3.8 Litre Saloon
Top Speed 120.4 mph
0 - 60 mph 8.5 seconds
Fuel Consumption 15.7 mpg

Model Specifications

  2.4 Litre Saloon
Transmission 4-speed (3 synchro) BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in) 15, steel, wires optional
Suspension (Front) Ind semi-trailing wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, Panhard rod, leaf springs
Brakes 4-wheel disc
  3.4 Litre Saloon
Transmission 4-speed (3 synchro) BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in) 15, steel, wires optional
Suspension (Front) Ind semi-trailing wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, Panhard rod, leaf springs
Brakes 4-wheel disc
  3.8 Litre Saloon
Transmission 4-speed (3 synchro) Later all synchro BW 3-speed auto
Wheel Size (in) 15, steel, wires optional
Suspension (Front) Ind semi-trailing wishbone, coil springs, anti-roll bar
Suspension (Rear) Live axle, Panhard rod, leaf springs
Brakes 4-wheel disc

Model Dimensions

  2.4 Litre Saloon
Length (in) 180.75
Width (in) 66.75
Height (in) 57.75
Wheelbase (in) 107.375
Front Track (in) 55
Rear Track (in) 53.375
Weight (Cwt) 28.5
  3.4 Litre Saloon
Length (in) 180.75
Width (in) 66.75
Height (in) 57.75
Wheelbase (in) 107.375
Front Track (in) 55
Rear Track (in) 53.375
Weight (Cwt) 29.5
  3.8 Litre Saloon
Length (in) 180.75
Width (in) 66.5
Height (in) 57.75
Wheelbase (in) 107.375
Front Track (in) 55
Rear Track (in) 53.375
Weight (Cwt) 30

Optional Extras

  • Choice of five radio installations with or without rear parcel shelf-mounted speaker
  • Laminated windscreen
  • Chromium-plated wheel rimbellishers for steel wheels
  • Ace Turbo wheel trims for steel wheels
  • Witter tow bar
  • Locking petrol filler cap
  • Front seat belts
  • Choice of radial, town and country, or whitewall tyres
  • Borg Warner automatic transmission
  • Overdrive (for non-overdrive-equipped manual transmission cars)
  • Wire wheels with conversion kit for hubs, etc
  • High-ratio steering box
  • Lightened flywheel
  • Competition clutch
  • C-type cylinder head
  • Fire extinguisher
  • Powr-Lok differential
  • Rear window demister
  • Heavy-duty anti-roll bar
  • Close-ratio gearbox
  • High-lift camshafts
  • Sundym tinted windsscreen and side windows
  • Wing mirrors
  • Child locks to rear doors
  • Integrated ignition/starter switch to steering column
  • Reclining front seats
  • Steel sunroof (only offered from new from factory with differing bodyshell)
  • Power-assisted steering

Chassis Numbers

Model Driver Side Chassis No. Commenced Number made
Jaguar MK ll 2.4 RHD 100001 21768
Jaguar MK ll 2.4 LHD 125001 3405
Jaguar MK ll 3.4 RHD 150001 22095
Jaguar MK ll 3.4 LHD 175001 6571
Jaguar MK ll 3.8 RHD 200001 15583
Jaguar MK ll 3.8 LHD 210001 14758

MK 2 Events

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The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

The London Classic Car Show is the must attend event for any discerning classic car owner, collector, expert or enthusiast. Bringing together an international celebration of the very best dealers, manufacturers, car clubs and products.

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The Restoration Show returns for its 5th year and we return with more advice and demonstrations that you may face restoring or maintaining your Jaguar. ...

The Restoration Show returns for its 5th year and we return with more advice and demonstrations that you may face restoring or maintaining your Jag...

MK 2 News

Cadwell Park Adam Powderham Pursues The Mid Field Pack

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

This 2.2 mile Parkland circuit is wonderful when dry but in the wet, with a grid full of Jaguars? A totally different story. Arriving on Friday for free practice, it was pouring & extremely slippery.

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There can be no nicer circuit than Oulton Park on a warm sunny day & that's what we woke up to. This was the final round of the championship with so much to win (or lose) for both class points & the overall championship.

There can be no nicer circuit than Oulton Park on a warm sunny day & that's what we woke up to. This was the final round of the championship with so much to win (or lose) for both class points & the overall championship.

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Model Contacts

Patrick Moynihan

Mark 2 Forum Co-ordinator

Tel: +44 01676 535339 @: compactsaloon.jec@gmail.com

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