It’s not often you find a street parked Mark 2 Jaguar, so I jumped at the opportunity to shoot this one during a recent walk in the city.
869 TPJ is a 3.8-litre Mark 2, meaning it has the largest capacity, most powerful variant of three Jaguar XK straight six engines to go beneath the company’s signature leaper in 1961.
Essentially a slightly detuned version of the engine used in the XK150 S sports car, it was still rated at 220hp and gave this car a turn of pace that made it a favourite amongst bank robbers. The 3.8-litre cars also came with a limited-slip differential as standard, so you could expect two black lines outside the crime scene.
A fast Jaguar needed effective stopping power and thus the Mark 2 was one of the first cars to carry disc brakes on all of its wheels. The Dunlop system represented such an upgrade over the drum brakes stopping most vehicles at the time that these Jags displayed a badge at their rear bumper to warn following motorists!
Finished in British Racing Green with tan leather and presented in show-worthy condition, it’s about as desirable as these lovely old motors get.
|Registration Number:||869 TPJ|
|Model:||Mark 2 3.8|
|First registered (UK):||1 January 1961|