1961 Jaguar Mk2 Saloon Guidance for Drivers

1961 Inspector Morse Type Jaguar Mark 2 For Hire from The Open Road - Classic Car Hire Warwickshire
1961 Inspector Morse Type Jaguar Mark 2 For Hire from The Open Road - Classic Car Hire Warwickshire
We take every customer for a short drive around the block to give the chance to get used to the controls and understand the foibles of each of our cars.


Each car goes out on hire with a comprehensive information pack and this includes an instruction sheet of how to operate the controls.


Details for our Jaguar Mark2  are shown below and can be printed off in PDF form by clicking on the button at the bottom of the page.


To Start:


  • Doors: Close the doors by pulling the Chrome Handles only, the armrests are only armrests and not door pulls. Pulling them will rip them off the doors and the customer will be liable for costs of repair.  
  • When cold: Insert the ignition key and turn on the electrics. Wait until the fuel pump has stopped clicking. The car has a thermostatically operated automatic choke. As with all automatics the engine will only start when PARK is selected. Press the starter button and then press the accelerator as the engine fires. The choke makes a hissing noise when in operation and will switch itself off after a minute or so once the engine has warmed up.
  • When warm: Turn key and wait for the fuel pump to stop clicking and making sure the car is in PARK, then press the starter until it fires, then press accelerator. The choke will not operate when warm.




  • Speed/revs Please respect the age of this car. It develops peak torque between 3,000 and 4,000 revs, but being automatic the driver isn't really in control of the engine revs.
  • Gears: The car has a three speed automatic gearbox operated by the lever on the right of the steering wheel. Pull the lever towards you and move up or down to select the correct gear.  Select D1 for normal driving which will start the car in 1st gear.  D2 starts the car in 2nd gear allowing a smoother, but slower start. 
  • Handbrake: The handbrake lever is to the right of the driver’s seat. Make sure handbrake lever is fully down and the warning light is turned off before moving off. Always select PARK gear.  
  • Wheels: The car is fitted with chrome wire wheels with Michelin 205/70R15 tyres with inner tubes.
  • Punctures: In the event of a puncture the spare wheel is under the boot floor. The jack wheel spinner remover and hammer are attached to the rear wall of the boot by spring clips and Velcro straps. The jacking points are under the sills blocked with rubber bungs.
  • Lights: The rotary light switch is in the centre of the dashboard marked OSHF. Off, Side, Head and Fog. When the Fog lights are on the headlights are turned off. The Dip/Main Beam switch is on the floor to the left of the clutch pedal. When Main beam is selected a red light glows in the speedo in the 70 mph position.
  • Horn: The horn is operated by pressing the chrome ring on the steering wheel.  
  • Fuel tank: Fill with 95 Unleaded Petrol. Capacity is 12 gallons (50 litres). At around 18 - 22 mpg a full tank should be enough to cover 150 to 200 miles.  
  • Boot: The boot is opened by pressing the button under the bootlid. It is spring-loaded so will stay up of its own accord but needs a light slam to close it.  
  • Spares: There are a number of spare parts stored under the boot floor and in the bag in the right wing. A list is in the glove box. These are to enable a breakdown service to make minor repairs or replace consumable items (distributor cap, rotor arm, condenser etc). No tools are included and the hirer should not attempt any repairs.


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