1961 Jaguar Mk2 Saloon Technical Specification and History

Jaguar Mk II for hire in Warwickshire from The Open Road - Classic Car Hire
Jaguar Mk II for hire in Warwickshire from The Open Road - Classic Car Hire
The Jaguar Mark 2 was introduced in October 1959 (the same year as the Mini, Triumph Herald and Ford Anglia 105E) replacing the previous Jaguar 2.4/3.4 which has subsequently been referred to as the Mark 1.


The engine was the same 6 cylinder XK engine that was originally introduced in 1948 in the XK120 and offered in 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8 litre versions.


The early cars were fitted with a Moss gearbox with overdrive offered as an optional extra. Not having synchromesh on all gears, changing gears was a slow deliberate process and 1st gear could only really be engaged when stationary.


Our Mk2 has the 3 speed automatic gearbox option which together with its factory fitted power steering makes it extremely easy to drive.



  • Mark 2 – 2.4 from Oct 1959 to Sep 1967 - 25,173
  • Mark 2 – 3.4 from Oct 1959 to Sep 1967 - 28,666  
  • Mark 2 – 3.8 from Oct 1959 to Sep 1967 - 30,141  




The body of the car is a steel monocoque like its predecessor the Mark 1.  The front and rear screens were larger and the four doors have chromed window frames with more glass giving it a much lighter and more airy interior.


Built on 6 February 1961 with a 3.4 litre engine, in only the 2nd year of Mark 2 production this is a very early model with the factory options of automatic gearbox, power assisted steering and reclining front seats.

History of 681 UKJ  


Its early history isn't known but the car appears to be largely original with no panels having been replaced and little or no evidence of any repair work having been done. 


The carpet set is new, the seats are in the original leather and the woodwork is in good condition and has been re-lacquered where necessary. The car is fitted with a set of new chrome wire wheels. The  standard spats over the rear wheels have been replaced with the trimmed down 'Coombs' type spats.  A 1961 car would not have been fitted with seat belts but ours has three point seat belts in the front (without inertia reels) and inertia reel belts in the rear seats.  





  • Length 15ft 0.75in (4.592 m), width 5ft 6.75in (1.695m), height 4ft 9.75in (1.467 m), weight 29.5 cwts (1,305 kg).
  • Engine 3,442 cc six cylinder XK engine with twin overhead camshafts and hemispherical combustion chambers. 
  • Develops 210 bhp at 5,500 rpm and 215 lb ft of torque at 3,000 rpm.
  • The engine is fed by twin SU HD6 1¾ inch carburettors mounted on a heated inlet manifold.
  • Contact breaker points gap (where fitted) 0.014 to 0.016 in  (0.36 to 0.41mm)
  • Spark plug gaps 0.025 in (0.64mm)
  • 3 speed automatic gearbox.
  • Servo assisted disc brakes on all four wheels.
  • Front suspension: independent, sub-frame mounted with semi trailing double wishbones, coil springs, with telescopic shock absorbers and anti-roll bar.
  • Rear suspension: trailing link by cantilever semi-elliptic springs, incorporating twin parallel radius arms, Panhard rod and telescopic shock absorbers. 
  • Steering: Burman re-circulating ball and 16 in adjustable Motalita steering wheel; 4.8 turns lock to lock with power assistance giving a turning circle of 33 ½ feet. 
  • Wheels: Chrome wire wheels fitted with 205/70R15 radial tyres. 
  • Tyre pressures (pounds per square inch): Front 32, Rear 32  
  • 0-60 in 11.9 secs. 
  • Top speed 119.9 mph.
  • Fuel consumption – 16 to 20 miles per gallon.


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