Classic 1967Jaguar Mark 2 Review Jan 3, 2017 by Ian (Driver Weekly)
The Jaguar Mark 2 was introduced in 1960 to succeed the Mark 1. Drivers loved the compact size, fine handling, and elegant design. Refined after years of testing and improvements, the 1967 Mark 2 was a fitting swan song for the prestigious saloon car that would be discontinued in 1969.
The Jaguar Mark 2 was a "saloon" (sedan) first built in 1959 as the successor to the 1955 and 1959 Jaguar Mark 1. During their original run, the previous Jaguar models had been distinguished by the displacement of their engines (the Jaguar 2.4 and Jaguar 3.4). But with the arrival of the Mark 2 the older models became known as the Mark 1. At the time they were sold as the "Mark 2, " but in later years the model would also be referred to as the "Mark II" in the same style as other Jaguars introduced in the postwar period.
Sir William Lyons, the co-founder of Jaguar, declared that every model required "grace, pace, and space." The Mark 2 was the ultimate expression of that maxim. The car had an elegant design, smooth and powerful engines, and accommodating interior. In fact, it was smaller than the previous model. Buyers had preferred smaller saloons over the previous run and the automaker downsized their new top-of-the-line model. At the same time, Jaguar redesigned the car above the waistline and increased the size of the cabin glass by 18% with slender front pillars, a wider windscreen, larger side windows, and a curving rear window. This meant that the car felt more spacious than ever. Luxurious touches included the radiator grille, larger tail and fog lights, improved interior heating, and chromed frames for the side windows.
Jaguar offered the Mark 2 with a range of configurations and displacements for the redoubtable XK twin-cam six-cylinder engines. The XK engine was known for its advanced valve and head configuration that enabled high torque with little stress compared to contemporary competitors. On the Mark 2, the XK was offered in 2.4L with 120 bhp and 3.4L with 210 bhp, and the rare 3.8L with 220 horsepower. The 3.8L engine was shared with the Jaguar E-Type (where it was known as the XKE) but lacked one SU carburetor for slightly decreased performance. In England, the capable Jaguar Mark 2 was considered a getaway car for criminals and gangsters—pursued by law enforcement officials in the same model. Ultimately, the 3.8L Mark 2 was the epitome of grace, pace, and space, but all three models gained a reputation for nimble handling and peppy performance
Jaguar dropped the larger engine in 1967, and the two remaining configurations were renamed the Jaguar 240 and the Jaguar 340 until the model was discontinued in 1969 with the introduction of the new flagship saloon, the Jaguar XJ6. The original model inspired the curvaceous Jaguar S-Type in 1999. Collectors kept the graceful model alive, and new buyers interested in maintaining a classic car can appreciate the fact that you can still find parts for this edition to this day.