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Motoring Monday: 1963 Jaguar Mk. II


There are certain Jaguar enthusiasts that think Jaguar sedans peaked at the Mk. II and went downhill from there. This 3.4 liter manual overdrive example should spur some interest, especially once they find out that it’s an Idaho barn find and is almost completely rust free. It’s listed for sale here on eBay and is currently is at $8,850 but has not yet met reserve.

Although the paint is quite faded, and may well not be the original anyway, the chrome looks to be pretty decent, even including the wire wheels. It would certainly serve me for a driver quality car.

Unfortunately, the interior is not anywhere near the condition of the exterior. Plan on replacing all the soft surfaces and at least refinishing all the wood. There’s an awful lot of both, and everything in a Jaguar interior is expensive!

The trunk floor, often rusty, looks great, and the 3.4 XK engine is known to be a sweetheart. It is free, although the car does not run at this time. Would you like to be the one that makes it run? I know I would!


  1. Charles

    I worked for a garage while in high school that specialized in import car repairs and maintenance. A customer had one of these in black. It ran well and from what I can remember it was trouble free. When the customer upgraded to a new model, they offered the old car to me for $300.00. Of course in those days a new Mustang was $2500.00. I passed on the deal because I had a 67 GTX and a 68 GMC SWB stepside truck. Times have changed…

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  2. Chuck F.

    If only I had more time, more money and more space in the shop.

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  3. Paul B

    LHD, 4-speed, overdrive, rust free. Wow. I’d love it if my dance card wasn’t already full. Someone grab this thing, recondition it mechanically for safe driving, then figure out the rest with what remains of your budget. This car is a winner for the right person.

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  4. cory

    I would take this car over any etype. Sorry, they just look so much better. I’m not a big fan of the red on this car, but otherwise it is perfect. Pretty typical for an idaho car. No rust, but the interior is baked out of it. Plan on replacing all of the rubber trim as well. Hope it gets back on the road soon

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  5. Chris A.

    The red has to go. I’d redo the interior in tan with Jaguar’s deep maroon/almost cordovan paint. It also looks like someone made a real effort to throughly clean the car inside and out before offering it for sale. Nice to see the effort. As said above, putting it back in shape won’t be cheap, but what a car. Looks like it has had a windshield replacement but missing the trim.

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  6. Horse Radish

    I guess this guy just washes and resells cars.
    See completed sales on E-bay.
    One car a month, on average.

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  7. JackT

    I’d leave the red, and get this vanity plate: NOTMORSE

    Watch an “Inspector Morse” re-run on PBS if you don’t get it.

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