Cristiano Luzzago’s passion for British cars is great today he is driving the Jaguar MK2 Dear friends, classic cars lovers, today we talk about the Jaguar MK2 a real icon of this brand in the 50’s and 60’s Preceded by the models 2400 and 3400, the MK2 with such simple name that could have gone unnoticed in the
car history, has become a very precise and distinguishing emblem
of this model that was a dividing line in construction of Jaguar cars We are in a historical scenario in which
all car manufacturers are improving their production from chassis to monocoque bodies MK1 and MK2 are the first
Jaguar sedan so-called “Sport Saloon” because they can be driven daily both for family and representative use but at the same time sporty.
Indeed many of these cars were successfully raced in
many international competitions The Mk2 was built in three versions:
2.400cc, 3.400cc and 3.800cc Definitely the 3,800, which is the one we show today, is the best expression of the brand In fact it was a car performing 220 hp
and the speed of 210 km-h This explains why in the Sixties this car was truly an icon of sportiness and elegance for all those people who loved to excel and wanted to stand out driving a car with beautiful aerodynamic line with the highest level of performance,
typical interior finishes up to the English tradition spectacular woods veneered in walnut seats upholstered in Connolly leather,
made with a cure and a value superior to any other car manufacturer,
the wire wheels which were a must for British cars,
in this case they are chromed Dunlop a standard on the 3,800 and above all, what distinguished technically from the other models was the
limited sleep differential that combined to the engine performances give a big help in stability
when using this car at high speeds The Jaguar Mk2 was a car that made the brand well known on the italian and European market in the 1960’s This car, together with the Jaguar “E type”, are the ones that
made Jaguar brand truly famous and the ones we remember first.
What really made this model disruptive was its performance.
In fact the 3800 engine, which is the classic Jaguar “XK” engine that equipped the
cars from 1949 to the mid 80’s it is a very high performance engine The four disc brakes, not yet available on the previous model “Mk1” on the Mk2 made the braking prodigious,
to the point the Jaguar had to install a badge bearing a red triangle on the rear bumper warning that this car was equipped with disc brakes to prevent other drivers from colliding,
surprised by such powerful braking Lyons’ goal was to create a saloon car but sporty at the same time.
From here the name “Sport Saloon” was born In fact if we had to compare this model with
the Jaguar XK150 Coupé that was in production at the time,
we would see that the front is almost identical to the point that the front grille could probably be moved by one car to the other without having to do big changes This was to maintain the family feeling
of the front but, above all for keeping the same sporty setting
that this car should have had The “Leaping Jaguar” on the hood
represents the aggressiveness and competitiveness that these models had to have both in the sports field and in sales.
This car allowed to have huge commercial success either in Europe
and in United States for a use in jacket and tie but got also
many successes in the most important international competitions
both on the track and in the rally and therefore it was truly one of the Jaguar’s greatest icons of the 60s The success of the MK2 was so great that Jaguar
forty years later, in the 2000s decided to introduce the “S Type” which
resumed the MK2 stylistic canons modernized in the hope of having a model
that could renew its splendor But we write the story only once
and it is hard to repeat it