High performance comparable to a sports car, despite being a classic saloon
3.4In the Mark 1 era, the 3.4L was the largest engine, but in the Mark 2, the 3.8L XK unit used in the Jaguar sports car "XK150" of the same era became available. Although the power of 220ps is not much different from 3.4L, the improvement in torque is remarkable, and the substantial performance has seen a significant improvement. It is also worth noting that the increased flexibility has led to a greater number of combinations with the Borg Warner 3-speed automatics set in the late Mark 1 era.
On the other hand, in the evolution to Mark 2, the chassis was also refreshed, such as widening the rear tread, but most notably, the disc brakes that Jaguar was the first to deploy in the world at that time, It was adopted for the wheel. As if appealing to the powerful braking power, a badge was affixed in the center of the rear bumper to call attention to rear-end collision.
In addition, the exterior has been significantly overhauled, and the mark 1 was pressed integrally with the door. Refresh. The lightness of the styling has been increased, and the elegant atmosphere unique to Jaguar has been dramatically improved.
On the other hand, the interior of the Mark 1 was also modernized, such as replacing the instrument panel in the center of the dash panel with the front of the driver's seat. Meet the pride of car fans.
The high performance of the Jaguar Mark 2 has attracted motorists from all over the world, and has been a huge hit in Britain, including Europe and the United States. He also enjoyed a remarkable success in motorsports, including becoming the first champion machine at the European Touring Car Championship [ETC], which gained high popularity early in the year of 63. On the other hand, its excellent performance was recognized by police authorities in the highway era, and it was deployed nationwide as a patrol car in Britain in the 1960s. At that time, it was said to have been called the "fastest police car in the world."
Mark 2, which became Jaguar's historic icon in this way, remained in the catalog as “ 240/340 '' with slightly simplified equipment after the “ S type '', an advanced model with an extended tail, appeared in 63, and eventually It became a long seller that was produced until 1969.
The rear triangular window, which operates with very elaborate movement, is one of the common features of many British luxury cars of this era. Before the development of air conditioners, it was an important item for ventilation.
The translucent pipe protruding behind the rear seat is the outlet of the cooler. At that time, the import agency, Shin Toyo Motors, originally developed a Toshiba cooler unit in the trunk room as an option developed independently.
Published: Nostalgic Hero, February 2017, Vol.179 [All contents in the article are as of the time of publication]