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Jaguar Mk1 3.4 for sale £44,995

In black with dark red interior.

In the summer of 1959, a Mr. Zimmer purchased himself a Mk1 Jaguar 3.4 automatic, registration number UKV 514, from Jaguar. He holidayed in it in the UK for a month, shipped it to New York in July '59 and eventually on to California where he lived. He used the car sparingly and in 1989 it returned to the UK to a family member we are told. The import papers are in the file.

It quickly passed to a Mr. Cobbold who, after much fun and games with the DVLC, managed to register the car back on to its original mark. The file has all the correspondence with the DVLC and The Jaguar Drivers club who helped Mr. Cobbold retrieve the number. At this time the car had covered 33,000 miles.

He kept the Jaguar until 2002 when it passed to a local enthusiast who has lightly refurbished it during his ownership. The paintwork was weary after 34 years so the car was repainted in its original black in 2003. The interior had been changed to cream at some stage so was retrimmed in its orignal red with new carpets, door cards and new leather.

It was decided to convert the Jaguar from automatic to manual transmission and so a gearbox and reconditioned overdrive unit from a Mk11 were sourced and fitted. The engine and gearbox assembly came out to carry out this job so the engine was refreshed with new shells, pistons and a de-coke. A new exhaust went on and the plain steel wheels were changed for the black wires now fitted which look fantastic.

The underside of the car appears never to have seen a welding torch and is crisp and correct. It is a little dry in places underneath, but we have deliberately left it like that so interested parties a can see the originality. We would advise a session with a Waxoyl gun at some stage.

The Jaguar comes with some history from the States, the import documentation, the paperwork for the registration number retrieval, invoices for various works in the UK and a Heritage Certificate confirming that it left the factory with black bodywork and a red interior and that it has its original 3.4 litre engine.

A superb looking Jaguar which has only covered 34,000 miles in its lifetime.