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Vehicle footprint comparisons

We’ve developed a handy online comparison tool for looking at the footprint (body length and width) of various Jaguars. A link is also provided on the right column under TOOLS. An example of the output is shown at the left (Mark II compared to the E-Type) illustrating the 7% size......

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Jaguar terminology dictionary

Every specialized field has its own terminology, and the world of Jaguars is no different. A Jaguar-oriented list of terms and vendors was originally compiled by a group of Jaguar forum members led by DonB (with contributions from JagV8, H20Boy, Translator, Thermo, JimC64, and others) and posted as hard-to-use text......

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Chassis number decoder

We’ve added a chassis number (car number) decoder for all 1955-69 Jaguar saloons, including the Daimler V8 models. Results include engine and body prefixes, type of transmission, year of manufacture, and sequence in the annual production run.   CLICK HERE FOR DECODER...

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Keeping up with the Joneses

Between October 1959 and September 1967, Jaguar manufactured 83,980 Mark II vehicles, split between right- and left-hand drive, and spread across three engine sizes (2.4, 3.4, and 3.8 liter). During the course of production, Jaguar also made many change orders, some to improve performance or eliminate defects, and others to......

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Restoration parts cost

See also the complete replacement parts list. What does it cost to restore a Jaguar saloon? First, project cost is roughly proportional to the condition of the vehicle you start with. Second, cash outlay depends on how much work, or “sweat equity”, you put in yourself versus relying on the......

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Jaguar handbook revisited

Jaguar provided new owners with a Handbook for each model (the 3.4 and 3.8 have slightly different versions of the Handbook). Several upgrades – alternator, expanded fuse box, electronic distributor, hazard warning, and so on – will be change specifications and operation, so an updated Handbook would be handy. We’ll......

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John Skinner Mfg backstory

Classic car restoration is the quintessential cottage industry, and many of its vendors remain small family enterprises that reflect the spirit and enthusiasm of their customers. Our upholstery supplier, John Skinner (Manufacturing) Ltd U.K., is a good example, and their history mirrors the experience of many participants in this unique......

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Exploded part plates

Jaguar produced 91 exploded part plates to show how everything in the Mk2 2.4 model should fit together. However, only 45 of them are relevant to our specific chassis and configuration (other plates cover, for example, automatic transmissions, right-hand drive, later modifications, and so on). EXPLODED PARTS: 1961 MK2 2.4......

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Jaguar Mk2 1959 brochure

Jaguar’s marketing launch of the Mark 2 in 1959-60 was modest by today’s consumer standards. Apart from various technical manuals (parts, service, owner), Jaguar produced a few posters and apparently only a single introductory brochure devoted exclusively to the new Mark 2 model. This brochure, printed in Coventry, England by......

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Where our readers come from

After 2+ years of writing this blog, we’ve amassed a lot of statistics about the Jaguar Mk2 community. The most popular posts concern wiring — schematics, switch connections, electrical components, and the like. The top ten locations by country are: United States United Kingdom Australia France Germany Japan New Zealand......

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