The MK2 was first showcased in October 1959: this model was a success for Jaguar, as over 90,000 vehicles were sold. This is an incredibly high production volume for a luxury car in the 60s, a successful project which would allow Jaguar to continue investing in the research and development of innovative models which, in turn, became global icons, such as the timeless Jaguar E-type.
Among the manufactured vehicles, the one which stands out is the 3.8: it is the fastest sedan of its generation and is deservedly known as the "four-door Ferrari". The MK2 3.8 sedan craftily conceals a roaring race car motor which can reach up to 220 horsepower and 210 kilometres an hour.
A very special MK2 will be on show at the GMA stand in Padua: a 3.8 LHD manufactured on 3rd August 1967. This date is important, because on 20th August of that very same year, Jaguar stopped producing all MK2s. The car on sale at Auto e Moto d’Epoca – which has just undergone preservative restoration which left the original paint intact – is the fourth from last to ever be produced. It was sold in Italy, where it has remained to this day, changing hands only once and moving between Milan and Pavia.
As mentioned, the company bringing it to the fair is GMA, which specialises in English cars, Jaguars in particular, and for whom the MK2 plays a particularly important role. As often happens in the world of cars, the bigger legacy is made up of many smaller, personal stories. GMA's legacy began in the 80s with the sale of spare parts for none other than the MK2.