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1958 Jaguar MK I 3.4
- High Spec example of desirable 3.4 manual MK I
- Very original and beautifully preserved
- Matching numbers with original tool kit and jack included
This very original example of a Jaguar MK I probably owes its wonderfully preserved condition to the warm dry climate of Australia, where it was shipped new in 1958 to Area Motors Engineering, Bryson, NSW. A copy of the original sales slip shows it was sold to its first owner Ben Prior for £2,208.00 which was a considerable sum in 1958. This was largely due to the high specification, which included disc brakes, wire wheels, overdrive and a bench seat which was originally only available on automatic cars.
In its original colours of Black, with black wire wheels and red leather, the bodywork is superb, with excellent panel fit and perfect shut lines, and the chrome work is in remarkably good condition.
Meanwhile the leather interior is wonderfully original with only a light patina of use, and the car retains its original jack and full set of tools.
The car remained in Australia for nearly 40 years and the history file shows bills dating from 1996 when it appears to have been recommissioned after many years off the road. The work was undertaken by Australian Jaguar Specialist Ian Cummings and is consistent with the car having had very little use, supported by an application in 1997 to register the car for road again.
The MK I returned to the UK with its owner in 2004 and remained in the same hands for a further decade. In the last year it has been fitted with a new exhaust and the brakes have been overhauled.
This could be a great daily driver or even a candidate for a preservation class in concours.