Jaguar 340, year 1969. Body colour British Racing Green with a beige leather interior and beige carpet. This gorgeous and rare Jaguar 340 is in excellent condition and the car drives perfectly. The Jaguar 340 succeeded the nearly identical Jaguar Mk II in the year 1967. The 340 simply put a ‘smarted-up’ and ‘dressed down’ Mk II fitted with slimmer (more elegant) bumpers. Deleted were the front fitted fog lamps and the pretty useless flip out walnut ‘shelf-tables’ in the back of the front seats. Also the 3.8 Litre engine was no longer available, the 340 was powered by the 3.4 Litre XK six-cylinder engine. The Jaguar 340 is a rare Jaguar model, only 2630 cars were built.
This Jaguar 340 is a European left-hand drive model featuring the odometer reading in km/h and fitted with the European rear-axle making possible higher cruising and top speeds. This car is fitted with a Getrag 5-speed gearbox and Jaguar XJ power-steering. The engine was overhauled 10.000 kilometres ago and it was modified to run on lead-free petrol. The complete interior has been renewed recently including the wood dashboard. The car is fitted with a Stainless-Steel exhaust, chrome wire wheels and slim ‘Coombs spats’ over the rear wheels. The wider original spats are also with the car. A splendid example.
This Jaguar is for sale at Imparts.
Price: Euro 39.500, -.
The Jaguar Mk I/Mk II/ 340 is the most characteristic Jaguar "Sport-sedan" line in history. Almost everybody knows and recognizes the model as a Jaguar.
The Mk II/ 340 was a car with two faces: on the one hand, it was a very fast sport-sedan, which made the car favorite of British crooks as well as the police (a fact which was made full use of in many films and television series; think of Get Carter –1970-, featuring Michael Caine, and more recently, Inspector Morse). On the other hand, it was a very comfortable acceptable business car in which the ‘upper class’ would happily present themselves.
The 340 derived its power and speed from the famous Jaguar XK engine with which Jaguar had been able to win in Le Mans in 1951 and in 1953. The Jaguar 340 was equipped with the
3442 cc. engine producing 210 bhp..
The Jaguar 340 is very suitable for daily (business) use and will give the lucky owner much driving pleasure as well as a distinct image concerning the choice of car.
Six cylinder engine
cylinder capacity: 3442 cc.
capacity: 210 bhp. at 5500 rpm.
top-speed: 123 mph. - 198 km/h.
gearbox: 4-speed manual (overdrive optional) / 3-speed automatic
weight: 1525 kg.
*Source: The Jaguar File
Though the Jaguar brand was first used in 1945, its factory had been founded long before. In 1922, William Lyons and William Walmsley laid the foundation of the firm in Blackpool, England, with the name of Swallow Coachbuilding Co. The factory constructed motorcycles and sidecars and later bodies based on the Austin Seven chassis. When in the 1930s their own SS cars were built, the company name was changed into SS cars Ltd.
The SS cars were conventional saloons and drophead coupes in the way many other British brands built them.
For obvious reasons, After World War II the company name SS Cars Ltd. was changed into Jaguar Cars Ltd. It was the birth of the now famous and popular make of Jaguar.
The pre-war SS models were sold under the name of Jaguar until 1948, and in this year the saloon, the MK-V, and a sports car, which was the much talked of XK 120, were brought onto the market.
The XK 120 was very successful, and established the fame of this name as one of the icons in the history of motorcars. The XK 120 could reach 120 miles an hour (almost 200 km/h), which made it the fastest production car of its time. Moreover, the XK 120 cost much less than the other comparable production models by Aston Martin and Ferrari.
In 1951 and 1953, Jaguar won the 24-hour of Le Mans with a racer based on the XK 120, the Jaguar C-type. It made the name outright immortal. Success was continued the next years with the Jaguar D-type, which surpassed its competitors with its disc brakes.
The XK sports car series was a success and the XK 120 was succeeded by the XK 140 and XK 150 over the years. The deluxe saloons were a spur to victory with the introduction of the MK I in 1957 and the MK II in 1959. This self-willed, streamlined sedan was a real ‘wolf in sheep’s clothing’. The car was fitted with the powerful 3.4 litre XK six-cylinder engine, which was good for reaching a top-speed of about 200 km/h.
In 1960, Jaguar took over the British Daimler, and from that time onward it used the name of Daimler for its deluxe, comfort-oriented models, and the name of Jaguar for its sporty cars.
In 1961, the famous Jaguar E-Type was born. The E-Type was inspired by the D-Type racing car from the fifties. Like the XK, the E-Type was an icon in the history of car making, with an almost alien design and excellent technology. The E-Type appeared as a roadster, as an FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and as a 2+2. They also built some special lightweight E-Types to prolong the racing successes of the past. However, they did not succeed as competitors had copied the technical achievements of the D-Type.
In the production of the deluxe saloons, a large MK X was added to the MK II, and the contiguous S-Type, the 240/340 series and the 420/420G series were brought onto the market.
In 1968, the Jaguar XJ was designed and though evolved in many ways, the XJ is available to this very day.…
In 1971, a V12 engine was added to the Jaguar E-Type, and later in the Daimler Double Six and the Jaguar XJ 12. At that time, it was the only twelve-cylinder engine in serial production in the world.
In the mid-seventies, the E-Type had to clear the field and besides the XJ, the special-lined 2+2 came onto the market. It was the XJS. This car was also available as a convertible.
So far the classic period. In the future the Jaguar history from 1980 will be filled in.
© Marc Vorgers