Jaguar S Type 3.4 4 Door Saloon Automatic

By February 26, 2014Previous Classic Car Entries

Jaguar S Type 3.4 4 Door Saloon Automatic sold for £1,100 at the April 25th Classic Car Auction

Lot 7

Jaguar S Type 3.4 4 Door Saloon Automatic. This barn find is a great opportunity to own one of these remarkable cars. They were made from 1963-1968 and were the more luxurious alternative to the MK2. It had better steering, independent rear axle, and still retained the fabulous 3.4 XK twin cam engine, giving top speed of 118mph, 0-60mph in 10 seconds.


Sold no reserve.

Sold for £1,100.

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Additional Information on the Jaguar S Type

“The Jaguar Mark 2 was introduced in 1959 and sold throughout most of the 1960s. It had a live rear axle and was powered by the XK six-cylinder engine first used in the Jaguar XK120 of 1948. In the Mark 2 the engine was available in 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8-litre capacities. In 1961 Jaguar launched two new models. The full size Jaguar Mark X saloon (pronounced mark ten) used Jaguar’s new independent rear suspension and a triple SU carburettor version of the 3.8-litre XK engine. The other new car for 1961 was the Jaguar E-Type sports car, which shared the same 3.8-litre engine as the Mark X but used a scaled down version of the independent rear suspension. Having released the Mark X, with its many technical refinements, Jaguar boss Sir William Lyons expected the Mark 2 would need updating with similar features if it was to retain its place in the market. Accordingly, work began on developing the S-Type (codenamed “Utah Mk III”, the Mark 2 having been “Utah Mk II”) as soon as development work was finished on the Mark X.

The S-Type was a major redevelopment of the Mark 2. It used a mid-scale version of the Mark X independent rear suspension to replace the Mark 2’s live rear axle and featured longer rear bodywork, among other styling and interior changes. The S-Type was available with either 3.4 or 3.8-litre XK engines but only in twin carburettor form because the triple carburettor setup would not fit into what was essentially still the Mark 2 engine bay. By the time of the S-Type’s release in 1963, the Mark 2 remained an unexpectedly strong seller despite its age. Although the Mark X was selling less well than hoped, especially in its intended market of the USA, Sir William decided to retain all three models in the Jaguar range concurrently. The Mark X was renamed “420G” in 1966 and was joined by another new model, the 4.2-litre 420. The 420 was developed to replace the S-Type but because some demand remained for the S-Type, all four saloon models (Mark 2, S-Type, 420 and 420G) remained on sale until the arrival of the Jaguar XJ6 in 1968. The XJ6 replaced all but the 420G in the Jaguar range.”


“Very nice car, Terry. Very good steal,”growls Richard Burton in the filmVillain as he appraises his driver’s 3.8-litre S-type.

Prior to this underrated 1971 crime drama (below), the Jaguar’s main cinematic claim to fame was as a police car in the chase that opened 1967’s Robbery, but the sight of Burton & Co using the S-type for a wages snatch in Bracknell sealed its image for a generation.

It has to be said that the S-type was virtually unsurpassed as a getaway car; the boot was larger than the Mk2’s, it was more manoeuvrable than a Rover P5 and faster than a Vanden Plas 3-Litre or Humber Super Snipe.”

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