Jaguar Mark 2 In October 1959 the Mark 2 saloon was introduced as a replacement for the Mark 1. The changes that were most readily apparent were in appearance. The windows were made larger, mainly by using more slender roof supports now that it had become evident that those on the Mark 1 were thicker than necessary.
The rear axle was also made much wider to remove the crab tracked appearance, much improving the new cars stability. The interior was also redesigned, retaining the traditional Jaguar image, but appearing more modern at the same time.
Three new engine options became available on the Mark 2, all using the B type cylinder head: the 2.4 litre which produced 120 bhp; the 210 bhp 3.4 litre; and the Mark IXs 3.8 litre engine producing 220 bhp, which gave the Mark 2 a top speed of 125 mph with a 0 to 60mph acceleration of 8.5 seconds.
An automatic transmission was an option on all versions of the Mark 2, and the 3.8 litre model also had a limited slip differential fitted as standard to counteract the tail wag that the additional engine torque could produce.
The Mark 2 cars were to rank amongst the best loved Jaguars ever made, with many enthusiasts still regarding them as ultimate classics. Most will recognise the Mark 2 as the car driven by fictional TV detective Inspector Morse, played by John Thaw. The 3.8 litre car in particular gained a reputation as being particularly capable (especially for bank raids), being fast and with room enough for five adults, and were often depicted as getaway cars in television shows