Jaguar a luxurious cruise
WHEN a car is affectionately known as “Miss Daisy” you can guarantee its role in life is one of luxurious and rather mild-mannered cruising.
That's no bad thing for Annette Daddow's 1966 Jaguar MkII, as these stylish old Brits serve their purpose very well as opulent and spacious barges even 45 years after they rolled off the production line.
Yet under Annette's Jag's distinctive curved bonnet resides a 3.4-litre straight-six engine good for 157kW and 291Nm, ensuring it can hold its own against many modern machines, and proving why it was such a popular choice for both the cops and robbers in 1960s London.
Annette and husband John bought the MkII as a daily driver a number of years ago, and it has proved so reliable they've seen little reason to upgrade it for a newer model.
“I've always loved the style of these cars: it's a classic shape and lovely to drive,” Annette said. “It's been relatively trouble-free during our ownership, and it seems to just need general upkeep like new tyres and a replacement battery.”
Finished in beautiful white coachwork, the MkII's body belies its years, while the interior shows a level of style and longevity sadly lacking in so many modern cars. The seats and wood panels are still original, and with a red leather and red carpet finish throughout, it epitomises Swinging 60s cool.
“It used to be quite a handful around shopping centres and in town, but we've fitted power steering, air-conditioning and a brake booster so it drives like any modern car now,” Annette said.
“As with most cars of this age it has some wind noise and a few rattles, but that all adds to its character. The grandchildren absolutely love it, and I'm thinking my granddaughter may like it as a wedding car when she decides to get married.”
These MkII Jags came with either 2.4-litre, 3.4-litre or 3.8-litre powerplants, with the latter two variants proving excellent performers. This comes at a cost of course, with Annette and John estimating their 3.4-litre with three-speed automatic gearbox returns around 15-18mpg (about 17 litres/100km).
With today's fuel prices that means the old MkII is used only on local journeys around the Sunshine Coast, but it has been known to venture as far as the Gold Coast in the past.
This classic 1966 MkII shows no signs of slowing down as it nears its half-century with grace and dignity, and proves itself a worthy stable mate for the other Jaguar – a 1970 E-Type – also tucked away in the Daddows' garage.
Owner: Annette Daddow.
Model: 1966 Jaguar MkII 3.4.
Details: Mid-sized executive saloon built between 1959 and 1967.
Number produced: 83,976.
Engine: 3.4-litre Jaguar XK inline six-cylinder producing 157kW @ 5500rpm and 291Nm @ 3000rpm.
Transmission: Three-speed automatic column shift.
Value today: $12,000-$35,000.
Did you know? The 3.8-litre version of the Jaguar MkII was the fastest mass-produced sedan of its day, reaching a top speed of over 200kmh. A racing version also won the inaugural European Touring Car Championship in 1963.