Built on the 27th June 1967, while Procol Harum’s A Whiter Shade of Pale was enjoying a 6-week stint at the top of the charts, this Cream over Red Ambla Jaguar Mk2 was finally dispatched from the Browns Lane Factory on the 18th July; the very day The Beatles’ All You Need is Love rocketed to No.1.
Distributed via the infamous Henlys of London outfit, this Mk2 was sold through the H.L. Abbott Motors dealer of Leigh-on-Sea and registered to its first owner in the beginning of the following August. As an established Chief Engineer with the Merchant Navy and with anticipation building over the time spent at sea, Colin Bruce Dew must have surely been the proudest man alive when he finally collected his brand new Jaguar Mk2.
While the 3.8 Mk2, or indeed an E-Type, would have been the reserve of an Officer or Captain, Mr Dew would have felt no less special sitting on these sumptuous leather seat, behind that varnished wood dashboard and piloting this gleaming 3.4-litre example.
Imagine the envy of his colleagues and neighbours, but also the agony of being away at sea and not being able to fully exploit the use of this incredible new saloon.
In fact Mr Dew had so little time to drive the Jaguar that, when it passed to his daughter in 1992, it had covered fewer than 4,500 miles. Staggering then on both counts; firstly that he would barely take the car beyond its first service interval and secondly that he would keep it for three decades in perfectly preserved condition.
Mrs Lynne Edwards proudly took up the mantel set by her father and continued to cherish the Mk2 for a further 23 years, by which time it had still only covered 9,195 miles, until we were able to acquire it in 2015.
Never restored, taken apart or modified this mk2 is undoubtedly a benchmark of originality for all Mk2s. With known, one-family history from new there can be few other cars, let alone other Mk2s, that can boast such provenance.
The look, the sound and even the smell are profoundly authentic and combined provide real slice of swinging sixties motoring history.
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