1967 Jaguar Mk II Coombs tribute – Today’s Tempter

By: Alex Affat, Unique Cars magazine

Jaguar MkII front side Jaguar MkII front side
Jaguar MkII rear side Jaguar MkII rear side
Jaguar MkII engine Jaguar MkII engine
Jaguar MkII interior Jaguar MkII interior
Jaguar MkII rear coombs sticker Jaguar MkII rear coombs sticker

The gentleman’s racer: 4.2lt E-Type racing engine, five-speed manual, fastidious John Coombs tribute car

Jaguar is widely credited as - if not - inventing very notion of the supercar; they certainly contributed some of the most significant models with its groundbreaking XK120, and later with its E-type.

But while the marque became well known for its two-door sports cars throughout the 50s and 60s, it also was a talented sports saloon maker with the popular Mk II debuting in 1959.

The addition of the E-type’s 3.8lt inline-six to the range (which already comprised of a 2.4lt and 3.4lt) helped the MkII find racing success all over the world. One of the most successful teams was the UK-based outfit lead by John Coombs, who also made a business out of selling Coombs-branded modifications.

This factory right-hand drive car began life as a 2.4lt vehicle, but over many years and two long-term owners, has been turned into a comprehensive Coombs tribute car for the gentleman racer.

The list of modifications is extensive and too far to list here (see bottom for link to full listing), however the centrepiece of the project is the retrofitment of an Ian Cummins 4.2lt E-Type racing engine, backed by a five-speed Getrag gearbox.

The car is described as very presentable however, on close inspection, the paint does show some signs of use including slight blemishes and a few stone chips. The panel gaps are good however, and the car is solid and clean underneath with no rust observed in the very original-looking boot.

The interior is also described as very presentable with no rips or tears, to upholstery or cracks in the timber. Everything appears to be in working order according to the sellers, however the dash is beginning to show signs of age they say.

The car comes with a recent history file, documentation for the engine build, a spare set of wire wheels, spare wheel, jack and toolkit.

Be it for the road or the track, there’s certainly something very charming about this vintage gentleman’s racer.

You can find it based in Queensland, listed for $79,950.

Check out the full listing here!


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