403 GCY chassis number 203824 DN is an original 1961 Jaguar 3.8 Litre Mk2 manual with overdrive. Its Heritage certificate reveals that the car was originally finished in Imperial Maroon with Red interior and fitted with wire wheels. The car was supplied to Archibalds, Christchurch New Zealand.
We purchased and brought the car back to the UK in 2016. At that time the car retained its original red leather interior but had received a colour change from its factory Maroon to Old English White.
The 1st task was to make sure the car was roadworthy, so still on its NZ registration number we put the car through an MOT on the 22nd of November 2016.
Overall, the car was surprisingly solid and original with no evidence of it having any significant corrosion or repairs to its inner and outer sills, or B and C posts. The rear wheel arches and boot floor were also in good condition, with evidence that at some point the car had been fitted with a towbar.
In May 2017 we personally commenced with a comprehensive restoration of the car that would take 4 years of exhaustive work.
There is a comprehensive photographic and financial record of the work, showing the car being dismantled, together with all areas of corrosion before and after the rectification work.
The body (tub) was taken back to bare metal, the floors are original, with any repair sections being painstakingly made and let in with no visible weld or witness marks.
The front inner wings were as new thanks to the car having been rust protected. The outer front wings once stripped showed they had been repaired and therefore they were removed and replaced with new / old stock factory wings.
We decided against dipping the tub as we wanted to avoid the retention of any corrosive substrates from the dipping process. So, the shell was painstakingly stripped back to bare metal by hand, save for the doors, boot, and bonnet.
A huge amount of time and knowhow has gone into gapping the doors, and panels.
Except for the front wings all the other panels belong to the car, although the doors had sections of inner and outer metalwork let in, to ensure there was no rot or rust. The attention to detail continues to the underside of this MK2 and matches the finish of the exterior.
This Jaguar MK2 3.8 Manual has been restored to be driven and therefore the underside is now treated with a removable Body Wax Black paint protection manufactured by Wurth. Again, there are detailed photos showing the finish to the underside prior to the application of the Wax protection.
All the chrome / brightwork was refinished by ACF Howell’s of Wolverhampton.
PK Veneer’s of Derby refaced the dashboard and capping’s using the same quality and finish of veneer, that Jaguar would have originally specified.
The headlining, leather seats and interior trim were supplied and fitted by GB Classic Trim Ltd who are a Jaguar Land Rover Classics Ltd approved supplier.
Mechanically, the car has received an extraordinary rebuild, covering engine, gearbox, overdrive, differential, brakes, suspension and running gear underwritten by detailed invoices.
The engine is fully rebuilt and balanced, specified with Mahle pistons, 4.2 injection cams, fed by its 2” SU Carburetors and is controlled by electronic ignition.
The Power-Lock limited slip differential underwent a comprehensive rebuild by and Ex Jaguar Car Ltd engineer and features a higher ratio for improved cruising.
The Moss gearbox and overdrive were also rebuilt, and the gearbox is a delight to use.
Brakes are period looking alloy calipers with billeted aluminium pistons, The Avo shock absorbers are adjustable.
The steering box for these cars is more difficult to rebuild, due to the lack of availability of parts. In this case, we had 3 steering boxes restored before finding one that operated lightly, smoothly, and accurately.
The car benefits from a new wiring loom, together with its reconditioned instrumentation illuminated by LED bulbs.
403GCY is owned by a Cariconics Ltd director and therefore this car will be sold by private treaty. There is virtually every invoice covering an estimated spend (including the original purchase price of the car) of more than £125,000.
The sale includes the cherished plate 403 GCY.