1968 Jaguar 240, 2483 cc. Registration number NVY 482F. Chassis number 1J2722DN. Engine number 7J 3170-8.
Launched in 1959 as a three-model range from the very beginning, the 2.4-litre, 120bhp engine formed the bedrock of the MKII line-up, with the performance-oriented customer able to choose between 3.4-litre and 3.8-litre engines. Jaguar’s independent front suspension and trailing arm suspension at the rear offered sparkling handling, while all-wheel disc brakes meant that it stopped as quickly as it accelerated.
Re-badged the 240 and 340 in late 1967 while Jaguar waited for the XJ6 to be launched, the 340 was withdrawn in 1968 and the 240 in April 1969, when it cost
£1364, only £20 more expensive than the first 2.4 in 1956. Output was increased from 120 bhp at 5,750 rpm to 133 bhp at 5,500 rpm and torque was increased. There was a slight reshaping of the rear body and slimmer bumpers with over-riders were fitted. The economies of the new models included replacement of leather upholstery with Ambla and tufted carpet on the floor.
NYF was purchased from Kennings of York on the 17th of May 1968 by Neville Bycroft and serviced by them at 1029 miles in the November, at 1740 miles in May 1969 and at 11,324 miles in March 1972; nine years later the MOT was undertaken at 56,098 miles and in 1985 at 60,080. It was then purchased by our vendors uncle who intended to restore it but business commitments got in the way so it remained in barn under covers. He never changed the ownership documents.
In April 2005 our vendor purchased it and began a comprehensive restoration, stripped back to bare metal, the shell was in good order and only needed localised repairs, all the chrome was replated or replaced as were all nuts and bolts with stainless steel upgrades, a stainless steel exhaust was fitted. The original interior responded very well to being cleaned and a new headlining was fitted. The engine and the manual with overdrive gearbox, only needed a good service.
Finished in 2013 it was MOT'd at 60,191, in 2015, in 2016 at 60,419 miles and 2017 at 60,460 miles. Today it is at 60,559 miles. The car has been regularly started up and warmed through but our vendor prefers restoration to use and has now decided to part with the car.
Sold with the V5C, V5, old MOT's, comprehensive photographic restoration, receipts for parts purchased, the original service book and manuals.
This 240 is highly recommended by the cataloguer who feels it would win prizes if entered into concours competitions; the underside is as perfect as the topsides!