JAGUAR 3MMP

Jaguar 3MMP

This car has had an interesting life. I am only the third owner from new and it has been in the family all that time. Known originally as the 3.4 saloon (never the Mark I as that only came about when the Mark II was introduced) it is a manual car with overdrive. Bought new from Henley’s in London in 1957 it served many years as the transport for a GP (my wife’s uncle). He bought it at the insistence of his wife who said his previous car was “silly”. This was a 3.5 litre SS100!! When he died it passed on to his son (a consultant anaesthetist) who simply stored it for many years in a specially humidified garage!

The car was then passed to me (a surgeon) for restoration to ensure it remained in the family. This was quite a poisoned chalice as can be seen from the series of “before” photos. Although totally original with only 68000 miles on the clock everything below the kneecaps was rusted away. It was a real time warp car with full documentation and a diary of upkeep and a 1960 AA membership card in the glove compartment.

After 3 years of looking, wondering and worrying the project started. The bodywork and interior was entrusted to Graeme Price at Grace Jaguar who after a longer than anticipated time and a surprisingly large bill produced a stunning finished product. The engine and running gear was restored by Don Haldenby of course who included some subtle modifications to make the car more user friendly. These included Cooper Craft brakes on all four wheels and power steering from a Mark II.

The interior was sympathetically restored with a new headlining and carpet set. However all the instruments, woodwork and leather is totally original and working.

Since restoration the car has appeared on the RAC Classic Run and attended the 2001 Goodwood Circuit Revival as a competitors car, attracting a lot of attention in the restricted pre ’66 car park. She runs beautifully and with the addition of a fine wooden Moto Lita steering wheel the power steering makes a huge difference. Of course the Moss box requires patience and respect but the engine is a gem. It goes without saying that the Cooper Craft’s all round are well worth the investment.

The car is essentially the same as Mike Hawthorn’s and was featured in a full spread in Classic Cars – some of these photos appearing in the article.

 

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