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Jaguar 2.4 (Mark1), Mark 2, 240 and 340
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class h jaguar 2.4 (mark1) mark 2 240 and 340The 1955 to 1959 Jaguar 2.4, a compact sedan, was Jaguar’s first attempt at producing a unitary construction car. It was aimed at the lower end of the prestige car market and the entirely new designed and developed model proved to be suitable for enhancement and improvement over its production life. The 2.4 used a 2.4 litre 6 cylinder engine producing 112bhp. Coil springs were used at the front and some features from the D-Type were used in the rear suspension. It had drum brakes, although discs were optional from 1958. Top speed was 100mph. A 3.4 litre engine (210bhp) was available in 1957 giving a top speed of 120mph.

With the release of the Mark 2 in 1959 with 2.4, 3.4 and 3.8 litre engines the previous versions were retrospectively named the Mark 1. The exterior was improved with larger windows which provided a brighter interior. The rear track was widened and the front suspension modified. Disc brakes were standard front and rear.  

The weight was about 50kg more than the Mark 1. The 3.8 litre (220bhp) cars had limited slip differentials and power steering was available. This version was very successful on the race track with both factory and privately entered cars. It was a most competitive car in its day in the hands of such luminaries as Salvador, Moss, Hawthorn and our own Bob Jane. Production cars could reach 125mph.

In 1967 the Mark 2 was renamed as the 240 and 340. The 240 engine was up rated to133bhp, PCV replaced leather on the upholstery. Power steering was not available. Slim line bumpers similar to those on the S-Type were fitted. A small number of 380s were made to special order. Production ceased in 1968.

With the acquisition of Daimler in June 1960 the Daimler 2.5 litreV8 became available and was fitted in the Mark 2 body which was re badged and trimmed as the Daimler 250.