2. Juli 2022
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Andrew, with his Jaguar Mk II (240)

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This is the third in our series of articles about older people, and older cars, around Inzing… Here we present the white 1968 Jaguar Mk. II (240), often seen around Inzing during sunny summer days (only!)

In front of our garage in Brechtenweg 28, Inzing.

Originally, she was my father’s car. I bought in 1978, when she was 10 years old, for 375 Pounds and imported her here in Austria.  (He wanted the best price for his car…and didn’t actually want me to have it….what with a wife and having a young family to support!) She has lived with me in several different garages over the years, always dry-stored. After all, ‘cats don’t like the rain’, and especially ‘big cats’, like a Jaguar! She has been regularly serviced, and gained a new MOT (Para. 57/ ‘Pickerl’) every year since 1984.

In the summer of 2021, she was given a complete mechanical overhaul by Habel Automobil Restauration in Innsbruck (new inlet and outlet valves, new camshafts, twin carburettors dismantled, cleaned and re-assembled).

Now…. possibly….she is for sale! (My wife says: “We have too much car metal hanging around!”)

Interested? Then do please contact: a.milneskinner@gmail.com

And now in German! Background to the Jaguar Mk. II….

Zum Hintergrund…. Der bekannte Slogan für die großen Jaguars der späten 1950er war ‘Grace…space…and pace’. (Stilvolle Eleganz, geräumig, schnell)

Herbst 1959: Das Jaguarprogramm umfasste 31 verschiedene Modelle! Jetzt erschien der stark verbesserte Mark 2. Besseres Aussehen: verbesserte Linienführung, ästhetische Eleganz, größere Fensterflächen, niedrigere Gürtellinie, mehr Chrom, verbesserte Fahrleistungen, bessere Straßenlage. Eine Mischung aus Stil, Leistung und Prestige: Prestige, Power, Pedigree! Verwandt mit dem rennsportbewährten XK, mit zwei obenliegenden Nockenwellen.

Mit 2.4, 3.4, 3.8 Liter Motoren waren die Mark IIs die schnellste Serien-Limousine der Welt in den frühen 1960er! Ein Wolf im Schafspelz?

Unser Auto hier in Inzing: ein Mk. II (240)

Neuer, dem E-Typ entlehnter Zylinderkopf (von 120 PS auf 133PS!).  Neues Getriebe. Verglichen mit dem 2.4 von 1956, nur wenig teurer, insgesamt aber ein viel besseres Auto. Motor: überragend laufruhig und leise, 170 km/h schnell, Elastizität – ab 15 km/h im 4. Gang, aber hoher Benzinverbrauch aufgrund des hohen Wagengewichts (ca. 12-14 Liter pro 100 km.) Der Tankinhalt (54 l) ist selbst bei ziviler Fahrweise schnell erschöpft! Vielleicht untermotorisiert für ein Gewicht von fast anderthalb Tonnen? 4210 Exemplare gebaut, 730 davon Linkslenkung.

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Sandrew

Andrew and Sandra were both born in Scotland and both studied at the University of St Andrews, although they didn’t know each other then. Andrew is an English teaching professional with 40 years’ experience at school and University level. He has held seminars all over Europe and is still active in professional development for teachers and in related publishing. Andrew moved to Inzing from Innsbruck in 1998. He has worked in Austria for most of his working life. He is a great reader and has an impressive library. His other interests include classic cars and football. Sandra had a varied career as a manager in public services in the UK, finally specializing in Customer Service. She spent the last part of her working life as a freelance management consultant. She is also qualified to teach English and is a member of the Institute of Customer Service (UK). Her hobbies include gardening, hillwalking and cycling. She and Andrew married in August 2006 and Sandra moved to Inzing in 2011 when they built their house in Brechtenweg. Andrew and Sandra are members of the Inzing Freundeskreis für Integration and help to run a fortnightly Sprachcafé for newcomers. Andrew was a contributor to the Radio Enterbach project in 2009 and Andrew and Sandra now make two programmes for Freirad, Poetry Café and reading Circle (both in English). They are keen to ensure that the Dorfzeitung remains a meaningful and useful publication which offers something to everyone who lives in the village.

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Ein Gedanke zu “Andrew, with his Jaguar Mk II (240)

  1. She is such a beauty! Und für Krimifans sollte noch erwähnt werden, dass Inspektor Morse (der Alte, in der ursprünglichen Serie) einen solche Jaguar in Rot fuhr. Wer also Oxforder Krimi-Feeling aufkommen lassen will, hätte mit diesem Gerät gute Chancen…

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