Personality? Not the most necessary attribute in a car built for competition, but that doesn’t stop this 1961 hillclimb Jaguar MkII from being one of the most charismatic cars we’ve yet turned our mics towards. From the period ‘graffiti’ to the original wooden steering wheel, it’s an absolute paddock stopper, so to speak.
It even manages to sound good with a set of track day silencers fitted – no mean feat.
Owner Steve Whiting has owned it for three years and is slowly getting it back to competition-worthy condition after the car sat untouched for a decade. Up front is a XK motor bored-out to 4-litres, in full ‘race-spec’, sat under a one-piece fibreglass front end. All the mods, including the relocated rear radiators and the huge scoops which channel air towards them, were performed by the car’s owner in 1971. The car even ran at sprint events at Goodwood in period.
Steve will be returning the great Jag to hillclimbing soon – but also has an eye on eventually making it road legal too…