This Jaguar Mk. II 3.8 is one of only twenty-five original cars modified by Coombs of Guildford.
Having been a successful driver John Coombs turned entrant for some of the best British drivers of the fifties and sixties, including World Champions Jackie Stewart, Jack Brabham and Graham Hill. The family business, Coombs of Guildford was one of the foremost Jaguar dealerships so it was no surprise that Coombs successfully entered the British Saloon (Touring) Car Championship with Jaguars.
Unlike their opposition, Coombs received bare shells from Jaguar and built them into race winning cars utilising their own modifications. Some of these engine and chassis tweaks were made available to clients for their road cars. In the early sixties these made an enormous difference to the performance but at similar increase in price, probably the reason only 25 cars were so modified.
Chassis number 206418DN was initially sold to Ruffler & Walker Ltd of Battersea in 1961 and in 1966 the car passed to a Mr Arthur Pullinger of Chessington, Surrey. Contained within the history file are the original Coombs invoices which confirm that ‘206418DN’ benefited from the following Coombs upgrades whilst in his ownership during 1967.
After enjoying the car for several years Mr Pullinger sold ‘206418DN’ to Mr Leslie Bates of High Wycombe in 1970 and in 1976 he put the car into storage where it remained unused for some thirty five years.
Following the cars discovery in 2011 the car was acquired by well-known historic racer and Jaguar enthusiast Shaun Lynn (also the owner of the Coombs original E-Type Lightweight '4 WPD') who entrusted marque expert CKL Developments with the re-commissioning. The brief was concise, completely restore the car whilst retaining as many of the original panels and parts as possible. Metal work and paint was undertaken onsite by Neil Dawes of Kingswell Coachworks, the original interior was refurbished by CA Upton & Son, whilst the engine was rebuilt in house by CKL itself. During the restoration, Ken Bell (modification engineer for Coombs of Guildford in period) authenticated the car including its engine which was found in its original blueprinted format. The restoration process has been thoroughly documented and was a feature in the November 2013 edition of Classic Cars Magazine.
Finished in the cars original colour scheme of Carmen red with black leather interior and period Coombs E-Type steering wheel, this represents an extremely rare opportunity to purchase an original Coombs MKII 3.8