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Vicarage has continued to develop the MK 2, 45 years after Jaguar ceased production of Britain’s most elegant sporting saloon.
How does a car that might be anything up to sixty years old appear to be brand new? Because Vicarage goes right back to the basics. Take the MK2. Old Jaguar bodies are stripped to the bare metal before being shot-blasted. This ensures that the body is corrosion free, not just for now, but for years to come.
If the new metal has to be welded into the body shell it is impossible to spot the seams. Vicarage engineers and technicians work to very close tolerances to ensure the perfect fit of all panels. Sprayed with a coat of etch primer developed to keep rust at bay for well into the foreseeable future, each MK2 body is then treated with a stone chip undercoats, topcoasts and laquer. It takes two working days to hand polish the painted body to Vicarage’s Satisfaction.
Meanwhile, every mechanical and electrical component is either restored, newly manufactured or else discarded in favour of modern substitutes such as solid state electronics. Walnut finishes are sanded, treated and polished. Leather seats are completely refurbished, but you can also specify a modern Vanden Plas that offers firm yet luxurious support for your back. Using traditional hand-stiched high quality leather, these new seats represent new and old technologies, style and techniques working in perfect harmony.
Once fully crafted to a level not available elsewhere, a Vicarage Jaguar is thoroughly tested, ready and waiting to transform its owner from commonplace driver to privileged motorist.
Underneath the complex steel curves that give a Vicarage Jaguar its unrivalled shape beats a mechanical heart that betters that of the original car. Each Vicarage engine is blueprinted. A Vicarage 3.8 and 4.2 XK engine is quieter, smoother and more powerful than the Jaguar original. Each engine is supplied in lead free form.
The Vicarage engine is a masterpiece of design and engineering, as good to look at as it is to drive behind. Treated gently, the Vicarage XK is a near silent servant, working efficiently in the background, pulling strongly without fuss from walking pace in top gear. But called upon to press on, the legendary Le Mans winning engine will prove its racing pedigree, responding instantly and eagerly to the throttle. The cat will howl into full blooded life. Even by today’s standards, a Vicarage MK2 Jaguar is a fast car.