Un-mundane Mondays – Part: III

A new week has dawned upon us. And I hope that this post helps you turbocharge your week and rev up your spirits..!!

This post is about a “discovery” in the land of rivers, sea and canals – The Netherlands. However, this doesn’t deal with any “canal” or “Amsterdam” for sure.



Photograph



A Jaguar Mark 2 Car in Rotterdam, The Netherlands
Copyright: Abirbhav Mukherjee

Where


Rotterdam, a famous port city located in the South Holland province of The Netherlands. It’s a spic and span modern Mega-city which has preserved it’s beautiful archaic buildings and the rich cultural heritage of the Netherlands. People might consider Rotterdam as an alternative to the heavily touristy city of Amsterdam.

What


Ah..!! What a pleasant surprise to find a classic British beauty standing elegantly in the baroque Dutch urbanscape.

Being someone who is passionate about automobiles and has had a good deal of experience working with among some of the Top-shots of the Automotive Industry from Research & Development to Business Development, this find was bound to turbocharge my day and power me up for my subsequent trip that day to UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kinderdijk.

This beauty is the Jaguar Mark 2 car.

This vintage car was highly popular in the decade of 1959 CE to 1969 CE when it was discontinued. A

I consider this car to be a bit ahead of it’s times. I shall elucidate the reasons in a language as close to English as possible.

  • The Jaguar Mark 2 combines the Best of many worlds – Elegance, Technology, Power and Agility. It appeals equally to many personalities – the Classic elites, the tech-savvy youngsters, the Family people, or the Sports Racers.
  • It had a wide spectrum of Power and Torque values – the Torque which can put many heavy cars of today to shame [P = 122 HP (2.4 Litre Engine to P = 223 HP for 3.8 Litre engine. Torque could go upto a maximum of nearly 300 Nm for the 3.8 Litre variant]
  • Select models of the car contained limited slip differentials and Disc Brakes – technologies which can be considered ahead of their times
  • The car was surprisingly Front Engine Rear Wheel Driven – to allow superior handling and acceleration, enhancing the “sports” drive feel.
  • The car could reach speeds of 60 MPH from rest in 8.5 seconds, which was pretty fast in it’s time. Thus in the media, the Jaguar Mark 2 was considered a capable car for both criminals and Police alike. It’s top speed was 125 MPH or 201 kmph.
  • The Car had won some famous Motorsport Championships, like:
    • 1962 and 1963 Australian Touring Car Championship
    • 1963 European Touring Car Championship
  • For television and movie enthusiasts, the Jaguar Mark 2 was driven by the Fictional detective Inspector Morse (1987-1993 series), played by John Thaw.

When


The picture was taken in June 2019 CE

Equipment


Sony DSC-H300 / BC E32 Camera



Hope you liked this vintage beauty which combines elegance, agility and power – all in one.

I believe cars like these are pieces of art, crafted by the imagination of brilliant designers, powered by the meticulous engineers who make such imaginations very much real.

Many famous pieces of art, sculpture or architecture do combine the best of imagination and science.

It’s a delight to marvel not only at the elegance of these beauties, but also at the technological advancements hidden beneath their spectacular exteriors which make them insanely alluring at any time, every time.

Looking forward to interacting more with you and “Make Mondays un-mundane”..

Cheers..!!

© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.

37 comments

    1. Thank you so much Madam for your enthusiastic comment and taking the time to visit my blog.. 😊😊
      I am so happy you liked the concept.. 😊
      I hope your experiences in Paris and Turin were good.. 😊 Anything you specifically liked about Turin?

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        1. That’s great to know.. 😊😊
          I missed the chocolate in Turin. Had the traditional Gelato though.. And yes, the views of the city atop the Mole Antonelliana (The Cinema Museum) are definitely mesmerizing.. 😊 ❤

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  1. First of all…my all apologies to you. For commenting on your post so late. Well, I read your post in Monday morning itself. Just didn’t got perfect time to comment.
    So, I am really very sorry Abir.

    Now, coming to your post…
    I really likes that Jaguar mark 2 car.
    and all the information that you have mentioned in are really informative.
    Though I am not much a automobile interested person…but I am really liking that car.😃
    Thank you for sharing this Abir😊

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    1. Please don’t apologize.. No one remains online 24 x 7.. 😉

      Thank you for liking this post despite being somewhat less interested in automobiles.. 😊🤗
      They are close to my heart, and I found it really hard to speak in English and not Automotive lexicon.. 😊 😉

      I am happy that you still liked it.. 😊 Thank you so much once again for your opulent praise.. 😊🤗

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      1. It’s my pleasure to read your posts Abir.😊

        But I really liked that Jaguar….I would to go on a ride on that..😅
        Jokes apart.
        Thank you for understanding.
        I will never miss your post.

        Take care.

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        1. Ahh..!! Riding such a car is another experience worth having.. 😊😊 Do grab the opportunity when it comes.. 😊😊

          Thank you Anushka.. 😊
          You too take care.. 😊

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  2. Wow! I love vintage beauty. Though, I am not much interested in automobiles much but vintage surely attracts me. I am dreaming now how much fun it would be to sit and take a drive in this beauty! 😀

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    1. I share the same enthusiasm as you do for such vintage beauties.. ❤
      In India, such beauties are quite rare to find in good working condition. Riding them will surely be another great experience to have.. 😊😊
      Thank you Madam for your lovely comment..!! Glad you liked this beauty.. 😊😊

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    1. Thank you Nilla for your lovely comment, and I am so glad that it helped brighten up your Monday.. 😊🤗
      Well, I don’t know about “British Racing Green”.. Is it the colour you are referring to? or Jaguars in general?

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    1. Großartig..!!
      Es ist so schön zu hören, dass Sie Rotterdam mögen und einige Ihrer Freunde dort leben. Sie haben Recht, Frau, es ist in der Tat wunderbar. 😊😊
      Vielen Dank für Ihre Meinung.
      Grüße an Sie und Ihre Familie aus Indien.. 😊🤗
      Abir

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  3. Ciao! 🙋😊 Bellissimo articolo!!! 👏👏👏😃 Bellissima l’automobile, mi piace tantissimo la tua descrizione, mi sembra di vederla davanti a me, eccellente recensione, complimenti!!! 😍♥️😘

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    1. Buona sera signora .. !!
      Grazie mille per il tuo bel commento .. Significa molto per me .. 😊🤗
      Sono felice di sapere che ti piacciono le automobili. Il tuo paese L’Italia è anche leader nella realizzazione di alcune delle grandi auto del mondo.. 😊
      Grazie signora per aver condiviso i tuoi pensieri .. Adoro i tuoi commenti .. 🤗🤗

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      1. Adoro le automobili, e la perfezione della tua recensione mette in evidenza tutta la bellezza
        e l’eleganza di quest’auto favolosa!!! 😃🥰 Grazie mille per aver scritto questo bellissimo post! ♥️

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        1. Grazie ancora, signora, ancora una volta.
          Sono entusiasta di sapere che sei felice e questo post ha toccato automobili che ami molto .. ❤ ❤ 😊🤗
          Ho una certa esperienza lavorativa in alcune importanti aziende automobilistiche mondiali nella ricerca e sviluppo. Forse è per questo che potrei descrivere alcune delle informazioni .. 😉
          Sono così felice che ti sia piaciuto .. Grazie mille .. Abbracci .. 🤗🤗

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