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.
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.
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.
The picture was taken in June 2019 CE
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”..
© Abirbhav Mukherjee. All the pictures / videos posted in this article are my own unless otherwise mentioned.