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Jaguar MK1 & MK2 Tyres

Jaguar 240 & 340 tyres

  • Original equipment tyres on a MKII Jaguar both the (240, 340 & 3.8 models)were 6.40H15 Dunlop RS5 Crossply.
  • Dunlop no longer make any historic road tyres. Currently the best crossply would be the 6.40H15 Avon TurboSpeed.
  • Most people find a radial tyre makes the MK11 jag more suitable for modern roads.
  • The best radial tyres for a MK2 are Michelin 180HR15 XAS because of the light steering.
  • A more sporty alternative is a 185VR15 Pirelli Cinturato CA67.
  • We would recommend 15F13 Michelin Inner tubes.
  • Our suggested tyre pressure for a MK2 Jaguar with radial tyres is 30psi front and 28psi rear and an extra 2psi in the rear of the 3.4S and 3.8S models.

MKII Tyres Guide Video

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    Jaguar MKI & MKII Recommended Tyres

  2. 180HR15 Michelin XAS
    180 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $354.48 $295.40

  3. 640H15 Avon Super Safety
    640 H 15 Avon Super Safety

    Starting at $257.04 $214.20

  4. Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube
    Michelin 15F Offset Valve Inner Tube

    Starting at $31.92 $26.60

  5. Other Options for Jaguar MKI & MKII

  6. Set of 4 180HR15 Michelin XAS
    Set of 4 180 R15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $1,276.80 $1,064.00

  7. Jeu de 5 180HR15 Michelin XAS OFFRE
    Set of 5 180 R 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at $1,612.80 $1,344.00

  8. Set of 4 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
    Set of 4 185 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
  9. Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
    Set of 5 185R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
  10. 185VR15 Michelin XVS
    185 R 15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at $433.44 $361.20

  11. 185 HR 15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
  12. 185HR15 Michelin XVS-P
    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS-P

    Starting at $322.56 $268.80

  13. 185VR15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet
    185 x 15 Dunlop SP Sport Aquajet

    Starting at $356.16 $296.80

  14. 640H15 Dunlop RS5
    640 H 15 Dunlop RS5
  15. 185VR15 Avon Turbosteel
    185R15 Avon Turbosteel

    Starting at $330.96 $275.80

  16. 185HR15 Vredestein Classic
    185 - 15 Vredestein Classic

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MkI & MkII Jaguar History

Jaguar MkI & MkII Tyres
The Jaguar 2.4 saloon (or Mark 1 as it would latterly be known) was launched at the 1955 Motor Show as a car to fill the gap between the sporting XK series and the luxury MkVII in the Jaguar stable. Jaguar had realised that there was a large sector of the public that required an affordable quality motor car and new they where more than capable of coming up with the goods.

This car was to be Jaguar (and William Lyons) first attempt at monocoque construction, and as such was very over engineered.

The Jaguar 2.4 was equipped with a short stroke version of the legendary XK six cylinder twin cam engine (hence the 2.4 name), and acres of leather and wood to cosset those inside! This could not, however, detract from the fact that the 2.4 litre car was only able to give its owner "grace and space".To combat this, and give the Jaguar its "pace", a 3.4 litre version of the car was introduced in 1957. Disc brakes became available shortly afterwards!!

Production of the Jaguar Mark 1 continued until 1960, with over 35,000 examples having rolled off the production line at Browns Lane (despite the disastrous factory fire in 1957).

By this time Jaguar had learnt a great deal about the chassis-less (monocoque) construction methods used with the Mk1. This knowledge was put to good use in designing the Mk2 bodyshell. The large windscreen pillars of the early car were replaced with a narrower design (as the shell was more than rigid enough) this helped to make the interior feel more spacious and improved visibility.

There was a wider track for the rear of the car to improve on the limit handling and 4 wheel disc brakes (courtesy of Dunlop) were a standard option. The 2.4 and 3.4 models continued as before, but were also joined with what is now considered to be the cream of the crop, the 3.8.

Jaguar Mk2s were popular with high-speed drivers, such as bank robbers, the police and racing drivers. The MkII also was extremely succesful as a racing car (until the arrival of the Ford Galaxie).

All three versions of XK powered Mk2 where available from Jaguar showrooms until 1968 (the 2.4, downgraded somewhat thanks to cheaper interior trim and slim bumpers, was re-badged as the 240 and soldiered on until 1969), when the sensational XJ6 hit the forecourts, designed to replace not just the Mk2, but also the 420 and epic Mk10/420G saloons.

MkI & Mk2 Jaguar Wheels

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