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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 640 H 15 Dunlop RS5 Crossply.
  • Dunlop no longer make any historic road tyres. Currently the best crossply would be the 640 H 15 Avon Super Safety.
  • Most people find that a radial tyre makes the MK11 jag more suitable for modern roads.
  • The best radial tyres for a MK2 are 180 HR 15 Michelin XAS because of the light steering that they afford.
  • A more sporty alternative is a 185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67.
  • We would recommend 15F Michelin inner tubes for these tyres.
  • 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


  1. 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO
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    185 VR 15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £294.00 £245.00

  2. 180HR15 Michelin XAS
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    180 HR 15 Michelin XAS

    Starting at £278.40 £232.00


  3. Other Options for Jaguar MKI & MKII Tyres


  4. 185VR15 Michelin XVS
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS

    Starting at £339.60 £283.00

  5. 185HR15 Michelin XVS-P
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    185 HR 15 Michelin XVS-P

    Starting at £259.20 £216.00

  6. 185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres
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    185 R 15 Michelin XVS White Wall Tyres

    Starting at £316.80 £264.00

  7. 180HR15 Michelin XAS Whitewall
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    180HR15 Michelin XAS Whitewall

    Starting at £391.20 £326.00

  8. 165HR15 Galaxy Whitewall
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    185 HR 15 Galaxy Whitewall

    Starting at £144.00 £120.00

  9. Set of 4 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 4 185 R15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,140.00 £950.00

  10. Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67
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    Set of 5 185VR15 PIRELLI CINTURATO CA67

    Starting at £1,402.80 £1,169.00

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

    Starting at £984.00 £820.00

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

    Starting at £1,200.00 £1,000.00

  13. 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 4 185 HR15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at £1,076.28 £896.90

  14. 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall
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    Set of 5 185R15 Michelin XVS Whitewall

    Starting at £1,316.28 £1,096.90

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MkI & MkII Jaguar History

Jaguar MkI & MkII Tyres
The Jaguar 2.4 saloon (or Mark 1) was introduced at the 1955 Motor Show as a car to bridge the gap between the sporty XK series and the luxurious Mk VII in the Jaguar lineup. Jaguar had realised that there was a large sector of the public that required an affordable quality motor car and knew they were 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 did not change the reality that the 2.4-litre automobile could only provide its owner with "grace and space." In order to offset this and give the Jaguar its "pace," a 3.4-litre version was launched in 1957. Soon after, disc brakes became available!!


Jaguar Mk1 Mk2 Tyres

Production of the Jaguar Mark 1 lasted until 1960, with over 35,000 vehicles rolling off the Browns Lane assembly plant (despite the disastrous factory fire in 1957).

By this point, Jaguar had learned a lot about the Mk1's chassis-less (monocoque) building procedures. This understanding was put to excellent use in the design of the Mk2 bodyshell. The early car's huge windshield pillars were replaced with a smaller design (since the shell was more than stiff enough), making the inside seem more roomy and improving vision.

The back of the car had a wider track to improve handling, and 4 wheel disc brakes (courtesy of Dunlop) were a standard option. The 2.4 and 3.4 models remained but were joined by the 3.8, which is now considered to be the best of the best.

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

All three versions of XK powered Mk2 were 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.



Mk2 Jaguar Borrani Wheels

Borrani wheels are available for your Jaguar MK 2. As agents for the iconic Ruote Borrani Milano company we are able to supply all wheels from their extensive range.

If your Borrani wheels require rebuilding then please contact us at sales@borrani.co.uk

Wire wheels made by Ruote Borrani Milano are, without doubt, the best wire wheels available. Borrani wheels utilise aluminium rims, steel spokes and steel wheel centres.

Click the link for Jaguar MK 2 Borrani wheels.

Wheels made by Borrani are available in the following styles:

  • Painted silver finish, as per the racing wheels of the period
  • Polished and chrome finish, highly polished rim, chrome spokes & wheel centre
  • Painted finish with polished outer edge

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