So notorious were they for smash and grab getaways, that an innocent Mk2 driver loitering in the vicinity of the National Westminster might well be moved along by a Bobby. Naturally, Mk2s were in reserve at the 1963 Great Train Robbery. One sixties gangster even recalls that his (stolen) Mk2 was itself “borrowed” by
another robber, preparing a job.
Mk2s were cropping up regularly on Shaw Taylor’s Police Five reconstructions, and were cast in television crime dramas and films incessantly. Dramatic footage of a white Jag plunging off a cliff to its sorry fate (actually shot at Dorking quarry) was recycled for episodes of The Saint, Randall and Hopkirk (Deceased) and The Baron, so villains were chased in a white Mk 2 for the build- up.
Thugs failed to “Get Carter” in their Mk2, losing a door in the process, and police pursuit of a grey Mk2 in the 1967 film Robbery is one of the legendary car chases. ‘B’ movie-maker
Butchers even retained a grey Mk2 to star time and again in the role of a spiv or robbers’ motor.
This image did not harm sales as customers buying five-star motoring for a three-star price could hardly grumble about the career opportunities being pursued by some fellow owners. Anyway, Jaguar also offered an upper crust Daimler version with a V8 engine from 1961, and introduced more refined variations, such as the S Type and 420 in 1963 and 1966 respectively.
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