By 1962, Archibald clearly had a special relationship with Jaguar, and was able to place an order for a Competition MKII. The special order car, built at the Coventry factory, has a four-page list of specifications that make most Coombes cars look like an aftermarket trip to Halfords. Everything from 9-1 pistons and big carbs through to a quick-rack steering box, close ratio gearbox and strengthened suspension points. It was a phenomenally competitive car, his only real competitor being Ernie Sprague in a heavily modified Ford Zephyr, the two performing on-track battles race after race. Archibald competed in the 1962 and 1963 New Zealand Saloon Car Championship in the MK2, winning both years. In the same two seasons he won the 6-hour race a Pukekohe as well, and then again in 1964. He competed until 1966, before retiring this particular car. During this period, Archibald had employed the services of Cyril Bunn to run the race cars, who at one time had been a senior mechanic at the Jaguar factory.
From this point on it was used as a road car, before it was sold to M.J. Allen of Waimarama, with Archibald buying it back in 1974. He obviously missed racing the car as he then enjoyed competing in historic races! In 1981, during an air show, he was challenged by the pilot of an airforce Harvard plane to see who could lap the Wigram airfield quickest. The MK2 beat the plane, much to the delight of the crowds.
This is an important motorcar in the history of the Jaguar marque. Not only is it one of around only six built, it is exceptionally original. Completely original trim, all originals panels and mostly original paint. It is delicious, and is quick not just in a straight line but, unlike its standard brethren, is quick round the corners too. We’ll go so far as to say it’s unrepeatable. What other factory built competition Jaguar can you buy for under a million pounds?