Lot 38 - 1949 Jaguar Mk.V Three Position Drophead Coupé

Lot 38 - 1949 Jaguar Mk.V Three Position Drophead Coupé

Lot 38 - 1949 Jaguar Mk.V Three Position Drophead Coupé

Lot Number 38
Registration NUV38
Chassis Number 640080
Engine Number 23321
Odometer reading 68,464 miles
Estimate £54,000 - £62,000

The Jaguar Mark V was a saloon car built by the Jaguar company. The origin of the name is rather odd since, back in 1948 there had been no Mk. I to IV Jaguars: the Mk. IV designation was only given to the predecessor after the launch of the Mk. V. It was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show at the same time as the XK120 with which it shared the stand. However, the Mark V vastly outsold the XK120 by roughly 5,000 cars per year as compared to 2,000 cars per year for the XK120. The new large saloon did not get the new overhead camshaft XK engine however, instead  keeping the overhead valve pushrod straight 6 units from the MK IV, except that for the Mk. V no 1.5 litre version was offered. Claimed power output in this application was 104bhp for the 2664cc Mark V and 126 bhp for its more popular 3486 cc sibling, as indeed this example presented is. The chassis was new with independent front suspension by double wishbones and torsion bar, an arrangement that would be used by Jaguar for many future vehicles.

The styling of the car was traditional Jaguar with upright chrome grille complete with the leaping Jaguar radiator cap mascot available as an option. The wheels were 16-inch steel disc type, significantly smaller than the 18-inch ones on the Mk. IV. From the side, a distinctive styling touch was a ""tuck in"" curve at the base of the rear window following the curved profile of the side glass. Rear wheel spats were standard and there was also a drophead coupé version which is now highly sought after.

A 3.5 litre car tested by The Motor magazine in 1949 had a top speed of 90.7mph and could accelerate from 0-60 mph in 20.4 seconds. So competent were these cars that Jaguar's inimitable test engineer Norman Dewis used a Mk. V regularly.

Described as virtually unmarked by the vendor, this most elegant of examples not only is presented with the more desirable 3.5 litre engine but the drophead configuration are becoming increasingly hard to find.  NUV38 has the correct and original matching engine, gearbox and chassis numbers as well as a black mohair hood and is a credit to its motor engineer owner of more than 10 years. A considerable amount of restoration has been undertaken over the years to maintain the vehicle in its current condition. Complete with an extensive history to include buff log book, Heritage Certificate, sundry invoices as well a collection of old MoT test certificates and road tax discs. A most impressive car that will grace any collection.

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