Lot 369 - 1946 Jaguar Mk. IV, 1½ litre Saloon
|Odometer reading||67,431 miles|
|Estimate||£20,000 - £24,000|
The 1945-1948 Jaguar Mk. IV, Jaguar's first cars after World War II, were essentially continuations of the 1938-39 models. Very few of these cars were built for the righthand drive markets as steel was being rationed for goods for export. 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 to make identification easier. Most were four-door saloons and all shared the same body shell except for the 1.5 Litre model which had a six-inch shorter wheelbase and had a four- instead of six-cylinder engine. This was the first car to bear the legendary Jaguar name after 1945 (SS having been dropped for understandable marketing reasons after the war!) and the Mk. IV Jaguar is felt by many to be the epitome of British car design of its era. The huge chrome head lamps, sweeping wings and running boards, luxurious leather interior, French polished wood all speak of style and opulence.
The history of this most elegant of sporting tourers is well documented coming as it does with, not only a comprehensive history, but also an extensive collection of medals, cups and plaques attesting to its quality and renown within Jaguar circles. Presented in extremely original condition throughout, it does appear to have been repainted some time ago, the patina has now softened and the exterior matches the interior well. Black leather surrounds the occupants inside, the seats having been re-stuffed and offering excellent support. Complete with working trafficators, rear blind and a willing engine, this charming example has most certainly been loved, having belonged to the previous owner for over 45 years. Despite cars of this heritage being exempt from MoT test certificates, this enthusiastic owner insists all his cars carry them and are fully running and roadworthy. Indeed over £1,000 has just been spent on the braking system alone. The boot also plays host to a full complement of tools; rare to find in cars of this vintage, and she is used regularly for journeys in the surrounding countryside. A delightful early post-war Jaguar.
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