Lot 249 - 1950 12947 Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3½ litre) *Reserve lowered*

Lot 249 - 1950 12947 Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3½ litre) *Reserve lowered*

Lot 249 - 1950 12947 Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3½ litre) *Reserve lowered*

Lot Number 249
Registration BVV 947
Chassis Number 640111
Engine Number 24331
Estimate £75,000 - £88,000

Introduced at the 1948 London Motor Show, the Jaguar Mk V shared the Jaguar stand with the all new XK120. The Mk V retained the overhead valve, pushrod engine in 2½ litre and 3½ litre formats. The 3½ litre unit had a boosted power output of 126 bhp; some 22 bhp more than the smaller 2½ litre unit. The chassis was a new design with double wishbones and torsion bar independent front suspension and also featured hydraulic brakes and an all pressed steel body. The styling carried forward design ideas from the pre-war SS Jaguar with the upright radiator grill and the leaping Jaguar mascot as an option. Jaguar claimed a top speed of 90.7mph.  Available either in saloon or drop head coupé (DHC), only 977 3½ litre DHC's were built but only around 395 were right hand drive (RHD), of these, most were exported. It is believed that less than 100 of the RHD version were built and kept for the UK and of these less than 10 are believed to currently survive.

Today, we are proud to offer a genuine example of a rare UK supplied, RHD, matching numbers Mk V DHC. According to its Jaguar Heritage Certificate, this example was manufactured on 1st December 1950. The original buff log book confirms the date of first registration as 3rd February 1951 and the Jaguar today still retains its original registration number. The recorded 38,000 miles are believed to be genuine as gathered from the history file and old MoT test certificates.

Originally Gunmetal, the coachwork is now presented in Opalescent Silver with an excellent matching blue hide interior. The sweeping lines of this magnificent motor car are carried by the original steel wheels and correct 'Ace' wheel trims and painted hub caps. On a recent test, it was found that once seated in the comfortable leather seats you are presented with a dashboard sporting an array of instruments and a period radio to keep the driver well informed and entertained. The Jaguar started easily and soon settled to a smooth idle. On the road it drove extremely smoothly with easy gear changes, without the need to double de-clutch and without having to fight to keep it in a straight line; a testament to the condition of the suspension and chassis. Whilst on the road, the gauges displayed the correct readings with the oil pressure indicating 50 psi. The original semaphore indicators have been disabled with the light units converted to indicate in their place; a conversion allowing for modern day road conditions and drivers. We are advised that these semaphore indicators may be reactivated without undue difficulty. Of special note is the tool tray to be found within its own compartment stowed in the boot lid; all the tools are present and correct - a rare full collection indeed.

A large history file details the full record of ownership (nine owners researched and recorded) and includes the maintenance history with many receipts for works carried out. A new owner will find useful the original Owners Operating and Maintenance Handbook, workshop manual and a spare set of keys. A wonderful opportunity to acquire a rare UK right hand drive Mk V Jaguar with the more desirable 3½ litre engine whose elegance is perfect for showing or driving at the most prestigious events.

*The reserve has been lowered on this car*

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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