Lot 239 - 1950 12947 Mk V 3½ litre *Reserve lowered*

Lot 239 - 1950 12947 Mk V 3½ litre *Reserve lowered*

Lot 239 - 1950 12947 Mk V 3½ litre *Reserve lowered*

Lot Number 239
Registration NHU 743
Chassis Number 624565
Engine Number Z 3493
Odometer reading 104,500 miles
Estimate £30,000 - £38,000

The Jaguar Mk V was introduced at the 1948 London Motor Show, sharing a stand with the new Jaguar XK120. Sales of the Mk V soon outstripped that of the XK120. The Mk V retained the overhead valve, pushrod engine in 2½ litre and 3½ litre formats. The 2½ litre produced a claimed 104 bhp whilst the larger 3½ litre unit had a boosted power output of 126 bhp. The chassis was a new design with double wishbones and torsion bar independent front suspension. The car also had 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; however, Norman Dewis, Jaguar's test driver and engineer at the time, verified that he had once achieved 90mph but the thrill of the moment did not encourage a repeat of the feat.
We are proud to offer this Jaguar Mk V manufactured on the 2nd October 1950 and today is presented with Royal Ivory coachwork and dark tan leather. It benefits from the larger and more powerful 3½ litre engine that, according to the vendor, happily cruises at an indicated 70mph. The Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms that this Mk V is an original UK right hand drive, matching numbers example. The original supplying dealer was Western Motors, of Bristol; in fact, the dealer's badge still sits proudly upon the dashboard. A record of all ownership history has been researched and listed and includes; this includes the first owner recorded on the Heritage Certificate.

Originally black, the coachwork was refinished in its current colour in 1992 and still presents well with only small areas of paint defects that do not detract from the overall splendid look of this Jaguar. No corrosion is evident on the upper surfaces and a look underneath shows the chassis to be in clean order also. The steel sunroof operates without drama. On the inside, the dark tan interior is inviting, whilst the leather is in excellent order with only a few very minor scuffs to it. The woodwork and veneers have survived well with the dashboard and door cappings having been recently re-finished. A set of new carpets and door cards have also been fitted.

Mechanically, this Jaguar has benefitted from regular services and replacement parts including a voltage control box, 2 new front tyres, ignition points, spark plugs, cooling system hoses, fan belt, hand brake cables, gear selector rubber, headlight reflector, exhaust mountings, number plates and an electric manually controlled Kenlow cooling fan. On a recent test, this Mk V started 2nd turn when cold and once warmed up drove extremely well and easily. Gauges operated and displayed the correct readings whilst the car drove in a relaxed manner without wandering all over the road; a testament to the condition of the chassis and the vendor's determination to maintain this Jaguar well after investing approximately £5000 in its upkeep during ownership. Although MoT test exempt, the car has an MoT test certificate valid until 10th February 2015 and Historic tax valid until the end of August 2014.

An extensive history file accompanies NHU 743 and includes the previously mentioned Jaguar Heritage Certificate as well as old MoT certificates, tax discs (including a facsimile of the original), invoices and receipts, photographs (in its previous colour) and the history of all owners from new. There are also two Jaguar Enthusiasts magazines; one of which from March 1998 features NHU 743 on the front cover, while the other from October 2013 has a photograph of the car on page 94.

The magnificent bonnet and grill, its elegant flowing lines and its fully working semaphore indicators give this Jaguar Mk V a charm of its own. This surely represents an ideal opportunity for the lucky new owner given the very keen estimate.

*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. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.

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