Lot 243 - 1947 Jaguar Mk. IV Short wheelbase Saloon
|Odometer reading||43,559 miles|
|Estimate||£18,000 - £22,000|
|Result||Sold - £18,500|
The 1945-1948 Jaguar Mk. IV was Jaguar's first car after World War II and 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 original distributer of this charming post-war Jaguar is detailed as Henlys Ltd of London although, since then, it has spent some time in a Belgian museum. Indeed, it was acquired from there by the vendor. We are told that every part of body is original although the brakes have been upgraded. It was sympathetically restored in 2010 with the trim sewn to the original design and the new interior roof-lining also as per the original. The original rims sport excellent chrome-work and the dash, complete with original auxiliary instruments is also beautifully original. Enclosed within the history file is a Jaguar/Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate dating from 2003 and the Belgian transport certificate. A most elegant reflection of bygone motoring.