Lot 240 - 1951 Jaguar Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3½ Litre)
|Engine Number||Z 4747|
|Odometer reading||23,232 miles|
|Result||Sold - £41,500|
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. It retained the overhead valve, pushrod engine in 2½ litre and 3½ litre formats and produced a claimed 104bhp whilst the larger 3½ litre unit had a boosted power output of 126bhp. 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.
This matching numbers, righthand drive 1951 Jaguar Mk. V Drophead Coupé was supplied new for personal export by Henlys Limited, London and believed to have been shipped to the USA. The car was purchased by Mr Jack Yellen in July 1974 from an advert in the Buffalo Evening News which was placed by Bill Allen of Williamsville, New York. It was Mr. Yellen's intention to carry out a restoration on the car; however this did not happen and he put the car into a collector's car auction in 1981. The next owner was a Mr. James Price who, between 1991 and 1992, had the car restored at a cost of over $33,000, choosing to keep the original colour of suede green with a suede green leather interior. The car was then imported to the UK by the fourth known owner in 2007 who has kept the Mk. V fully maintained and serviced including a brake overhaul, fitting a cartridge oil filter system and replacing the petrol pump with an electronic unit for reliability. Finished in the original colour scheme, this elegant example is supplied with a V5C registration document, a Jaguar Heritage certificate and a file containing the history from 1974 together with the invoices for the 1991/92 restoration. This is a very impressive car which would grace any collection but is also a pleasure to use and drive.
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