Lot 203 - 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV Saloon (3.5 Litre)

Lot 203 - 1948  Jaguar Mk. IV Saloon (3.5 Litre)

Lot 203 - 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV Saloon (3.5 Litre)

Lot Number 203
Registration GVC 321
Chassis Number 612197
Engine Number 52273
Odometer reading 63,750 miles
Result Sold - £69,440


  • First registered to Jaguar Cars Ltd (Arthur Whittaker)
  • Lovely leather and walnut interior (originally ordered in with pigskin leather)
  • Wonderful and complete tool kit
  • Large history file plus the often missing cigarette lighter present

 We are delighted to offer this, matching numbers, 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV 3.5 Litre Saloon that, not only is presented in excellent order throughout, but also was first registered to one of Jaguar's most important employees, therefore, it sits as a significant motor car in Jaguar's history. Within the large history file, resides the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Production Record Certificate, confirming that this Jaguar was manufactured on 22nd December 1948 and dispatched on 14th January 1949. The first recorded owner was Jaguar Cars Ltd (Arthur Whittaker); Mr Arthur Whittaker being at that time, the Deputy Chairman of Jaguar Cars Ltd. Whittaker, a former apprentice at the Imperial Garage, Blackpool, joined Swallow Sidecars as a salesman when he was just 17 years of age (Swallow Side Cars being the first company that William Lyons started with William Walmsley before it became SS Cars Ltd. and later Jaguar Cars ltd.) He eventually became the chief assistant to William Lyons and proved to be more outstanding in business than in sales and stayed with Jaguar for some 50 years becoming one of Jaguar's mainstay businessmen and a director on the board. At the time that this fine Mk. IV was produced, it is likely that the car was ordered with some special features. What we do know is that it left the factory with its coachwork in black and its specially ordered pigskin leather interior. It was also registered with a Coventry (VC) number plate. An extensive restoration of GVC 321 began in 1982 by Mr. David Priest who paid meticulous attention to every detail as may be seen by the drawings, within the history file, that were created to enable parts to be re-manufactured to the original specifications. Sadly, ill health resulted in the restoration being completed by the marque specialists, David Davenport, some 22 years later.  

 Today, the Jaguar may be described as in near concourse condition; the restoration having kept the car as close as possible to the original specifications. The coachwork presents very well and is complemented by the extensive chrome trim and fittings. A sunroof operates and, we are informed, does not leak in inclement weather conditions. Mechanically, the Jaguar operates as it should, the engine starting and running smoothly. However, a sensible addition is a discreetly installed Kenlow fan to add extra protection to the cooling system if required. An original styled battery provides the electrics whilst the car sits upon a nearly new set of Blockley tyres. On the inside, the leather interior is beautifully soft and subtle, all having been replaced during restoration apart from the rear seat back that still retains the original pigskin covering. The extensive burr walnut wood dashboard and trimmings are all in excellent condition. The rare cigarette lighter is present but the highlight of this Jaguar must be its complete and impeccable tool kit stored within the boot; it is one of the best we have seen.  The previously mentioned history file is extensive and includes a genuine Jaguar service manual and instruction book, a Continuation, old style, green log book, drawings, photographs during restoration and a hand written notebook recording works carried out by the current owner who purchased it in June 2009. Most recent works include a new starter motor solenoid, lubricated grease points, oils and filter checked and brakes inspected. This UK registered Jaguar Mk. IV, although MoT exempt, has a current MoT test certificate valid until September 2017.  

 Taking into consideration the condition and history of this Jaguar, we believe it to be one of the finest in existence, a bold statement perhaps, but one that stands scrutiny upon inspection.

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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