Lot 239 - 1947 Jaguar Mk. IV SE (1.5 Litre)

Lot 239 - 1947 Jaguar Mk. IV SE (1.5 Litre)

Lot 239 - 1947 Jaguar Mk. IV SE (1.5 Litre)

Lot Number 239
Registration CHJ 339
Chassis Number 412220
Engine Number KB 3394
Estimate £47,000 - £55,000
  • The engine has been totally rebuilt
  • Steering box and brakes completely overhauled
  • Extensive history folder

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.

 

This stunning Jaguar 1.5 SE is in fabulous condition. The fastidious vendor has lavished time and investment into CHJ 339 resulting in what can only be described as one of the best examples we have seen. In 2016 the engine was rebuilt, and the valve seats replaced so running on unleaded fuel is not a problem. The steering box was overhauled at the same time and the braking system was completely rebuilt. The car has completed circa 100 miles since this work was concluded, having been in the hands of a private collector for a number of years. Supplied new by Henlys of London to Mrs Dorothy Pratt of Leigh-on-sea on 24th March 1947, this Jaguar was loaned to a museum in Belgium in the early 70’s until 2013. These super stylish cars of the period, with the large Lucas P80 headlamps and curvaceous design are a most elegant reflection of bygone motoring. Supplied with a V5C registration document, the original toolkit and a host of paperwork including a Jaguar Heritage Certificate. This is a great opportunity for a collector or enthusiast to enjoy and experience the pleasure of the 1940s era and we think at a very attractive estimate.

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