Lot 183 - 1951 Jaguar Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot 183 - 1951 Jaguar Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot 183 - 1951 Jaguar Mk. V Drophead Coupé (3.5 litre)

Lot Number 183
Registration NKM 645
Chassis Number 640114
Engine Number Z4468
Odometer reading 14,007 miles
Estimate £90,000 - £120,000
  • Restored to a very good standard
  • Manual gearbox with overdrive

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 grille 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.

Originally registered on 9th February 1951 this beautiful Jaguar has been restored to a very good standard by the previous vendor. The current owner is a fastidious, knowledgeable classic car enthusiast and he has ensured this Mk. V Drophead Coupé presents in fabulous condition. We are advised the 3½ litre engine runs extremely well and the manual gearbox operates as it should. During the restoration an overdrive unit was fitted to enhance the smoothness of the car on the open road. The bodywork is finished in Old English White and has a very good depth to the paint and appears to be protected with an inch of polish! The red leather interior is unmarked, with seats akin to your favourite armchair. The deep rich burr walnut, of which there is plenty, is also in good order. Supplied with a V5C registration document, together with the original buff logbook confirming that NKM 645 has been on this Jaguar since new. This genuine right hand drive Drophead Coupé also has a complete toolkit and a workshop manual. This classic motorcar from Jaguar’s heyday is in good order throughout and represents the very spirit of motoring. Viewing in person is recommended to fully appreciate the quality of this very rare example.

 

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