1947 Jaguar Mk IV 1.5 Liter Saloon
Chassis no. 413845
Engine no. KB4953
* 1,775cc in-line four-cylinder
* 4-speed manual transmission
* All-steel body construction
* Four owners from new
* Claimed low original miles
* Former JCNA 99.8 point show car
In the aftermath of World War II, company founder William Lyons revived Jaguar production in late 1945 with cars that carried forward the make's 1937-39 styling. That renowned Jaguar design featured swoopy close-coupled bodywork, with flowing fenders lines and a traditional upright radiator grille flanked by large, freestanding, headlamps. Wire wheels were standard. Known to collectors as "Mark IV" models, these original post-World War II Jaguars were produced through 1948, at which point a new design officially designated the Mark V series succeeded them. Mechanically the 1.5-liter initially utilized a 1,608cc OHV four-cylinder Standard motor but from 1938 this was bored out to 1,775cc, developing some 65bhp and was equipped with a 4-speed manual transmission.
The striking and authentic color combination found on this well-restored Mark IV Saloon reflects the circumstances of its release in 1947. Although pre-war predecessors were typically finished in somber monotones, the postwar Jaguars were available in eye-catching two-tones, such as the red-and-cream scheme seen here, that gave the car's a fresh look. The car's resplendent red leather interior is accented by the fine wood instrument board and interior garnishments. All-steel body construction, introduced by Jaguar just before WWII, was an important Mark IV feature.
One of only four examples of the almost exclusively right-hand drive Mark IV series known in the United States, this Jaguar is described by the vendor to be a rare "S" model, as attested to by its Harry Weslake-designed high-output overhead valve cylinder head, sunroof and heater. The Jaguar has had but four owners, and according to the vendor has covered only 56,000 miles from new. The original purchaser, a Lt. Anderson, was an American medical officer stationed at the time in the UK. The next owner was the wife of a Los Angeles movie producer. The car later passed to a Seattle collector, from whom the vendor obtained it in 2003.
A complete body-off restoration, performed during 2006, has been documented with extensive photographs. Great care was taken to ensure every gauge, all of the exterior and interior lights and even the European-style "Trafficator" turn signals were working at this time. The tool tray is complete to original specifications, and factory-supplied owner literature accompanies the car. Submitted for Jaguar Club of North America (JCNA) judging several times, the Mark IV Saloon has averaged 99.8 points. The vendor reports the car is very dependable and states that it cruises nicely at 50 mph.
Offered with a Nevada title.
US$ 45,000 - 55,000
£30,000 - 36,000
35,000 - 43,000
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