1949 Jaguar Mk V 3½-Liter Saloon
Chassis no. 620082
Engine no. Z3761
3.5-liter, 126hp inline six-cylinder
Four-speed manual transmission
An original 3.5-liter car
Jaguar Cars - as William Lyons' SS concern had been re-named in 1945 - commenced post-war production with a range of essentially pre-war designs. A considerable improvement on what had gone before, the MkV saloon's cruciform-braced chassis featured torsion bar independent front suspension, designed pre-war by the company's Chief Engineer William Heynes, and all-round hydraulic brakes. Jaguar's existing Standard-based, six-cylinder, overhead-valve engine was continued in both 2½- and 3½-liter forms in the MkV, whose bodywork likewise maintained the pre-war tradition, though with minor up-dating in the form of faired-in headlamps, deeper bumpers and rear wheel spats. Like its immediate predecessor, the MkV was available in saloon or drophead coupé versions and featured the kind of luxuriously appointed interior that had become a Jaguar hallmark. The announcement of Jaguar's first new generation post-war saloon - the MkVII - at the 1950 Motor show signaled the end for the MkV, production ceasing in June 1951 after slightly fewer than 10,500 had been built.
This Jaguar MkV was thoroughly restored between 2004 and 2007. Finished in black over tan leather, the color scheme goes together as well as Guinness and Pale Ale. The lovely combination beautifully compliments the rich, walnut trim along the dash and doors. Fitted with the larger and more desirable 3.5-liter six with which it originally left Coventry, its 126hp are corralled to the rear wheels by a four-speed manual transmission. The combination gives the stately saloon long legs for enjoyable touring.
A 'Rolls-Royce-lite', if you will, the MkV offers everything one could want and expect from a Rolls-Royce Silver Dawn in a more sporting package. As a well restored car, this MkV is certainly the one to have.
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