1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364
Lot 337
1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364
£65,000 - 75,000
US$ 110,000 - 120,000
amended
Auction Details
1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364 1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640391 Engine no. Z5364
Lot Details
1950 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. JJW 591
Chassis no. 640391
Engine no. Z5364

Footnotes

  • 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-litre 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 signalled the end for the MkV, production ceasing in June 1951 after slightly fewer than 10,500 of all types had been built.

    One of only 395 of its kind built, this beautiful and original right-hand drive Jaguar MkV is one of the rare and increasingly desirable 3½-litre drophead coupés that, according to its Heritage Trust certificate, was manufactured on 29th June 1951 and delivered to the supplying dealer, Attwoods, on 12th July. The accompanying original green logbook shows that the car was registered on 29th August of that same year while it is known that Richard Place & Co, chartered accountants from East Grinstead, sold the Jaguar to local resident Mr K W Holliday on 8th February 1960. Mr Holliday apparently ran the Jaguar until 1975 and then stored it until 1991. It was in September of that year that Mr Claude Levi, also of East Grinstead, acquired 'JJW 591'. Some £22,000 worth of restoration was carried out while the car was in his care, including a complete re-trim. The Jaguar then passed to a Mr J Linton in September 1997, at which point the mileage was said to have totalled 39,920. The indicated mileage today only stands at 44,473. 'JJW 591' has been used for several events in Lincolnshire and Norfolk as well as selected Jaguar Drivers' Club meetings, collecting various awards along the way, and is said to be 'a pleasure to drive'.

    Finished in Old English White with Burgindy leather interior trim, the car retains its original engine and original four-speed manual gearbox and is described as in generally very good condition, with 'impeccable' bodywork. This most charismatic of Jaguars comes complete with various tools, a huge history file, sundry restoration invoices, numerous expired MoT certificates and old tax discs, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5 document.

Saleroom notices

  • This car does not have a current MoT, but is MoT exempt.
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