1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038
Lot 225
1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. HVS 826 Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038
Sold for £ 68,700 (US$ 95,801) inc. premium

Lot Details
1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038 1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 640346 Engine no. 22038
1951 Jaguar MkV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. HVS 826
Chassis no. 640346
Engine no. 22038
*One of only 395 made
*Delivered new to New Zealand
*Restored in the 1990s
*Engine professionally rebuilt in 2012/2013

Footnotes

  • One of only 395 of its kind built, this beautiful and original right-hand drive Jaguar MkV Drophead Coupé was manufactured on 13th June 1951 and supplied new to Archibald's of Christchurch, New Zealand on the 23rd July of that year. An import document on file records the car's arrival back in the UK on 11th November 1975 when it was MoT'd and UK registered for the first time. The original MoT certificate is on file together with a run of certificates from 1993 onwards suggesting that the speedometer was changed in 1966. From these it can seen that the Jaguar has covered just under 12,000 miles in the last 20 years.

    Correspondence in the history file shows the Jaguar remained off the road from 1975 until the early 1990s. During the 1990s it was subject of a bare-shell rebuild, as evidenced by the photographic record on file. The engine was stripped down and fully rebuild, again photographically documented, while the car's interior was fully re- trimmed in 1995 at a cost of over £4,000 (invoice available). The cost of the hood and some final interior improvements worked out at a further £2,500. In 2008, the car had a further £11,000 spent on mechanical work that included a five-speed gearbox conversion and a new prop shaft, clutch drive plate, thrust bearing, and speedometer cable. The original four-speed gearbox is included in the sale.

    When the vendor purchased the car in 2011 he put his private registration number on it (since removed). He also had the engine totally rebuilt again, on this occasion by Jaguar specialists Rothwell Engineering Ltd of Looe, Cornwall at a cost of £8,000, which included new carburettors and an electronic ignition system. During its six years in the vendor's care the Jaguar has been kept garaged inside a Carcoon. MoT'd to 21st January 2018, the car is said to perform exceptionally well on the road and is a pleasure to drive; unfortunately, the vendor is now unable to drive it. Accompanying documentation consists of a V5C Registration Certificate, sundry restoration invoices, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, and the aforementioned MoTs.

    A comfortable conveyance for four easily capable of cruising at the legal limit, this elegant MkV Drophead Coupé embodies the 'Grace, Space and Pace' forever associated with Jaguar.
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