1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931

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Lot 610* N
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon

Sold for £ 16,675 (US$ 21,567) inc. premium
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon
Registration no. not UK registered
Chassis no. 711931
*Delivered new to Australia
*Matching numbers
*Manual transmission
*Rebuilt engine

Footnotes

  • Work on Jaguar's advanced new saloon had been interrupted by the war, and in 1948 elements of the proposed newcomer made their first appearance in other models: the twin-overhead-camshaft engine in the XK120 sports car, and the chassis design in the interim Mark V saloon. It was not until 1950 that the two were combined in the Mark VII, which would be the first of a family of high-performance luxury saloons that would culminate with Mark IX.

    A considerable improvement on what had gone before, the Mark VII's cruciform-braced chassis featured torsion-bar independent front suspension and all-round hydraulic brakes. The 3.4-litre 'six' had already demonstrated its prowess in the XK120 and proved capable of propelling the Mark VII's not inconsiderable bulk past 100mph. Priced at a mere 40% of its Bentley Mark VI rival, but available at first only for export, the Mark VII was a big hit in the USA, that market's demands prompting the introduction of an automatic transmission option in 1953. Two years later the model was revised as the Mark VIIM, with maximum power increased from 160 to 190bhp.

    One of slightly more than 10,000 Mark VII saloons produced, this early example was despatched from the factory to Brylaw Motors, Australia on 8th January 1952, and for many years enjoyed a pampered life as a wedding car in Geelong, Victoria. The accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate records the original colour scheme as Gunmetal with red interior. Fitted with (working) air conditioning, the car has been upgraded over the years to resemble a Mark VIIM. We are advised that it has never been rusty, and that the engine has only just been overhauled (professionally) for the first time in its life, including a re-bore, crankshaft regrind, and fully reconditioning the cylinder head with new valves, seats, and guides. An early example eligible for many historic events, this well preserved Mark VII is described by the vendor as running beautifully; indeed, there cannot be many left in the world in as good a condition as this one.

    Should the vehicle remain in the EU, local import taxes of 5% will be applied to the hammer price.
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1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
1951 Jaguar Mark VII Saloon  Chassis no. 711931
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