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Tuesday, September 28, 2010

1947 Jaguar Mk IV 3.5 Litre Saloon


Registration Number: HSL 388 Chassis Number: 611080 The 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV, Jaguar‘s first cars after World War II are essentially continuations of the 1938-39 models. Most were four-door saloons and shared the same bodyshell, but the 1.5 Litre model rode a six-inch shorter whe elbase and had a four- instead of six-cylinder engine. The first car to bear the legendary Jaguar name, SS being dropped for marketing reasons after the war, the Mk.IV Jaguar is felt by many to be the epitome of 1930’s British car design. Large chrome head lamps, running boards, leather interior, French polished wood and suicide doors for ease of access. High-quality interior furnishings included a traditional wood dash and top speed for the 1.5 Litre was about 70 mph; the 3.5 Litre could reach just over 90 mph. This fine example was believed to have been exported directly to Australia with a plate on the bulkhead bearing the name ‘Brylaw Motors, Melbourne’, along with other information supplied by the Jaguar Heritage Trust. Early history of the car is vague but it is believed the car was barely driven and was kept in dry storage in Melbourne. The car was acquired in 1981 by an English gentleman in Sydney, where he kept it for 14 years before returning to the UK with the car in 1994. The Jaguar covered 5,000 miles while with him in Australia and a further 1,000 miles in the UK. The current mileage reading is 84,100 which is believed to be genuine. Restoration of the car commenced in 2003 with the initial intention of a light respray; 6 years later and many thousands of pounds and man hours later the Jaguar was finished. The work consisted of a bare metal restoration of the chassis, running gear and bodywork with all panels removed. All mechanical components were checked for wear and a new wiring loom installed. Brakes were completely overhauled with new brake linings all round, all interior woodwork was restored in walnut and interior upholstery completely renewed in red hide, and all window glass and chrome work was replaced. The car sits on new Brockley tyres and the tool tray in the rear boot compartment has almost been completely ‘reflocked’ as original. The car is supplied with a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate which confirms it was produced on 1st April 1947 and sold directly to the export market on 25th April. Also supplied is a V5 document, an MoT certificate valid until September 2010 and an original service manual. This fine vehicle is in exceptional condition and you would be hard pressed to find a similar example of what is perhaps the finest Jaguar ever made in such good order.


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