Lot 61 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th October 2015)
Registration No: Un-Reg
Chassis No: 627681
- 1 of just 1,905 LHD 3.5 Litre cars made
Jaguar's post-war offering remained largely unchanged until the 1948 Motor Show which, though forever associated with the launch of the sensational XK120 Roadster, also saw the unveiling of the MKV range of Saloons and Drophead Coupes. Though stylistically evolved from the MKIVs, the MKVs were based on an all-new box-section chassis. They also featured the independent front suspension set-up that William Heynes had begun developing in the 1930s, which comprised double wishbones and torsion bar springing. Braking was now hydraulically operated. Unlike the XK120 that featured the all new DOHC XK engine, power for MKV models was supplied by the OHV six-cylinder 2.5 and 3.5-litre units from the MKIV, the output of which was 104 and 126bhp respectively. The new all-steel body had a much more contemporary appearance, courtesy of its squatter radiator grille, more heavily raked windscreen, faired in headlights, 16 (as opposed to 18 inch) wheels, deeper bumpers, rear wheel spats etc. A 3.5-litre example tested by The Motor in 1949 recorded 20.4 seconds for the dash to 60mph and a top speed of 90mph.
This lovely-looking MKV is one of just 1,905 3.5-litre-engined examples to have been built in left-hand drive form, and started life in the US where it was treated to a very thorough 'frame up' restoration some 15 years ago; since when it has travelled just 5,180 miles. The work included: overhauls to the engine, manual gearbox, and rear axle; a bare metal respray; new brightwork; new wiring harness; and the installation of a stainless steel exhaust. The interior benefited from refurbished woodwork and new leather upholstery (pleated as per the MKIV, as that's what the previous owner preferred). Recently imported to the EU, the Jaguar comes complete with US title, customs papers and circa 100 restoration photos. The vendor regards all major aspects of the car to be in 'very good to excellent' order.