Lot 79 (The Pavilion Gardens, 31st October 2012)
Registration No: 847 YUB
Chassis No: 724492BW
Mot Expiry: March 2013
The MKVII Jaguar was launched at the 1950 London Motor Show. A big, confident-looking four-door sports Saloon, it was a clever blend of old and new. Old, was the chassis, which was borrowed from the outgoing MKV model. New, was the streamlined body featuring fully integrated headlights, removable rear-wheel spats and a two-piece, V-shaped windscreen. Gone too was the MKV's pre-war engine and in its place came a 160bhp 3.4-litre version of Jaguar's stunning new DOHC XK straight-six unit. Manufactured from 1954-1956, the MKVII M boasted a further 30bhp and a top speed of almost 105mph. The newcomer was most easily distinguished by the chrome intake grilles beneath the headlights.
This 1954 MKVII M started life with automatic transmission, Pastel Green bodywork and a Suede Green interior and was delivered new to Bryson, Jaguar's distributor in Melbourne, Australia. At some stage it was repainted White and re-trimmed in Fawn leather and the transmission modified to manual before the big Jaguar was repatriated c.1990. It was then apparently stored until acquired by the vendor in 2009, since when a B-Type cylinder head has been fitted. He describes the car's bodywork as "sound", the engine as "good" and the gearbox and paintwork as "OK" and is selling `847 YUB' with an MOT valid into March 2013.