Lot 9 (Imperial War Museum Duxford, 26th July 2017)
Registration No: NHU 743
Chassis No: 624565
Mot Expiry: Exempt
- Heritage Certificate and detailed history file
- Repainted in Ivory White retaining the original tan interior
- Carburettors and dynamo rebuilt, said to drive "very well"
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.
Originally finished in black, NHU 743 was supplied new via Henleys Ltd of London in 1950. The car was repainted in Ivory White in 1980 and retains its original Tan leather interior. A very well-maintained example, it has covered just c.105,000 miles in its 67 year life, the vendor informing us the car "drives very well", having been subject to a recent carburettor and dynamo overhaul together with the fitment of new engine mounts. The 3.5 litre engine is coupled to the original four speed transmission whilst starting is aided by an aftermarket electric choke. Offered with Swansea V5C, original owner's manual, Heritage Certificate and a detailed history file which includes many previous invoices and old MOTs.