1. 1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead Coupe

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Lot Number
75
1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead Coupe
Scottsdale Auction

Offered Without Reserve

ESTIMATE: $75,000 - $100,000
CHASSIS NO: 647345
• Elegant British touring car
• Well cared-for for and professionally maintained
• 1 of only 395 produced

3485 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine with dual SU side draft carburetors, 125 HP, four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 120”


Following WWII, William Lyons’ SS Cars Ltd. was rebranded under the Jaguar name. In 1945, post-war production commenced consisting mainly of pre-war designs. One of these projects was a cruciform-braced chassis which featured torsion bar independent front suspension designed by the company's Chief Engineer William Heynes. The origin of the Mark V name remains somewhat mysterious, as there were no Mk I to IV Jaguars and the Mk IV title was given only to its precursor after the launch of the Mk V. William Lyons reportedly viewed five prototype bodies with various chassis experiments in the 1946-1948 period before he was satisfied with the result. This result was reportedly known as “Mark V” on internal documents. On September 30, 1948, the Mark V was introduced to distributors and the press. It also shared the stand with the XK120 at the 1948 London Motor Show. In its first year of sales, the Mark V vastly outsold the XK120 by around 5,000 units.

Here is a great chance to own one of only 395 examples of the Jaguar Mark V Drophead Coupe created. The black and grey Jaguar Mark V offered here is a stunning example of one of the best-looking schemes for these cars. The exterior color scheme beautifully accentuates the deep lines on this car and highlights the stunning chrome features. Large headlights, driving lights, twin bar bumpers, side lights, mirrors and ‘pram irons’ on the sides of the top make this Mark V stand out. The grille of this car serves as a focal point, adorned in this model with the very popular leaping cat mascot. The interior of this car is equally well-dressed. Rich red leather blends perfectly with the wood veneer trim of the dash. Jaguar’s existing standard-based six-cylinder overhead-valve engine was continued in both the 2.5 and 3.5-litre forms for the Mark V. This example comes with the 3.5-litre power plant. Driving around town with impressive wide whites guarantees that this car will turn heads at any event. Purchasing this Jaguar Mark V is sure to add some grace, space, and place to your collection. This car differed from its precursors by combining elegance with a comfortable ride by using the newly developed box-section chassis design combined with independent front suspension using a torsion bar and double wishbones. The adoption of Girling hydraulic brakes made the car far safer than its predecessors as well. This Mark V differs from earlier models, with a more raked windscreen, thinner pillars and rear spats, all of which further accentuate the stylish lines associated with 1950s Jaguars. The Motor magazine clocked the Mark V at a 0-60 time of 20.4 seconds and a top speed of a little over 90 miles per hour. This car was recently serviced and evaluated by Blue Ridge Sports Cars, Inc. of North Carolina and is an ideal club car, offering copious space for friends and family. Keep in mind, too, that not very many examples of this car are available on the market today in such pristine condition. With only 395 produced, who wouldn’t want to be the proud owner of this impressive, stately car?
The Mark V Drophead Coupe is a car that makes quite an impression to this day. William Lyons’ reliance on a traditional design utilizing the overhead-valve inline six-cylinder certainly played a crucial role in developing the newly introduced Jaguar brand. Elegance combines with style to make this car a hit at any concours event. With a combination of wonderful performance and plenty of passenger space, the Mark V offers an implausible driving experience that only a classic Jaguar can deliver. The Mark V Drophead Coupe is arguably the XK120 for the enthusiast with a family, and this vehicle surely will not disappoint in this regard.

1950 Jaguar Mark V Drophead Coupe
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