1948 Jaguar Mk. IV 3½L, Three Position Drophead Coupé
Chassis Number: 637160
Engine Number: SL3195
Odometer reading: 04525
Auction Date: 18 February 2012
The 1945-1948 Jaguar Mark IV, Jaguar's first cars after World War II were essentially continuations of the 1938-39 models. Very few of these cars were built for the righthand drive markets as steel was being rationed for goods for export, less than 200 righthand drive Mk. IV drophead coupé were built. The origin of the name is rather odd since, back in 1948 there had been no Mk. I to IV Jaguars: the Mk. IV designation was only given to the predecessor after the launch of the Mk. V to make identification easier. Most Mk. IV's were four-door saloons and all shared the same bodyshell, except for the 1.5 Litre model which had a six-inch shorter wheelbase and had a four- instead of six-cylinder engine. This was the first car to bear the legendary Jaguar name after 1945 (SS having been dropped for understandable marketing reasons after the war!) and the Mk. IV Jaguar is felt by many to be the epitome of British car design of its era. The huge chrome head lamps, sweeping wings and running boards, luxurious leather interior, French polished wood all speak of style and opulence. Even the 1.5 Litre was capable of a respectable maximum of about 70 mph and the six cylinders, 3.5 Litre could reach over 90 mph, well up among the class leaders of that time.
This Jaguar Mk. IV 3½ litre three position drophead coupé was supplied on 21st May 1948 by Hoffman of New York. Max Hoffman, was the sole importer of a number of European automobiles into the United States right through the fifties and sixties, to a Mr. Hervey Kent who ordered the car to be painted in black. Having spent all of its life in the United States and having the colour changed to green at some point, the car was imported to the United Kingdom last year. This Jaguar has been described as running well and is an ideal cosmetic restoration project. The car is supplied with a United States registration document, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and the VAT documentation showing the taxes have been paid for registration in the EC. This is a most impressive Three Position Drophead Coupé that will grace any collection.