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1951 Jaguar MKV PHOTOGRAPHY BY Bill Pack
Estimate: $110,000 - $130,000 USD
  • 1951
  • Jaguar
  • MK V Drophead Coupe
  • S647465
  • Z3514
  • Dark Red
  • Beige
  • Offered with JDHT certificate
  • Driven less than 1,000 miles since restoration
  • Custom-built air conditioning unit
  • Matching Numbers
  • Running Condition
  • Partial Tool Kit Included

Most Desirable Mark V Variant

This is a historically significant postwar Jaguar model, offered with JDHT certificate. It has been beautifully restored at Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California. The MK V Drophead Coupe is arguably the most desirable Mark V variant. This example is powered by a 3.5-liter engine and four-speed synchromesh transmission.

This Car's Past

A church reportedly was the original owner of this beautiful MK V. It had been stored in a barn when the previous owner found it, bought it and commissioned the no expense spared restoration, by Classic Showcase in Oceanside, California. It has been driven less than 1,000 miles since the restoration, but enough to know it has been well sorted. This Jaguar is a wonderful driver in all respects.

History of the Model

Jaguar Cars Ltd. built the Jaguar MK V from 1948 to 1951. The Mark V was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show at the same time as the XK120, with which it shared a stand. However, the Mark V vastly outsold the XK120 by roughly 5,000 cars per year as compared to 2,000 cars per year for the XK120. The styling of the car followed prewar SS-Jaguar lines with upright chrome grille and freestanding headlights. The leaping Jaguar radiator mascot became available as an option.

Restoration

This automobile has been refinished in its current dark red, beige interior and matching beige convertible top, with polished wood trim on the dashboard. The restoration, in the early 2000s, included an engine rebuild and the addition of a discreet, custom-built air conditioning unit.

Market Trend

Over the last three years, prices for the Jaguar MK V have gone up. At the moment we are seeing a leveling off. This allows an astute buyer of this marque the opportunity to buy now.

Summary

With wonderful performance and room for four, the Mark V offers an incredible driving experience. It can be argued that the Mark V Drophead Coupe was the XK120 for the enthusiast with a family. This is a beautiful example, sure to make its new owner very happy.

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