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Lot 139

1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe

Sold for $110,000

125 hp, 3,485 cc OHV six-cylinder engine, dual SU side-draft carburetors, Moss four-speed manual gearbox, solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and Girling four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
- Comprehensive restoration by noted marque specialist - First Place, Primary Division, 2009 Spring Grand Classic Concours - One of 376 3.5-liter Mark IVs built for export - Offered with a large and complete tool tray - The first postwar Jaguar model and the first built with LHD
Jaguar met the immediate postwar market in 1945 with its trusty 1.5-, 2.5- and 3.5-liter sedans dating back to 1935. Britain’s postwar “export or die” ethos spurred a concentrated effort to cultivate the burgeoning American market. Only six-cylinder models were officially sent to America, and these early postwar cars, retrospectively known as the “Mark IV,” quickly gained a following, especially when they were first offered with left-hand drive during 1947.
The 125 hp, 3.5-liter OHV “six” provided ample power and torque for American tastes, while the huge Lucas P100 headlights and classic upright grille of the Mark IV were reminders of a more elegant, coachbuilt past.

The elegant Three-Position Drophead Coupe caught America’s fancy in particular, with its polished, functional landau irons and the ability of its top to be raised, lowered, or remain halfway up in the “DeVille” style. Of the 4,420 3.5-liter Mark IVs produced in total by Jaguar, only 560 were Drophead Coupes. In addition, only 376 3.5-liter Mark IVs were produced for export, rendering the 3.5-liter Mark IV DHC offered here very rare indeed.

This left-hand drive Mark IV DHC received a stunning restoration by Arizona’s Barry Briskman, with expert maintenance since it was completed. In testament to its high quality, the Mark IV was awarded First Place, Primary Division at the Spring Grand Classic Concours in Scottsdale, Arizona in 2009. Beautifully finished in Deep Red with Burgundy fenders, the Mark IV is accented by chrome wire wheels, fog lamps, a black cloth top, and a tan interior with the seats and door panels smartly piped in red. Both the engine bay and interior are presented in show-quality condition, including a restored original Lucas battery. Offered today with very little road use since restoration, this CCCA Full Classic Mark IV DHC is detailed to perfection and complete with an impressive tool tray.

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