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LOT 230 1948 Jaguar Mk. IV 3½L, Three Position Drophead Coupé


SPECIFICATION Registration


Chassis No. Engine No.


Odometer Reading Estimate


Unregistered 637160 SL3195 4,525


£42,000 - £52,000 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; indeed less than 200 righthand drive Mk. IV drophead coupés 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 body shell, 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


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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 engine was capable of a respectable maximum of about 70mph and the six cylinders 3.5 litre could reach over 90mph; 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 into the United Kingdom last year. This fine example has been described as running well and represents an ideal cosmetic restoration project. It is supplied with a United States registration document, a Jaguar Heritage Certificate and the VAT documentation showing the taxes have been paid for registration within the EU. This is a most impressive Three Position Drophead Coupé that will certainly grace any collection.


Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.


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