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Lot 449: 1950 Jaguar Mk V Saloon

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

After SS Cars had safely established itself by using proprietary components in a bespoke body and chassis, the next obvious step was to make a move from being dependent on other makers. In 1935 the company took on Walter Haynes as chief designer and commissioned Harry Weslake to design a new pushrod overhead valve cylinder head for the sturdy Standard engines which it had been using. Three engines resulted, a four-cylinder unit of 1,775cc and two sixes, and they became the heart of a new range of cars known as SS Jaguars. As usual, William Lyons came up with a series of stunning bodies, and while the best-known is the SS100, in their day the saloons received wider favour. They were the cars which really established SS, while the model name, Jaguar, struck a chord with the public. After the war, Jaguar continued to make these cars while it prepared production of the Mk VII, and in 1949 brought out the Mk V, an interim model with hydraulic brakes, torsion bar independent front suspension, and a restyled body. A version of this chassis was used on the XK120, and every other non-unitary Jaguar until 1961, while the body was another Lyons masterpiece. The MkV was one of the most desirable cars of its time, with exceptional performance and handling, and age has added lustre to its reputation. HGG 140 remains a magnificent representative finished in the most stylish colour scheme of lavender grey with unmarked sumptuous red leather interior. The cylinder head has been modified for the use of unleaded petrol. Reputedly having been stored from 1954 to 1991, it is understandably described as in very good overall condition and comes with some recent invoices for work carried out, the original old style logbook, a current V5 document and Mot certificate. The mileage of just some 36,000 appears to be genuine.Having been the fortunate recipient of a new leather interior some 5 years ago the cockpit remains at its opulent best, a first class driving cabin for a car renowned for its ability to cruise long distances in effortless comfort, even if those journeys were over arduous sections of European road on the Monte Carlo Rally. A super example of a rare and increasingly desirable model from that legendary marque.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
Lot Number449
Outcome NOT SOLD
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Registration numberHGG 140
Chassis number623602
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