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Hemmings Find of the Day – 1950 Jaguar Mk 5 drop head coupe

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After more than 32 years of ownership, it is time to sell this elegant, rare 1950 Jaguar Mark V Drop Head Coupe.

The Jaguar Mark V was first introduced at the 1948 London Motor show with the XK120 sports car. The all pressed steel chassis was newly designed by Jaguar’s chief engineer William Heynes and William Lyons himself. It is reminiscent of pre-war styling with Bentley style vertical grill and large headlamps, although modernized with rounded body styling. The Mark V debuted several technological first. It was the first Jaguar with independent front suspension and ball joints, first with torsion bars, first with all around hydraulic brakes, first with the chassis passing over the rear axle for greater comfort, and first to be specifically designed to be produced in Left Hand Drive, primarily for the North American market. It was also the last with the push-rod engines originally designed in the 1930s by the Standard Motor Company, though after the war the engines were built by Jaguar.

The Mark V could be purchased as either a 4 door hard top Saloon sedan or a 2 door open air Drop Head Coupe version. Both were designed as 4 passenger vehicles with suicide doors. Two engines were available, a 2 ½ liter and 3 ½ liter. A total of only 1675 of these cars were produced over the course of the three years. Only 977 of the convertible Drop Head Coupes were made from 1949 – 1951, of them 577 were left hand drive. Only a few remain today.

This car was manufactured in England on Aug 9, 1950 and distributed through Hornburg in Los Angeles, CA on Aug 28, 1950. It has the larger desirable 3 ½ Liter pushrod straight 6-cyclinder engine. A circa 1980 restoration with black leather interior and top is still in excellent condition today. Original burled walnut veneer graces the instrument panel and interior trim. The car runs beautifully with original 4 speed manual gear box. Stored indoors in sunny California

Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificates available upon request.

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Livermore, California
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