1949 Jaguar MK V

3.5 Drophead Coupe


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    Convertible / Roadster
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  • Performance 
    93 kW / 127 PS / 125 BHP
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Jaguar MKV 3.5 Drophead Coupe, restored


The Mark V was launched in the 1948 London Motor Show, along with the sporty XK 120, showing a prewar-style body fitted with its Bentley-style vertical grille. Jaguar's chief engineer William Heynes designed a new pressed steel chassis for this car, which also came blessed with some more technical advances: it was the first Jaguar fto be fitted with independent front suspension, the first with torsion bars, the first with hydraulic control on all four brakes, the first in which the rear axle ran over the frame rails, and the first specifically designed to be also Left Hand Drive. Moreover, it was the last model using the ageing Standard-designed engine (although built by Jaguar after the war), whose concept dated from the 30s.

The new Jaguar, available with 2.5 and 3.5-liter units, was quite successful in the US although it cost twice as much as a convertible Ford ($ 3,850), in spite of its short commercial career (after just three years it would cease to be manufactured in 1951, replaced by the Mark VII). It was offered in two body styles, four-door sedan or convertible coupe two, being the later much less widespread. Both could accommodate five people in comfort. It could be said that the Mark V Drophead Coupe was chosen by drivers who would have preferred an XK 120 but had a family to carry …Of the 1,005 units built, 977 were fitted with the most powerful engine, and 577 of them were left-hand drive.

The main difference between a drophead coupe like this Jaguar and a roadster or a convertible lies in its hood design and functionality. The roadster has a quite simple canvas top that can be folded or disassembled. The convertible is similar but more carefully crafted, its hood sealed and upholstered by the inside. And the drophead is the best in terms of comfort, as it has more consistent finishing touches and greater versatility of use; The retractable hood has three positions: closed, half open (landaulet type) or fully open.