MkIV on auction this month

Car and classic has a mkIV 3.5 saloon and Bonhams a 3.5 drop head on this month

Not sure how to get links to work :roll_eyes:

The Beaulieu Sale: Collectors’ Motor Cars & Automobilia
04 Sep 2021

Lot #: 418
Title: 1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 617175 Engine no. 54459
Estimate: £30,000 - 40,000
Description: 1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. HWR 875
Chassis no. 617175
Engine no. 54459

Odometer reading: 18,532
MOT: Exempt

*One of only 46 survivors of 184 RHD 3½-Litre dropheads built
*Present ownership since 1982
*Maintained and kept in running order

To view a video of this lot please click here

Told by the post-war government to ‘export or die’, the British motor industry responded valiantly, none more so than Jaguar, soon to become the UK’s biggest US dollar earner. Indeed, Jaguar’s Mark IV drophead coupé was built almost exclusively for export, the majority being allocated to the USA. Production spanned little more than a year (1947-1948) during which only 184 Mark IV 3½-Litre drophead coupés were built in right-hand drive configuration plus a further 317 LHD cars, 49 of which were delivered in ‘Complete Knocked Down’ (CKD) form.

In his definitive book on the marque: SS & Jaguar Cars, written in association with Jaguar Heritage using their detailed archives, Allan Crouch states that there are only 46 right-hand drive 3½-Litre drophead coupés left in the world, making this exclusive variant among the rarest of all Jaguar’s post-WW2 production cars.

This 3½-litre Mark IV was in pristine working order when it was purchased by the current owners in 1982 following its ‘Car of the Year’ award at London’s Earls Court Motor Show. Over the course of the last 39 years the Jaguar has been maintained and kept in running order, including extensive work in 2003 that included a complete engine overhaul and a new exhaust system. More recently the clutch was replaced, since when the Mark IV has been used for a number of family weddings. It has seen very little use in recent times and is sold strictly as viewed.

Vendor Score Total: 62 /100

Bidders should note that the automated 100-point Seller’s Assessment is provided by each Seller at the point of consignment using the guidelines below, and is not provided, assessed or verified by Bonhams MPH. Accordingly Customers (Bidders) are on notice that each vehicle is offered “as is / as seen” subject to the Conditions of Sale for the auction, and Customers (Bidders) are strongly recommended to view the Lot(s) being offered, before bidding, in order to satisfy themselves as to their condition; Bonhams MPH will not entertain disputes over Sellers’ Assessments.

Key for sellers’ assessments:
1/5 POOR. A project vehicle | Requires urgent attention | Damaged | Parts missing
2/5 AVERAGE. Useable condition | Requires some attention | Light damage
3/5 GOOD. Drive away | Presents well | Good history file | Drives well
4/5 VERY GOOD. Well restored | Running and driving with no noticeable faults | Sound throughout
5/5 EXCELLENT. Concours condition | Beautifully presented | Driving very well

Body Work: 3
Paint: 3
Glass: 4
Chrome/Plastics/Trim: 3
Wheels/Tyres: 3

Gearbox/Clutch: 4
Axles: 3
Suspension: 3
Brakes: 3

Seats: 3
Dashboard/Door cards/Carpets: 3
Headlining: 3
Trim: 3

Main components: 3
Ancillary components: 3

Starting: 3
Running: 3
Under Bonnet: 3
Mechanical components: 3

Car History File: 3

For further information about this lot please visit the lot listing

More information can be found here. 1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé Chassis no. 617175 Engine no. 54459 | Bonhams


The links work fine, you can just copy&paste them as I believe you already did. :slight_smile:

Amazing how these auctioneers never seem to get things right. I bet the engine number is S4459.


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I think you’re right, he can’t read.

OMG! You’re right! It looks more like S3459 to me.


Another 3.5 saloon on car and classic auction uk with 2 days to go
Looks in good condition

Is this the one?

See how many faults the Forum can find with it?


I could live with that, damn any “faults!”

Well, I’m not picky, but I always have a hard time looking at MKV’s and MKIV’s in colours that never were available from the factory. Red is most certainly one of them, BRG is another.


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By definition… I think that makes ya picky…:wink:

Nah, I mean I can’t always tell about the fog lamps, the horns, the wheel hubs, the sidelights etc.

The colour is the big picture, the switches, lamps and horns are details.


It was passed in at the auction for 55’000.00GBP!

How much would a properly restored one sell for?



That red is gorrrgeous!

Would that include two-tone MKV DHC’s & Saloons? :wink:

Sure. :slight_smile:

(No problem)

Better not put any pictures of my car then- two tone in red and black!!:blush:

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Nope, mine is two-tone as well. not my choice but it’s been two tone since the 1970’s and current (Metallic Maroon over Silver) colouring at least since the early 1980’s.

Some day, I do hope it will return to an elegant Birch Grey with Pale Blue (grey) interior with a French Grey hood and a white steering wheel. Very grey, but very very contemporary and elegant, and as it was built and delivered in 1950. :slight_smile:


It’s just a running joke, Richard. :blush:

My MKV is two tone Black and Cream (as in my icon) and I love it. Red and Black would be nice too!


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Next one available if you got some spare change

Bonham’s bloopers, they seem to have pix of two different cars on there, license no.s BKR and CKF, diver’s helmet and owl’s eye tail lights, cup wheel weights and none, two different spare wheel nuts, fishtail exhaust and twin round pipes.

First thing that has to go is that Desmo cat. Then the red engine. Not too enamored of the SS horn button. STOP tail lights on upside down and amber inserts.