Shortly after World War II, Jaguar had little choice but to revert to pre-war production. Although the name had changed from SS Cars to Jaguar Cars, there was no real innovation. Production numbers had to be met and foreign markets in particular had to be tapped, as steel was only issued in the UK if you could export your cars.
The MKIV is a bit of a renegade when it comes to Jaguar’s post-war development, as it still relies entirely on pre-war advancements.
This makes the car somewhat unique, but upon closer inspection, this MKIV actually includes some of the first features that would later be incorporated into Jaguar’s newer post-war saloon models.
Therefore, while the MKIV may seem like an oddity at first glance, it actually represents an important transitional period in Jaguar’s history.
The Mark IV Drophead Coupé from Jaguar was mainly produced for export, particularly for the United States, with very few being sold in the UK. The manufacturing of this model lasted for only slightly over a year between 1947 and 1948, during which only 184 right-hand drive versions of the Mark IV 3.5-Litre drophead coupé were built.
ABOUT THIS SPECIFIC EXAMPLE
Completed on the 17th of February in 1948, this right hand drive example is the very first right hand drive 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe produced.
It was despatched to the Hoffman Motor Car Co of Park Avenue, New York, in the following month. This company was an influential importer of European sports and luxury cars, and it played a key role in the popularity of classic cars in the United States.
Max Hoffman, the owner of the Hoffman Motor Car Co, was a visionary who convinced many car manufacturers to produce some of their most iconic models. He is credited with persuading Mercedes-Benz, BMW, and Porsche to produce the 300SL “Gullwing,” 507, and 356 Speedster, respectively.
It is no surprise that Hoffman was attracted to the Jaguar’s stunningly elegant styling, which undoubtedly played a part in his decision to import this right-hand drive car into a left-hand drive market.
Despite the fact that the car was right-hand drive, it seems to have been well received in the United States, but little is known about its time there.
However, an accompanying service manual suggests that it belonged to Chas A. Mitchell of Washington DC by August 28th, 1949.
After being repatriated by restorer A.B. Price during 1995, the MKIV retained its original engine and coachwork.
Mr. King, a proud member of the Jaguar Drivers’ Club, was determined to bring this example up to concours standard. He entrusted the marque specialist Davenport Cars to undertake this task.
The car was meticulously restored to perfection and was awarded the prestigious Best SS Trophy at the 1997 and 1998 JDC National Day. It was also chosen as the car that the Chairman of Jaguar would “most like to take home” after completing the JDC Rally.
It was then fettled and MOT tested before being sold to William King of Milton Keynes, who surely recognized the unique history and significance of this iconic car.
The Mark IV is a stunning car in all its forms, but the Drophead Coupé is especially elegant and breathtaking.
Its bodywork has been impeccably cared for, with beautifully aligned panels and shiny chrome.
The car is finished in its original colour and the paint has a beautiful deep shine to it.
The hubcaps still has that luxurious look and no damages can be found.
The convertible top is also looks really nice and fits perfectly in every place.
Additionally, operating the hood is effortless, as one would expect from a luxury British car. Overall, this car is a true work of art that is sure to impress anyone who sees it.
As part of the restoration process, the interior of the car underwent a complete reupholstering that was carried out with a great attention to detail and originality.
The interior is now upholstered in the original color scheme using beautiful materials and the leather has been processed just as Jaguar used to do, ensuring that the car maintains its classic look and feel.
The lavish burr walnut wood trim, which is a hallmark of luxury cars from this era, has also been lovingly restored and now looks very nice.
Every instrument and control in the car has been checked and restored, ensuring that they are both beautiful to look at and function as they should.
The carpets in the car have also been completely renewed and now fit beautifully throughout, adding to the overall sense of luxury and elegance in the car’s interior.
Every detail has been carefully considered resulting in an interior that is not only visually stunning but also incredibly comfortable and functional.
Under the hood of the Mark IV is a solid 3.5-liter six-in-line engine that has been paired with a five-speed manual transmission from a later Jaguar, making it a much more refined travel companion on longer journeys.
The car’s overall performance is a testament to the Jaguar’s immense engineering power, and its handling is surprisingly modern, despite the Mark IV’s almost pre-war design.
The engine runs smoothly throughout the rev range, delivering a powerful and quiet ride that is sure to impress even the most discerning drivers.