1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe: A Jaguar for a More Civilized Age
Jaguar has long been a brand that conjures images of fancy parties, the social elite, and polo games. But of late, it’s been more about speed and power than opulence. The 1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe offered postwar drivers in America the opportunity to pilot not just a powerful ride, but one that took elegance and refinement to a striking new level. Really, just look at it and you’ll see why people fell in love with this car. It had stunning wire wheels, gigantic Lucas P100 headlights, polished landau irons to manage the 3-way adjustable top, and a big upright grille that simply demanded the attention of anyone on the street. PHOTOS: See More of the 1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe
The story on the inside is even more appealing. This Jaguar coddled with leather armchairs, walnut panels, and a full array of instrumentation for the driver. Speed, engine revs, oil pressure, water temperature, amps, and fuel were all displayed for whoever sat behind the wheel in charge of this 125 horsepower living room on wheels.
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That horsepower came courtesy of a 3.5-liter six-cylinder engine that was nothing new to the Jaguar line-up, having been an old standby since 1935. What was new was the option for a left hand drive, which first became available in 1947 and made the car much more appealing to American drivers.
The 1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe might not boast the horsepower numbers of today’s more modern Jaguars, but it can stand shoulder-to-shoulder with them as a truly stunning example of what it means to be a luxury car.
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Source: RM Auctions