Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe
Jaguar met the postwar market in 1945 with its trusty 2.5- and 3.5-liter sedans that dated back to 1935. “Export or die” business led to a concentrated effort to sell to the US market, and the Mark IV sedans and the 3-position drophead coupe gained quite a following – especially as they were offered in LHD for the first time in 1947.
The 125 hp, 3.5-liter six-cylinder was big enough for America, while the huge Lucas P100 headlights and classic upright grille reminded the busy new world of a more gracious past. Inside, occupants sank into leather armchairs, surrounded by walnut panels and a dozen instruments to tell speed, engine revs, oil pressure, water temperature, amps, fuel and the time. Sadly, the prewar folding picnic tables were no longer offered, but the wire wheels were still covered by Ace discs, the trunk lid contained an enormous toolkit, and fitted luggage was available.
The 1947 drophead coupe really caught America’s fancy, with its polished, functional landau irons and the ability to raise, lower or set the three-position top halfway, with the driver and front passenger in the sun.
This car was auctioned off by RM Auctions in August of 2010 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California, in January of 2011 at the Arizona Biltmore Resort & Spa, Phoenix, Arizona, in March of 2011 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida, in August of 2011 at the Portola Hotel & Spa and Monterey Conference Center, Monterey, California and in March of 2012 at the Ritz-Carlton, Amelia Island, Florida.
125 bhp, 3,485 cc OHV inline six-cylinder engine, five-speed manual transmission (original four-speed transmission included), solid front axle and live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs front and rear, and Girling four-wheel mechanical drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"
Source: RM Auctions
Photo Credit: Copyright Darin Schnabel and Bryan Regan