Jaguar Mk IV Sport Saloon 1,5 Litre (1948).
Stylish and wonderfully original Jaguar.
The Jaguar Mark IV - the first Jaguar built after WW2 - is essentially a continuation of the 1938-39 SS models. Most were 4-drs saloons and shared the same bodyshell, but the 1.5 Litre model rode a six-inch shorter wheelbase and had a four cilinder engine made by the Standard Motor Car Company instead of a straight six. Appearance was marked by a long hood, upright radiator capped by the Jaguar mascot, large freestanding headlamps, a flowing separate front , and a narrow body with low roof. High-quality interior furnishings included a traditional British wood dash with large Smiths dials, sumptuous leather seats and wool headlining. Top speed for the 1,5 Litre was about 70 mph, while the 3,5 Litre could reach a bit over 90 mph. Most Mark IVs were built with right hand drive for the British market as Jaguar's export drive didn't begin in earnest until a few years later. These cars have beautiful classic lines, and are in fact still reasonably affordable as only 5761 examples were made of this 1,5 Litre version.
Our example is still in a very original condition, as this is how we like it. The interior is still the same as it left the factory almost 70 years ago, and it just looks (and smells) fantastic. The car has a steel sunroof, and an opening windscreen. The appearance of the car is impressive, in its black over British racing green livery. The black painted wheels are the finishing touch, and makes this car look like the ultimate sports saloon from the forties.
This is a car you need to see in real to understand how good it looks. The proportions are magnificent, and the low roof gives it a perfect stance. In combination with the originality and correct details of this car, we can only find one word to describe it : DESIRABLE.