Car Catcher: The Last Pushrod-Engined Jaguar, the Mark V

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Launched in 1948, the Mark V carried over the “2½-” and “3½-liter” pushrod straight-six engines from the previous Mark IV Jaguars. Despite that, the Mark V featured several improvements over previous models, such as a stiffer chassis and an independent front suspension.

This 1950 Jaguar Mark V is an example of the available Drop Head Coupes that the seller explains “is a local car that we have known and maintained for several years.”

This particular Mark V is reported to be powered by the 3½-liter engine backed by a four-speed manual transmission.

The listing also notes that the Jaguar is an older restoration, though the seller reports recently rebuilding the braking system.

Find this 1950 Jaguar Mark V DHC for sale over at British Sports Cars for $65,000.

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wspohn
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10/28/20 11:59 a.m.

A friend restored one of these. They were the last post-war saloon with a prewar look, and they were far superior to the previous Mk IV, whcih was coach-built (metal panels over wood inner framework that cost several times what the all metal Mk V does to restore).

Quite handsome in their day, and they outsold the then new XK 120 by a considerable margin. Personally, I'd rather have the coupe than the drophead version - less fiddling to get water seal and the sollon usually (always?) came with a sunroof.

Nowhere near as good as the best post war 1950s saloon (that I used to own) the Mk 9 with stately post war styling, big disc brakes on all corners and a 3.8 DOHC engine vs. the pushrod 2 1/2-3 1/2 liter used in the Mk V.

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