1950 Jaguar MkV - today's project tempter

By: Guy Allen, Unique cars magazine

Big luxo cruiser could be an easy one to finish

1950 Jaguar MkV - today's project tempter
About a week away from 100mph, we reckon... (Okay, maybe a bit longer!)

Though it had the mixed fortune to be launched at the same time as the sexy XK120, Jaguar's MkV proved to be a solid seller over the years.

It was built in saloon, coupe and coupe drophead form, from 1948 to 1951. 

Engine choices were a brace of OHV sixes in 2.7lt and 3.5lt, claiming 104hp and 126hp. The bigger engine was by far the most popular. That was backed up by a four-speed manual transmission.

Front suspension was independent dual wishbone with torsion bar - which became a common Jag fitment.

Overall it was designed to look like a limousine and would have looked at home among higher-end brands such as Rolls-Royce and Bentley.

The car you see here looks like it's in the latter stages of restoration, which has the advantage that you get to see much of what's under the skin. Based in Victoria, it comes with what sounds like a substantial supply of spares. Price is $18,000.

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