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1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe / 611056 Vehicle Information

Sold for $196,000 at 2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours.
The newly renamed Jaguar Cars resumed automobile production in 1945 after World War II had come to a close with a range of vehicles wearing pre-war designs, albeit with minor improvements. These vehicles were meant to get Britain back on the road and were essentially stopgap vehicles pending the arrival of an entirely new and modern generation of Jaguars. Retrospectively known after 1948 as the 'Mark IV,' these immediate post-war models included the compact 1.5-Liter and larger 2.5- and 3.5-Liter model.

The Mark IV used a separate chassis with a 120-inch wheelbase and a beam front axle and live rear suspension on semi-elliptic springs, with lever-arm dampers, Burman worm-and-nut steering, and Girling mechanical brakes. The all-steel factory coachwork was elegant and stylish, available in both saloon or drophead coupe configurations. Most of the customers selected the factory bodies, while a few required bespoke coachwork which was performed by independent coachbuilders. The interiors were luxurious and well-appointed.

The Standard Company's seven-bearing six-cylinder engine, used by SS Cars (later renamed to Jaguar) since 1934, was given a Weslake overhead-valve cylinder head and backed by a four-speed manual gearbox in the 3.5-Liter Jaguar form, giving the Mark IV a top speed of nearly 100 mph.

This particular Jaguar is one of the 12 3.5-Liter Mark IVs delivered in rolling chassis form. Ten were sent to Switzerland and two to Belgium. This example was transported by train from Jaguar Cars' factory to Emil Frey in Zurich on 2nd May 1947 for onward transit to Carrosserie Langenthal.

Carrosserie Langenthal was a Swiss-based company carriage maker founded in 1888. They built a reputation for its convertible bodies during the 1930s using Alexis Kellner's design, which was used under license. After World War II, the company continued to build bespoke coachwork for chassis that included Daimler, Delage, Delahaye, Rolls-Royce, Jaguar, and Alvis.

This Langenthal-built Jaguar received approval by the Road Traffic Office on March 12th of 1948. Its owner, Mrs. Maria Wacker from Zurich, drove the car until December 1955.

Years later, in September of 2015, Mrs. Wacker's Jaguar found its way to the workshops of Emil Frey Classics in Safenwil, Switzerland. At the time, the car was in very poor condition. Its owner painstaking completed a restoration preserving original components and returning the car as close as possible to its original condition. Parts that could no longer be restored were replaced with period-correct pieces - or were remanufactured.

The engine, chassis, transmission, and mechanical components were completely disassembled and rebuilt. The body was stripped of paint and re-sprayed in its original black livery. The headlamps were re-chromed and the reflectors re-silvered. The seats were replaced in beige, while the original springs were retained and fitted to the reconstructed seat frames.

The restoration required over 2,100 working hours to complete. The work was completed by Emil Frey Classics in 2018.

The car is powered by an overhead-valve inline-6 cylinder unit fitted with dual SU side-draft carburetors displacing 3,485cc and offering 125 BHP at 4,250 RPM. There is a four-speed manual gearbox, four-wheel Girling mechanical drum brakes, and a leaf spring suspension.


By Daniel Vaughan | May 2020


2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $250,000-USD $350,000 
Sale Price :
USD $196,000

2020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona

Pre-Auction Estimates :
USD $300,000-USD $400,000 
Lot was not sold

1948 Jaguar Mark IV Auction Sales

Recent Sales

(Data based on Model Year 1948 sales)
1948 Jaguar Mk IV 3½ Liter Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 637222
Sold for USD$115,360
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Liter Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 611056
Sold for USD$196,000
  2020 Bonhams : Amelia Island Concours
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1948 Jaguar Mk IV 3 ½-Liter Drophead Coupe Project
Sold for USD$23,520
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-liter Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 637127
Sold for USD$78,400
  2019 Bonhams : Tupelo Auction
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Cabriolet
Chassis#: 637043
Sold for USD$78,100
  2018 RM Sothebys : Fort Lauderdale
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 637098
Sold for USD$170,800
  2018 RM Sothebys : Amelia Island
1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Saloon
Chassis#: SL3470
Sold for USD$47,000
  2017 Mecum : Monterey
 
1948 Jaguar Mk. IV Saloon (3.5 Litre)
Chassis#: 612197
Sold for USD$85,370
  2017 Historics at Brookland
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe
Sold for USD$125,000
  2017 Mecum : Kissimmee
 
1948 Jaguar Mk IV 3.5 Saloon
Sold for USD$48,877
  2016 Shannons - Melbourne Autumn Classic
 
1948 Jaguar MK IV DHC
Chassis#: 7092
Sold for USD$53,900
  2016 Motostalgia : Amelia Island Auction
 
1948 Jaguar 'Mark IV' 3½ Litre Three-Position Drophead Coupé
Chassis#: 617001-617184
Sold for USD$149,290
  2015 Bonhams : Bond Street Motor Car Sale
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 637237
Sold for USD$137,500
  2015 RM Sotheby's : Amelia Island
1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drop Head Coupe
Chassis#: 637053
Sold for USD$176,000
  2015 Gooding & Company - Arizona
1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  
1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 637144
Sold for USD$126,258
  2012 H & H Donnington Priory
 
1948 Jaguar Cars MKIV Saloon
Sold for USD$21,099
  2012 Barons - Annual Jaguar Heritage + Sports and Prestige Cars
 
1948 Jaguar 3,5 litres cabriolet
Sold for USD$93,428
  2012 Artcurial Motorcars at Rétromobile
 
1948 Jaguar 3.5 liter Mark IV Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: SL3262Z
Sold for USD$110,000
  2011 RM Auctions at Monterey
1948 Jaguar Mk IV Saloon
Chassis#: 611638
Sold for USD$63,372
  2011 RM Auctions - Salon Privé
 
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe
Chassis#: 637237
Sold for USD$137,500
  2011 RM Auctions - Automobiles of Amelia Island
1948 Jaguar Mark IV image  

Vehicles That Failed To Sell

1948 Jaguar Mark IV's that have appeared at auction but did not sell.
VehicleChassisEventHigh BidEst. LowEst. High
1948 JAGUAR MARK IV 3½-LITRE DROPHEAD COUPÉ6370882020 Bonhams : The Bonmont Sale $80,000$120,000
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-Liter Drophead Coupe6110562020 Bonhams : Scottsdale Arizona $300,000$400,000
1948 Jaguar MKIV Drophead Coupe6372512019 Mecum : Monterey$120,000$125,000$145,000
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½ Liter Drophead Coupe6370622019 Bonhams : Greenwich Concours $75,000$100,000
1948 Jaguar MKIV Drophead Coupe 2018 Mecum : Las Vegas$80,000$200,000$250,000
1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe6170012014 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe6170012014 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1948 Jaguar MK IV 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe6170012014 H & H Auctions Imperial War Museum   
1948 JAGUAR MKIV DROP HEAD COUPE6372282014 Mecum Monterey$110,000  
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead Coupe 2014 Auctions America : California$80,000  
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-liter Drophead Coupé6372282014 Greenwich Concours D'Elegance Auction $95,000$125,000
1948 Jaguar Mark IV Drophead CoupeC6371392012 RM Auctions at Amelia Island, Fla$90,000$100,000$120,000
1948 Jaguar Mark IV 3½-litre Saloon6124452011 Bonhams Collectors' Motor Cars & Motorcycles $30,000$40,000
1948 Jaguar Mk V 3.5 Saloon62-06662011 Shannons Auctions Shannons Melbourne Autumn Classic Auction $26,000$32,000
1948 JAGUAR MARK IV TWO DOOR CONVERTIBLE 2002 Kruse Auction Auburn, IN$41,000  

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