1950 Jaguar Mark V LaudetteSOLD
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Estimate: $40,000-$60,000 US

Offered Without Reserve

AUCTION RESULTS: Lot was Sold at a price of $49,500

Specifications:
102bhp, 2,664 cc. overhead valve inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent front suspension and rigid rear axle with leaf springs, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 120"

When it debuted at the London Motor Show in 1949, the new Mark V was intended to be Jaguar ’ s postwar flagship automobile and was offered both as a four-door saloon as well as a drophead coupe (which was, interestingly enough, available for the same cost). These big Jaguars were very luxurious and well appointed, with a steel sliding sunroof (saloon), leather upholstery and beautiful polished woodwork.

In 1950, 1,647 2.5-liter Mk V Saloons were built, 533 of which were built for export. In contrast, just 28 Mk V Drophead Coupes were built that year with the 2.5-liter engine, and every single one, but one, was sold as export.

The example presented here, believed to be the world ’ s only 1950 Jaguar Mk V Laudette, began life as a saloon wearing body number G5937. It was sold to a Mr. Walter Gilling March 16, 1950 by the dealer Jack Olding & Co Ltd, in London, England.

The current owner found the car in England, where it had at some point been converted to Laudette body style (characterized by a fixed roof above the driver and a retractable top above the passengers). Drawn to the uniqueness of this Mark V, she purchased the car and brought it back with her to the United States. In 2002, work commenced on a complete body-off-the-frame restoration that took two years to complete. A portfolio containing photographs and a detailed paper trail that accurately documents the entire restoration process is included in the sale of the Jaguar, as is a Production Record Trace Certificate no. 21015, issued by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust.

Fresh from the restoration, the Mk V Laudette was brought to the West Palm Beach Concours d ’ Elegance, where the cream and white, two-tone Jaguar won the Best In Show Saloon award.

The interior is beautifully finished in tan leather with white piping and matching wool carpets. The original 2.5- liter engine remains under the hood and is reported to be in fine mechanical condition. Currently registered in Georgia, it also maintains its original English registration, ensuring that this Jaguar could be enjoyed on either side of the pond. Anywhere this lovely automobile travels, it will undoubtedly earn admiring remarks for its uniqueness and elegance.

Reference Number 11206

as of 7/14/2007

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Car 1950 Jaguar Mark V Laudette
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