1950 Jaguar Mark V convertible. See more pictures of Jaguar cars.
Styling was an updated version of the Mark IV, still with a traditional vertical radiator and sweeping separate fenders, but headlamps were now partially integrated into the fenders. Roomy four-door saloons (sedans) were most common, but many 3.5 Litre chassis were built with dignified two-door drophead (convertible) coupe bodywork, and are considerably more collectible today. Engines were essentially holdovers of the prewar six-cylinder units.
Like all such Jaguars, they were fast for the period (more than 90 mph for the 3.5 Litre models), and trimmed with lots of real wood cappings and plush upholstery.
Pluses of the 1948-1951 Jaguar Mark V:
- Classic lines
- CCCA Classic status
- Rugged simplicity
- Rare in U.S.
- Convertibles very desirable
- Prices have recently retreated to realistic level
- Better handling than the 1945-48 Mark IV
- Dropheads have Milestone car status
- Has mainly held onto its 1990s inflated values
Minuses of the 1948-1951 Jaguar Mark V:
- Parts supplies dried up long ago
- Limited performance
- Poor body quality
- Old-fashioned chassis
- Pricey, maybe overvalued
- 2.5 Litre Saloon: 1,661
- 2.5 Litre Drophead: 29
- 3.5 Litre Saloon: 7,831
- 3.5 Litre Drophead: 972
of the 1948-1951 Jaguar Mark V:
Length, inches: 187.0
Wheelbase, inches: 120.0
Weight, pounds: 3,700/3,860 (sdn/conv)
Price, new: NA
Engines for the 1948-1951 Jaguar Mark V:
Type Size Horsepower Years ohv I-6
2,663 (163 cid) 105 1948-1951 ohv I-6 3,485 (213 cid) 125 1948-1951