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Jaguar Mkv - 1948-1951
Jaguars mk v was, oddly enough, the first jaguar model to bear a mark number. It was very much a stopgap design, intended to fill the gap between the old jaguars constructed before world war ii and the new double-overhead-cam sedans taking shape in the workshops. In style, the mk v was reminiscent of the contemporary bentley but it cost only a quarter of the price
Top speed of 90,7 mph
engine typedrivetrain: Water-cooled, overhead-valve 6-cylinder
displacement 3,485 cc (3.49 l) power rating 120 hp transmission 4-speed manual
chassis: Boxed-channel steel with x-bracing; Independent front suspension by wishbone and torsion bar; Rear suspension by live axle and semielliptic leaf springs; 4-wheel drum brakes; 3,850 lbs.
price (est): $66,000 (1991 collectors price)
Bentley on a budget
rear-wheel skirts and thinner windshield pillars added to the budget bentley image. Indeed, the mk v designation seems to have been chosen simply because bentley had recently launched its own mk vi. The chassis of the jaguar was entirely new, heralding an era of jaguars with independent front suspension that provided smoothness and handling considered outstanding by journalists of the day.
in fact, the chassis was a preview of the engineering of the mk vii, which later reappeared in 1951, powered by a new twin-cam engine (only one experimental mk v was built with the new power plant). Another improvement was the hydraulic braking system.
some 10,000 mk v jaguars 1,000 of them with three-position dropheads were produced in three years.
The styling of the jaguar mk v deliberately mimicked that of the bentley mk vi. Thefaired-in headlights, however, were a modern touch.
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