No more SS: ’48 Jaguar MKIV 3.5
When you have a car company in post-war Britain that has the initials SS, you sort of know instinctively, that a rebranding might be in order. The Swallow SIdecar Company became Jaguar Motor Company. The new Jaguar Motor Company brought the Mk IV to market in late 1945 therefore the Mk IVs are now recognized as the first “official” Jaguar. Like most post-war British cars, the model was essentially the same as the prewar car, with an identical body design for the two saloon and drophead coupe body styles that were offered. The engine remained the same pushrod six-cylinder engine used in 1940, available in displacements of both 2.5 and 3.5 liters. Today’s featured car is the more powerful 3.5 model. It has many things going for it mainly the original interior in pretty decent condition. The seller tells us it is a matching numbers car in driveable condition with new brakes and wiring harness. Since it is British, a new wiring harness is always a good idea. The car has some provenance too as it is said to belong to the same family since 1963. Therefore there is a significant amount of paperwork that the MKIV will come with. Hagerty has these well over $60,000 for a trailer queen. So this one priced at $23,500 leaves some room for improvement. You don’t want to go down the restoration road with this one yet. Just keep it running and improve it a little at a time. Click here for the eBay listing.