1948 Jaguar 3.5 litre 'MarK IV' Drophead Coupé

Lot: 273

Sold for (£): 40,700
Offered for sale is a 3.5 L 1948 Jaguar 3 1/2 litre MK IV manual that has been with the current owner for the last 8 years. Coming with a partial history file, this lot's condition scores 67 / 135.

Classic Car Auctions says:

Delightfully original and unrestored, left-hand drive, 3.5-litre DHC...


  • Developed from the pre-war SS and rebadged (unsurprisingly) as a 'Jaguar' for the first time
  • Declared built on 6th May 1948 and shipped to the legendary Max Hoffman in New York
  • First owner was Marquis L Rolandi-Ricci, part of the respected Italian diplomatic family in Washington
  • One of only 376 built in LHD and amazingly well preserved for its 70 years
  • Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate.  Fabulous American 'Society' provenance


Lot Details

Registration: UXS 711 RHD/LHD: Left Hand Drive
Year: 1948 Engine size: 3.5 L
Make: Jaguar Odometer reading (miles): 48166
Model: 3 1/2 litre MK IV MOT expiry:
Warranted: No Chassis number: 637115

Vendor Condition Report

Overall: 67 / 135


Bodywork: Glass:
Paint: Chrome:


Micro blister in some areas of paintwork. New mohair hood. Some pitting to chrome. Incorrect bonnet badge showing 2.5 Ltr should be 3.5Ltr.

Featuring the very rare original option of Ace wheel covers.


Door-cards: Carpets:
Seating: Headlining:
Dashboard: Boot:


Has new carpets. Pigskin leather appears original with no signs of restoration.


Components: Starting:
Appearance: Running:


Runs well


Gears: Drive-shaft:


No noises and works as period

Running Gear

Axles: Chassis:
Suspension: Bearings:
Brakes: Wheels/Tyres:


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Vehicle History


Supplied to New York distributor, Hoffman Motor Car Company ( Park Avenue/ 59th Street) on 1st July 1948 making it one of the first Jaguars in the US as he only started importing the cars in mid-1948. It's first recorded owner was Marquis Luigi Rolandi-Ricci who's Father(?) Vittorio was the Italian Ambassador to the USA and a prominent socialite.

Reputedly 376 were intended to be LHD 3.5 Drophead coupes. Though, in practice, many of them were converted to RHD and renumbered accordingly before leaving the Browns Lane factory. Rare opportunity to acquire an original & unrestored example of this desirable 3.5 litre Drophead.

About the Condition Report

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Poor Numerous faults / Extensive damage / Many missing parts / Project or donor car
Fair Basic condition / Requires attention mechanically & cosmetically / Some damage / Some missing parts
Good Every-day useable classic car / Driven & enjoyed / Commensurate with age & mileage / Drives and looks as it should / Some vehicle history
Very good Almost pristine / Mechanically & cosmetically sound / Driven only occasionally / Extensive vehicle history
Excellent Pristine / Original / Documented nut & bolt ground-up restoration / Stored professionally / Trailered only / Complete vehicle history