Jaguar - Mk V
The Jaguar Mark V (pronounced mark five) was a saloon car built by the Jaguar company. The origin of the name is rather odd since, back in 1948 there had been no Mk I to IV Jaguars: the MK IV designation was only given to the predecessor after the launch of the Mk V. The car was launched at the 1948 London Motor Show but was rather overshadowed by the XK120 with which it shared the stand. The new large saloon did not get the new overhead camshaft XK engine, keeping the overhead valve pushrod units from the MK IV but there was no 1.5 litre version. The chassis was new with independent front suspension by double wishbones and torsion bar, an arrangement that would be used by Jaguar for many future vehicles.
The styling of the car was traditional Jaguar with upright chrome grille complete with the leaping Jaguar mascot on many, but not all, markets. The wheels were 16 inch steel disc type, significantly smaller than the 18 inch ones on the MK IV. From the side, a distinctive styling touch was a "tuck in" curve at the base of the rear window following the curved profile of the side glass. Rear wheel spats (fender skirts) were standard. There was also a drophead coupÃ© version which is now highly sought after. Production figures were:
- 2.5 litre saloon - 1,647
- 2.5 litre coupÃ© - 28
- 3.5 litre saloon - 7,814
- 3.5 litre coupÃ© - 977
There was no Jaguar Mark VI commercialised. For 1951 the Mark V was replaced by the Jaguar Mark VII. The Mark VII had the same ten foot wheel base as the Mark V, but a longer and more streamlined looking body which would continue in production with little outward change through the Jaguars Mark VIII and Mark IX until 1961.