The smallest Jaguar
One should definately have a representative car the same vintage as one self...."
I had expressed the same principle in the motorcycle world but a little differently
A car from 1947 would have been nice. This period car models had roundly shaped, one piece bodies, enclosed lamps a little chrome here and there and very traditional drivetrains. Not the easiest ones to get hold of
Norway had applied severe car import restrictions for currency reasons in those days
A colleague at work had succeeded in finding and buying an abandoned project of a 1947 Jaguar 1,5 litre.
Someone had tried to make a "Drophead Coupe" out of a fourdoor Saloon.
For completing the project he had found yet another body, a 1949 3,5 litre, which had been imported as a parts car by someone who needed its engine and drivetrain etc.
Since he didn't have a real workplace for the two cars at home, he had to move them about and did not manage to work on them as he would have preferred.He gradually decided to part with it, wanting something smaller and in one piece. Several were interested in the "two" Jags
Two of us joined up, decided we could settle for different sections of the Mark IV cars and parts
The 1,5 litre needed just a roof, otherwise it was complete. I like the 30's look of this old aristocrat. All steel body and a separate frame
My fellow Jaguar heap buyer had found another abandoned 1,5 litre parts car. One empty Jaguar parts car body were standing outside in the grass in Sweden, with lower parts gone. He bought the roof off it for the green 1,5 litre Losthead CoupéI agreed to fix the rust on the 3,5 litre and help out a third party who needed assistance with a lost sliding roof, because apparently the Swedish roof was meant for him...
So all joined up and together we bought an MGA roadster restorable car and swapped this for the now two Jaguar projects.
I am easy to please!
The 1,5 litre actually has an 1800cc four cylinder engine but it is still the smallest capacity Jaguar ever made. The three cars marketed by the Jaguar factory after the war ended, were the mentionend 1,5 litre four, a small six of 2,5 litre and the mentioned flagship of 3,5litre six.
The three of them all had different "nose length" and thus also very different weight. They all had the same interior and coachwork though.
The 1,5 litre became very popular, sold for 1400 GB£ and it was this popular seller that made money for the Jaguar factory after the war
I guess regarding 1947 Jaguars, I am more of a 1,5 litre guy
The wooden interior of the car needs some light brushing up but all details are there and the instrumentation tells for sure that this a Special Edition,
Jaguar 1,5 litre Special Editions were mostly for the overseas markets, had heater as standard equipment and extra lamps up front.