|Right Hand Drive
|11 September 1951
|Black / ------------
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2017-03-11 20:26:12 | pauls writes:
Car to be at auction 3/17
Location Imperial War Museum Duxford
Lot No TBC
Jaguar MK V 3.5 Litre Drophead Coupe
Vehicle Registration 894 YUE
Chassis Number 640220
Engine Number Z3720
Body Colour Black
Trim Colour Red
MOT Expiry Exempt
Estimate £70000 - 80000
- Delivered new to New Zealand, 3.5-litre example
- Discovered in a barn in 1994 and subjected to comprehensive restoration
- Prize winner at Easter 2003 National Jaguar Rally (NZ), imported to UK in 2011
One of just eight examples originally exported to New Zealand, this impeccably restored Mk V was first registered to a Mrs Hope of Te Puke. It spent the following years in the northern region before being 'barn' discovered in 1994, in Taupo, central North Island. A restoration was commenced by stripping the car to the last nut and bolt. The chassis was then checked for corrosion and alignment. Finding no serious rust issues, it was dip-stripped in an acid bath and neutralised in an alkaline bath before priming and painting. The internal sections were 'tectel' treated. The running gear was then addressed with bushes, tie rod ends and bearings etc. being replaced. The braking system was rebuilt with new piping and PBR booster. A new radiator core was fitted with new aluminium castings (manifolds etc.) and the water pump reconditioned. The 3 1/2 -litre engine was extensively reconditioned and balanced and a new rocker shaft and felt wicks installed. The gearbox was overhauled with new seals to prevent oil leaks whilst new bearings were fitted to the differential. The body was then subjected to the dipping process; all panels were metal finished and body solder was used as per original specification. All chrome parts were triple plated. This process took many months, carried out by Steve Roberts of Wanganui, one of the most respected of New Zealand constructors.
Interestingly, when the body was completed, following inspection by their chemists, Ford Motor Company in Auckland allowed it to be placed on their assembly line for undercoating and preparation for final painting. A new wiring loom was installed and the instruments were refurbished by Parrotts of Christchurch. Other aluminium trims were replaced with brass apart from the Landau bars. Trimming in sumptuous red Connolly hide was completed by George Lee of Christchurch, examples of his work having won numerous concours events including those at Pebble Beach. The grey hood was sourced from an ex-Coventry supplier at Wembley. After completion, the painstaking work was rewarded with a premium award for Best Restoration at the Easter 2003 Jaguar National Rally (NZ).
Imported to the UK by the vendor in 2011, 894 YUE has subsequently formed part of his private collection, where is has been exercised occasionally and regularly maintained. Finished in arguably the most appealing colour combination of black with red interior, this beautiful Mk V is only being sold due to the owner's wish to rationalise his collection.
2023-09-07 10:15:24 | pauls writes:
Car returns to auction 9/23
1951 Jaguar Mark V 3½-Litre Drophead Coupé
Goodwood Revival Collectors' Motor Cars and Automobilia
9 September 2023, 13:30 BST
£70,000 - £90,000
Registration no. 894 YUE
Chassis no. 640220
Engine no. Z3720
• One of only eight exported new to New Zealand
• Restored to concours standards in New Zealand in 1994
• Imported into the UK in 2011
• Engine rebuilt in 2018
One eight exported to New Zealand, this Jaguar Mark V was first owned by Mrs Hope of Te Puke, NZ. The car spent its life in the northern region and in 1994 it was discovered as a 'barn find' in central north island at Taupo.
Restoration commenced by stripping the car and checking chassis for alignment etc. Having no visible problems it was dipped in an acid bath and neutralized in an alkaline bath before priming and painting. The internal sections were Tectyl treated. All running gear e.g. suspension bushes, tie-rod ends, bearings, etc were replaced, while the braking system has been rebuilt with new piping and a PBR booster.
A new radiator core has been fitted, together with new aluminium castings for manifolds etc, and the water pump reconditioned. The engine was extensively reconditioned and balanced, the cylinder head receiving a new rocker shaft and felt wicks. The gearbox was overhauled and seals installed to eliminate oil leaks. The driveshaft was rebuilt with new universal joints and balanced, while the differential had new bearings, etc.
The body was dip-stripped and then rebuilt by Steve Roberts of Wanganui. Steve is one of the most competent constructors in New Zealand, whose attention to original detail is quite remarkable. All panels were metal finished and body solder used as per original. The refurbishment took many months. When the body was finished, the Ford Motor Company agreed to place it on their assembly line in Auckland. Following a visit by their chemists to inspect its condition (see photographs), the body was undercoated prior to final painting.
A new wiring loom was manufactured in Australia to include flashing semaphores etc. Instruments were refurbished by specialists Parrotts of Christchurch. The replacement door handles, etc were ex-Ashwater Forge. Other aluminium trim parts were replaced with brass, except the landau bars.
Trimming in Connolly leather was undertaken by George Lee of Christchurch, NZ, whose work has featured in many concours-winning cars (including at Pebble Beach). The hood came from a former factory supplier at Wembley. Completed in 1994, the restoration's quality was recognized at the Easter 2003 National Jaguar Rally with the premium award for restoration (see photograph on file).
Imported from New Zealand in 2011, the Jaguar has since benefited from £5,000 spent by the current owner on various works including an engine rebuild in May 2018. The car also received a new set of tyres (spare included) in 2022. Bills for these recent works and photographs relating to the New Zealand restoration are on file together with a BMIHT certificate and V5C.