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1953 Jaguar Mark VII

Engine No. B11138
Amelia Island 2020 - Bonhams
Friday, 6 March - Saturday, 7 March 2020
$12,880
Sale Price
121
Lot Number
#3
Unrestored Original
Bonhams
Auction House
Chassis No. 734637, Engine No. B11138. Gray over red leather. 3442-cc, 160-hp L-6. 4-speed manual. Sunroof, fender skirts, and hubcaps.

Evaluation: Unrestored original | In collector Dean Edmonds’s ownership since new and consistently maintained but never seriously restored. Original paint and chrome with just the right amount of patina. The interior wood looks old, but not 67 years old, and the leather up front has been redone. The back seats are original but are still clean and soft. Old tires. Clean chassis. It would make a straightforward project, but it’s also a clean survivor-class type of car that could be enjoyed as is. Buyer’s choice.

Bottom Line: The single ownership, service history, and charming preservation did little to inspire anyone doing the actual bidding. It’s a project car bought for project car money, and that leaves the new owner with money left over to tackle the job. That said, even excellent Mark VIIs aren’t particularly valuable. This will be a labor of love.

by Hagerty Editor
1 February 2020
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Condition definitions
Condition #1: Concours
Condition #1 vehicles are the best in the world. The visual image is of the best vehicle, in the right colors, driving onto the lawn at the finest concours. Perfectly clean, the vehicle has been groomed down to the tire treads. Painted and chromed surfaces are mirror-like. Dust and dirt are banned, and materials used are correct and superbly fitted. The one word description for #1 vehicles is “concours.“
Condition #2: Excellent
#2 vehicles could win a local or regional show. They can be former #1 vehicles that have been driven or have aged. Seasoned observers will have to look closely for flaws, but will be able to find some not seen by the general public. The paint, chrome, glass and finishes will all appear as excellent. No excessive smoke will be seen on startup, no unusual noises will emanate from the engine. The vehicle will drive as a new vehicle of its era would. The one word description for #2 vehicles is “excellent.“
Condition #3: Good
#3 vehicles could possess some, but not all of the issues of a #4 vehicle, but they will be balanced by other factors such as a fresh paint job or a new, correct interior where applicable. #3 vehicles drive and run well, but might have some incorrect parts. These vehicles are not used for daily transportation but are ready for a long tour without excuses, and the casual passerby will not find any visual flaws. “Good” is the one word description of a #3 vehicle.
Condition #4: Fair
#4 vehicles are daily drivers, with flaws visible to the naked eye. The chrome might have pitting or scratches, the windshield might be chipped. Paintwork is imperfect, and perhaps the body has a minor dent. Split seams or a cracked dash, where applicable, might be present. No major parts are missing, but the wheels could differ from the originals, or other non- stock additions might be present. A #4 vehicle can also be a deteriorated restoration. “Fair” is the one word that describes a #4 vehicle.
Condition #5: Poor
Running, but battered, incomplete, and perhaps rusty.
Condition #6: Parts car
Parts car.
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