Jaguar MK IV, 1960

Here’s a super cool 1960 Jaguar MK IV, a solid car owned by the same family from new. It’s been sitting since the late 90’s and is in nice condition  but it has a horrible smelling interior. All of the mechanical components need to be overhauled but Who cares how well the car drives when you the musty smell overwhelms your senses and some odd fungus grows in your mucus membranes.  This interior is made up of all natural fibers such as a wool headliner, leather seats,  latex foam and wood trim which hold fast to these nasty odors.  In order to move forward, we will least have to replace the headliner and shampoo the carpets, hopefully it the rest of the upholstery can be cleaned.

Click and Clack, the Car Talk guys suggest placing coffee beans throughout the interior making the claim that the beans not only absorb the smell, but they give off a nice fragrance, not a bad deal. I was thinking of pressure washing it with tomato juice like we do with dogs that have been “skunked”.

Jaguar 4 door MK

Jaguar 4 door MK

Jaguar Interior 1960

Jaguar Interior 1960

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  1. Joe Costa said,

    July 1, 2011 @ 5:10 pm

    There was a discussion regarding this on the corvette forum and a number of guys and detailers suggested an “ozone generator” for removing musty odors. FWIW

  2. Paul Brown said,

    July 2, 2011 @ 10:26 pm

    We use an ozone generator placed inside vintage car interiors to kill odors, mold spores. It usually takes several treatments to accomplish complete odor kill.

  3. Donald Whitescarver said,

    July 3, 2011 @ 8:38 am

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  4. Jack Hawkins said,

    July 4, 2011 @ 8:57 am

    Steve, try a couple of boxes of baking soda worked into the carpets and left for a week or so, then clean it out. Sort of like absorbing the odors from the ‘fridge but on a large scale . . .

  5. Scott said,

    July 5, 2011 @ 4:00 pm

    Or maybe, like in that Seinfeld episode, the smell is more than just an odor; it is a living entity, one that attaches itself to anyone or anything that dares to enter its lair. If you test-drove the car, maybe you take a whiff of the clothes you were wearing at the time, just to be sure. The car may not need a cleaning; it may need an exorcism!

  6. DTA said,

    July 8, 2011 @ 11:04 am

    If you guys come down to Stratton next week, swing through Hemmings and talk to John Caspar who has a detail shop next door. He has some magic odor removal methods.

  7. admin said,

    July 11, 2011 @ 10:07 pm


    Great answer, i bet that’s what it is, thankfully the car doesn’t run and we can’t be in it long enough to overtake our bodies. Who are these crazies believing that this is something an “ozone generator” can fix!

  8. Paul Brown said,

    July 12, 2011 @ 8:51 pm

    Yup — the ozone generator is a crazy idea. I’m sure that the tomato juice, coffee beans, and baking soda shampoo will work really well.

  9. DougD said,

    July 14, 2011 @ 12:49 pm

    Paul, great comeback, that’s the funniest thing I’ve read in weeks!
    Although we can’t see this car in smell-o-vision you have to wonder how stinky a car is when it can only be approached with doors, hood and trunk open!!

  10. Mario Belfort said,

    July 18, 2011 @ 11:07 am

    Hello: I am a daytona 1971 owner an I have some Jaguars… Sorry, but the car in the pictures is a Mark IX (1959-1961). Officially there are NO Mark IV… The 3 1/2 liter (1946-1950) was called by someone of Mk IV, wrongly… Best regards.

  11. Johan Halmén said,

    October 29, 2011 @ 1:20 pm

    Mario is right. I just saw a Louis Vuitton add in a magazine. A lady sits in the back seat of a car. I started to search for that car model using Google image search and it appears to be a Jaguar Mark IX Saloon 1961. The car in the add has exactly the same colouring as this one.

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