Lot 37 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 S Drophead Coupé

Lot 37 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 S Drophead Coupé

Lot 37 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 S Drophead Coupé

Lot Number 37
Registration JXG 300
Chassis Number T827434DN
Engine Number VS1938-8
Odometer reading 24,648 miles
Estimate £30,000 - £40,000
Result Sold - £32,408

Although having a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically modernized. A one piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors. The bonnet was widened, opened down to the wings, and on the roadster the bulkhead was moved back 4 inches to make the bonnet longer. In the interior, the XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by one trimmed in leather and chrome. On the early drophead coupés, an aluminum centre dash panel with an X pattern engraving was fitted which looked similar to the early 3.8 E-type.  It was discontinued after June 1958. Thinner doors gave more interior space.

The standard engine, the same as fitted to the XK140, was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-6 rated at 180bhp at 5750rpm but most cars were fitted with the SE engine that had a modified cylinder head with larger exhaust valves rated at 210bhp at 5500rpm, however the most sought after were the 'S' option engines which achieved 250bhp at 5500rpm and were fitted with Triple two-inch SU carburetors, a straight port head, stronger clutch and a lightened flywheel.

The four-wheel Dunlop 12 in disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums.  Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified. Suspension and chassis were very similar to that on the XK140.  These were high performance, well appointed sports touring cars capable of 137mph and 0-60 in 7.8seconds, as well as accomplishing long distances with alacrity.

This earlier restoration Carmen Red XK150S with red interior is considered amongst many as the one to have.  This example has aged gracefully and her less than concours appearance makes her the obvious choice for any journey.  A wonderfully patina'd car, as welcome on the school-run as she would be at Goodwood or Monaco, this is a truly usable and mechanically sound classic in need of only light cosmetic restoration if one were so inclined.  We the sellers would keep her exactly as she is; Usable, eye-catching and iconic but not soo valuable that one is frightened to use her.  This car benefits from having been fitted with a 5-speed Getrag gearbox, more comfortable for longer rallies, and an electronic ignition so she fires first time every time….As many classic car owners will attest, this is an attractive feature.

This car boasts an original 3442cc 'S' engine shrouded by the stylish Drophead Coupé body therefore making her one of only 104 produced.  We understand that the bonnet and the windscreen were probably changed in the 1980's during the car's restoration which completed in 1990.  This car further possesses an enviable history file including photographs of her restorative work, many receipts totaling well into the thousands from recognised specialists such as Guy Broad and The Jaguar Workshop plus a whole host of XK Gazettes and related articles.  JXG 300 is offered with original toolkit, handbooks, V5C Registration certificate, MoT road test certificate, and subject to insurance, can be driven away from the auction by the successful bidder.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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