Lot 271 - 1959 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||50,731 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
|Result||Sold - £58,850|
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 four 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 aluminium 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. The standard engine, the same as fitted to the XK140, was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight six 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"" 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 7.8 seconds and could accomplish long distances with alacrity.
Originally sold to the United States of America, this model was repatriated in 1990 by David Coleman, proprietor of 'Jag Spares International'. He not only had an extensive knowledge of these cars but also access to the very finest backup and so embarked upon a 'no expense spared' restoration of the car. It was built directly to his specification which also included some sympathetic upgrades including a walnut dashboard, an aluminium radiator and an extremely useable modern Jaguar XJS five-speed gearbox, a rare unit in itself. The quality of restoration is exceptionally high and with mileage backed up by MoT test certificates, always reported as a supremely good driving car, this example is certainly worthy of further consideration.
Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Buyers are advised to inspect the car in person or use a professional to carry out this service.