Lot 284 - 1959 Jaguar XK150S Roadster
|Odometer reading||88,000 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £85,000|
|Result||Sold - £78,400|
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 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 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 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.
Presented in silver with a contrasting black leather interior and hood, this stunning example of the most desirable version of Jaguar XK150 range was originally sold to the United States of America before being repatriated back from California to the UK. The first owner was none other than Nick Faure, former Le Mans driver and famous for his fine taste in motorcars. Latterly, it was acquired the grandson of a Maharaja and formed part of his extensive collection. It has recently been the subject of a full ground-up body restoration to concours condition and benefits from new chrome wire wheels all round. The interior is the original leather trim with the dash replaced, by the factory when new, from leather to a burr Walnut unit. The driving experience takes place through a manual gearbox with the overdrive switch positioned on the transmission tunnel, the sign of an early car and highly desirable. With just 88,000 verifiable miles recorded from new and a full history file available, this rare XK represents not only blue chip investment potential but a superlative motoring experience.
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