Lot 220 - 1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixedhead Coupé
|Engine Number||V 32228|
|Odometer reading||8,033 miles|
|Result||Sold - £56,000|
The Jaguar XK150 FHC presented today has been somewhat radically changed from the original - in specification rather than looks. The vendor, harking back to his student days at Oxford, dreamed of owning a Jaguar XK150 FHC. However, he did not want a car with the typical XK traits but a car that would perform, handle and deliver its occupants in comfort and style and be more than capable of dealing with modern road conditions. He decided to restore an old car from the ground up and add every modern improvement necessary to achieve his goal. In 2002 a suitable car was found buried under a collapsed garage where it had sat since the 1970's and understandably it was in a sorry state. A body off restoration began and a new powder coated chassis replaced the rotten original. All of the panel work was replaced and repaired where necessary. An early decision was made to lose the front wing side lights from the top of the wings as this was an area that encouraged corrosion. A spare wheel was cleverly fitted and is accessible from outside under the boot floor. On completion the coachwork was refinished in the original Jaguar colour of Cornish Slate grey.
Mechanically, the original 3.4 litre engine was replaced with a rebuilt series three XJ6 4.2 unit and fuelled by throttle bodied fuel injection with PECO fuel injectors. Submersible fuel pumps deliver the fuel, whilst power is fed through a Jaguar five speed gearbox with S-type selector and finally through a 3:31 Power Lock differential at the rear. An engine management system controls fuel, ignition and cooling fans. Gaz coil over shock absorbers and springs are fitted and contact with the road via a set of wire wheels that are shod with 215/65/16 Pirelli P6000 tyres. Stopping is provided by a twin circuit hydraulic system with adjustable bias front and rear. Four pot callipers with vented and cross drilled discs are at the front and series three XJ6 callipers at the rear. To accommodate the taller driver, a collapsible and adjustable steering column has been introduced and finished with a wood rimmed Mota-Lita steering wheel.
A bespoke wiring harness incorporates a twelve volt negative earth system with electric rev counter and odometer that was zeroed at completion of the build. The front headlamps are modified original J type units now with halogen bulbs and side lights. An electric power steering system eases driving as does the two speed wiper motor system for clear vision in all conditions; air conditioning has also been added for the comfort of the occupants
The interior has been trimmed using the finest quality materials. The seats are early XJS trimmed in red leather and incorporate headrests for safety. A digital radio and electric aerial provide the entertainment. Two lockable compartments can be found behind the seats and the back panel folds down revealing the boot compartment so that golf clubs may be carried. For additional convenience and security, the XK is secured by remote central locking and has the additional benefit of a Tracker.
A test drive revealed a surprisingly easy, relaxed and comfortable experience with the car staying in a straight line without having to make constant inputs to the steering. All gauges recorded temperatures and pressures as they should be.
Not only does this incredible UK registered XK150 come with current historic road fund licence and MoT test certificate enabling the car to be experienced straight away, but also represents outstanding value when considering the build cost of in excess of £135,000 verified by the extensive history file.
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