Lot 280 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Drophead Coupé Restoration

Lot 280 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Drophead Coupé Restoration

Lot 280 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Drophead Coupé Restoration

Lot Number 280
Chassis Number S838862DN
Engine Number VA1808-9
Odometer reading 177 km
Estimate £38,000 - £45,000

Although having a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically modernised. 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. 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.

A recent barn find in America, this XK150 SE drophead coupé has been bought back to these shores in need of near total restoration. A previous project has begun the restoration process and therefore a good rust free chassis and body accompany almost every part needed to restore this XK to its former beauty. It is thought that an engine and gearbox rebuild will be necessary but original components are all available for reconditioning. This particular SE is a lefthand drive manual with overdrive variant and has a 3.8 litre engine with red leather interior trim. This is an exciting opportunity to fully restore this beautiful classic to exactly your own specification and for which values are noticeably climbing.

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.

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