Lot 273 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 273 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 273 - 1960 12947 XK150SE Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 273
Registration 10SXK
Chassis Number S836772DN
Engine Number VA1042-8
Odometer reading 10,574 miles
Estimate £38,000 - £44,000

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 a leather trimmed unit.  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 and 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. 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 and the suspension and chassis were very similar to that on the XK140. These were high performance, well appointed sports touring cars and could cope with long distances with alacrity.

This original, righthand drive Jaguar XK150SE 3.8 litre fixedhead coupé is fitted with an overdrive gearbox and wire wheels was subject to a complete restoration in 2002. Purchased by the vendor a couple of years ago with some overheating problems, on inspection it was found there was some internal leaking so the engine was removed from the car and was completely rebuilt fitting new pistons and liners and grinding the crankshaft. The cylinder head was also overhauled which included new valves and valve guilds and converted to run on unleaded fuel, this work carried out by T&L Engineering (Bedford) Ltd. to the highest of standards. Also at that time the car was up-rated with electric power steering, Kenlow fans, electronic ignition, new H/T leads and was converted to negative earth, this work was carried out by M.C. Wilkinson. Finished in Old English White with red leather interior, this Jaguar comes with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in December 2013, a collection of photographs showing the complete restoration, a file containing invoices including the recent engine rebuild and a number of old MoT test certificates. With Jaguar prices rising as demand from the far east increases, this rare righthand drive, 3.8 litre example is excellent value if purchased within the estimated price.

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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