Lot 248 - 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE Drophead Coupé (3.8 Litre)
|Odometer reading||20,184 miles|
|Estimate||£27,000 - £32,000|
|Result||Sold - £33,600|
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. 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. Twin 1¾ -inch SU HD6 carburettors were also fitted. 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 steel wheels could be specified. 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.
Despatched from Jaguar car on 8th September 1960 and shipped to New York, this lefthand drive XK150 has recently returned to the UK from California. Chassis number S838929 is a genuine 3.8 litre example and is within the last 100 to be manufactured and as such defines this as being a rare and desirable. Having been stood for many years, this Jaguar is in need of total restoration. The engine we are advised turns freely, although has not run for a very long time. Restoration projects come in all shapes, sizes and marques, this one is well worth completing due to the prestige of owning one of the very last Jaguar XK150's ever to leave Browns Lane.
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