Lot 262 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||27,802 miles|
|Estimate||£56,000 - £62,000|
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 aluminium centre dash panel with an 'X' pattern engraving was fitted which looked similar to the early 3.8 litre 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. Twin 1.75-inch SU HD6 carburettors were 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 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 excellent lefthand drive Jaguar XK150 has been recently imported from a collection in Austria where it had received a complete restoration within the last ten years. It is believed to have been originally supplied in 1959 in Germany and is fitted with the 3.4 litre engine and overdrive gearbox. The black paintwork is in excellent condition as is the original beige leather interior and it drives superbly. UK registered; this XK150 is supplied with a V5C registration document, a heritage certificate and some European documents. These XK150's are very usable and often overlooked, their time is approaching and it will be the prudent investor that has one or two of these tucked away.