Lot 236 - 1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||197 miles|
|Estimate||£29,000 - £35,000|
|Result||Sold - £35,840|
The Jaguar XK150 was manufactured between 1957 and 1961 and despite 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. 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. 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.
Upon acquisition by the vendor, the body of this manual, righthand drive example was found to be in extremely good condition, the only areas requiring some work were both doors and door-step areas. During the restoration, the metal parts of floor and were also removed and replaced. On the inside, the interior appears smart with the original trim, new wooden dashboard with original auxiliary instruments, revolution counter and odometer. The chromework of both original bumpers is excellent. The engine is described by the vendor as original and working perfectly. Both the brakes and dynamo have been upgraded with all works fully documented with the history file. A full professional re-paint took place in 2012 and the resultant XK150 represents a fine example of the marque.