Lot 182 - 1960 Jaguar XK150SE Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||177 miles|
|Estimate||£90,000 - £110,000|
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.
Once a barn-find in America, this XK150SE 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 was available as well as almost every part needed to restore this XK to its former beauty. This particular SE is a lefthand drive, manual with overdrive variant and has a 3.8 litre engine with red leather interior trim. An extensive and pain-staking restoration thus took place with the engine and gearbox completely overhauled. A bare-metal re-spray was also completed with new chrome wire-wheels fitted and a new leather interior in the original factory colour scheme. This XK150 has the desirable manual with overdrive gearbox mated to a 3.8 litre engine and stainless steel exhaust and drives extremely well indeed. The car is supplied with full UK registration (280 UYP) as well as a full MoT test certificate valid until next year.
The elegance and desirability of these beautifully-penned XK's cannot be underestimated and early viewing is advised.
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