Lot 293 - 1959 Jaguar XK150S Drophead Coupé
|Chassis Number||T 827370 DN|
|Engine Number||VS 2007-9|
|Odometer reading||10,800 miles|
|Estimate||£96,000 - £116,000|
|Result||Sold - £120,960|
This original righthand drive Jaguar XK150 is one of the exceptionally rare S variants fitted with the 3.4 engine and the highly practical drophead coupé body style. It is believed just 104 examples of this model were made with the righthand drive examples making up a very small proportion of that number. The Jaguar Heritage Production Record Certificate on file states that this fabulous car was manufactured on May 6th, 1959 and finished in Imperial Maroon, a Biscuit interior trim and a sand coloured folding roof. The Certificate continues to state the car was originally supplied by Henlys of London and was allocated for personal export delivery for sale to a Major J. M. C. Plant who was stationed in Germany. The car was registered with the Coventry number plate of 'UKV 39'; the registration number the car still wears proudly.
Restored in the 1990's in Stuttgart, Germany as detailed by a plaque stating "Restored by CarPoint" it is assumed the car remained there until at least the 1990's either in the care of Major Plant or subsequent keepers. In January 1999, the car was registered with the DVLA as 'WSJ 809' and shortly afterwards, in April 1999, it was registered in Guernsey as '36992' to a friend of the current vendor.
The car remained in Guernsey until November 2009 when it was acquired by the current vendor. He initially tasked a well known Jersey restoration workshop to re-commission the vehicle after a lay-up period and the workshop proceeded to carry out many routine repairs until July 2014. The XK150 was then exported from Jersey by the owner and brought to England where it was registered and reunited with its original 'UKV 39' number plate. Early this year, highly regarded Jaguar XK specialist, Twyford Moors of Hampshire, carried out a thorough service with in-depth work carried out to impeccable standards. The plan was to tour the XK150 in Europe but unfortunately the destiny of this example has yet to be realised.
We are informed the vehicle has performed superbly. The vendor describes this beautiful and rare original righthand drive XK150S as being totally correct; chassis, engine and body numbers all match those stated on the Heritage Certificate and the car is in 'excellent' condition. The comprehensive history file contains numerous invoices for the aforementioned works, Jaguar Heritage Production Certificate, a green Guernsey registration book and export certificates for both Guernsey and Jersey. The odometer displays just over 10,000 miles, the distance the car has covered since its restoration in 1990.
This car offers a rare combination of superlative looks and usable high performance and with the additional benefits of power steering, a CD changer and what appear to be heated seats. It would be right at home either on the German autobahn or in the mountain routes of the Italian Alps. It is time to fulfil this rare and beautiful example's destiny.
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