Lot 170 - 1957 Jaguar XK150 Fixedhead Coupé
|Odometer reading||79,870 miles|
|Estimate||£60,000 - £70,000|
|Result||Sold - £68,320|
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 like the early 3.8 litre, E-Type, whilst thinner doors gave more interior space. The four-wheel Dunlop 12" disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums and either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified. Suspension and chassis were very like those on the XK140.
Jaguar Drivers' Club records confirm that chassis number S824030DN is an early XK150 manufactured in September 1957 and first registered in Nottingham with the number 867 ATO. It was subsequently registered with the British Forces in Germany and known to the JDC XK Register in 1979, at which time the engine was changed and the number was recorded as 7627-8. The colour was recorded as red and condition as partly restored. This car next surfaces in Jersey in 1990 with the registration number J27 500, passing through three ownerships there before returning to the UK in 2012. This XK150 drophead coupé has now been the subject to a ground-up restoration which was completed in June 2015 and has had very little use since. Finished in dark blue with tan leather interior, this example is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in February 2018 and a photographic record of the restoration. Mystery currently surrounds the significance of the black boot badge, perhaps features of some early XK150 models. Chassis numbers for the 3.4 litre righthand drive, fixedhead coupé commenced at 824001 which would indicate that this XK150 was the thirtieth built. Righthand drive XK Jaguars from this period are very sought after and collectable and represent a usable classic giving the best of both worlds, a good investment and an enjoyable driving car.
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