Lot 228 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||51,797 miles|
|Estimate||£78,000 - £88,000|
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.
This lovely, original, matching numbers, left hand drive 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé with overdrive was imported from the USA in 2015. Since arriving in the UK, the car has been fitted with a new sports exhaust system, new rear road springs, the front and rear shock absorbers replaced, new fuel tank and new fuel pump. The brakes have been overhauled and uprated with new ‘four pot’ front calipers and new calipers to the rear. This original XK150 Drophead is finished in black with black roof and a red leather interior. It is supplied with a V5C registration document and other documents from when the car was imported. This Jaguar XK150 represents a true driver's car and it is now ready for its next owner and further use, such as the great range of national or international rallies currently on offer; something it has been perfectly designed for.
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