Lot 174 - 1959 Jaguar XK150S Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||194 miles|
|Estimate||£168,000 - £182,000|
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 also 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 litre E-Type. 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. The four-wheel Dunlop 12" disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically still possible to order a car with drums. Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified. These were high performance, well appointed sports touring cars capable of 137mph and 0-60 in 7.8 seconds and could comfortably accomplish long distances with alacrity.
This outstanding example was purchased by the vendor when he lived in Arizona and returned with him when he came back to the UK. The condition of this drophead coupé is exceptional with unblemished black paintwork, a delightful contrasting red interior and flawless chromework. A first class ‘nut and bolt’ restoration has been carried out on this Jaguar which is surely one of the best examples available anywhere in the world today. The engine bay of this XK150S is unmarked with polished aluminium glistening as soon as the bonnet is lifted. Starting the 3.4 litre engine is effortless and the six cylinder engine runs exceedingly well, we are advised this outstanding Jaguar drives as well as she looks. Cars of this calibre rarely come to market, viewing is strongly recommended to appreciate the quality of this beautiful Jaguar.
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