Lot 200 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé

Lot 200 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé

Lot 200 - 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé

Lot Number 200
Registration TCA 740
Chassis Number S824764DN
Odometer reading 21,934 miles
Estimate £95,000 - £110,000
Result Sold - £87,360
  • A stunning example
  • Many upgrades and improvements

Despite 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. 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 comfort and in great style.

This superb Jaguar was manufactured in 1959 as a genuine UK registered right hand drive example. However it was built as a coupé and was professionally converted to a drophead coupé to exacting standards some years later. Mechanically, the car has also been sensibly modified; the engine upgraded to ‘S’ specification which is fuelled by a trio of two-inch SU carburettors. She also benefits from a high torque starter motor, twin fuel pumps, an alternator, high volume radiator and a stainless steel exhaust system. The gearbox is a five-speed Getrag unit and this is linked to an S-Type rear axle with a limited slip differential. To be expected, the brakes have been upgraded to four-pot Coopercraft front calipers and the suspension has adjustable Spax shock absorbers all round. Sitting proudly on 15” chrome wire wheels, perhaps the most significant upgrade is power steering making this XK150 a delight to drive. Finished in British Racing Green with magnolia interior and a tan hood, this delightful example is a joy to drive and will easily keep up with modern day traffic.

Interested parties should note that this car has had a new engine which has only covered approximately 10 miles since being fitted.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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