Lot 150 - 1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Roadster
|Estimate||£65,000 - £80,000|
- Matching numbers
- Full restoration just carried out
- Comes with Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
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. 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. Thinner doors gave more interior space. 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. Twin 1 ¾ inch SU HD6 carburettors were fitted. Four-wheel Dunlop 12” disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified. Suspension and chassis were very similar to that on the XK140. These were high performance, well-appointed sports touring cars and could cope with long distances with alacrity.
This superb example of the highly desirable SE derivative of this British classic is finished in iconic British Racing Green with green leather interior. The present owner has recently spent between £50,000 and £70,000 on its restoration which includes new leather interior, new hood and carpets to name a few of the extensive list of items which have been restored on this fabulous sports car. Its refreshed 3.4 litre engine is mated to a five-speed Getrag gearbox and performs strongly as expected and indeed as it should. This Jaguar wants for nothing and looks resplendent in its new paint colour. The history file contains photos of its restoration and includes the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate which confirms that it is a matching numbers car sold by Jaguar Cars, New York in September 1958. A stunning SE Roadster which has just completed a meticulous restoration and really does have to be seen to be appreciated.
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