Lot 199 - 1958 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||14,511 miles|
|Estimate||£75,000 - £90,000|
- A genuine right hand drive UK supplied example
- Good history folder
- Manual transmission
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 beautiful Jaguar was originally despatched to Henlys London and has spent much of its life in Jersey. The red coachwork is in very good order as is the beige leather trim, she sits proudly on chrome wire wheels. Turn the ignition on, press the button and the XK engine bursts into life and sounds superb, we are advised she drives every bit as good as she looks. Southern Classics carried out a significant level of restoration work during 2000 with the body being fully restored and the car being taken care of mechanically, the final invoice was £51,994.93. At some stage during its life this XK150 has been converted from automatic to manual gearbox. A genuine UK supplied right hand drive vehicle, this car is currently being de-registered in Jersey and will come to sale with an official export certificate enabling the car to be registered in the UK, although buyers must be aware that a 6% import duty must be paid on the sale price. However, with prices for such examples regularly achieving well over £100,000, the vendor has taken this into account given the estimate. Historics are able to assist in the registration of the car if required. Supplied with a good history folder, viewing is highly recommended to appreciate the quality of this 63 year old British classic, it is a beauty.
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