Property of a Deceased Estate 1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Roadster Registration no. XK 1505 Chassis no. T820056DN Engine no. VAS 10119
A progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 retained the same basic chassis, 3.4-litre engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors but benefited from an entirely new body providing increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new models main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes; at last the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed. In the autumn of 1959 the XK150 became available with the 3.8-litre engine first seen in the Mark IX saloon. Standard (220bhp) or S (265bhp) states of tune were offered (the latter featuring overdrive as standard) and in either form the XK150s increased weight was more than offset by the power of the larger engine, the car regularly recording in excess of 130mph in magazine road tests. The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the worlds fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable. As with most cars, there are a few body details which could be improved, but we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money, concluded Autocar. This right-hand drive example of the ultimate and most sought-after XK150 variant was restored in the early 1990s and comes with various Jaguar Drivers Club concours awards endorsing the quality of the work. Its now deceased owner, a committed Jaguar enthusiast, lavished attention on the car his only classic using it sparingly on high days and for tours only. Finished in classic British Racing Green with matching leather interior, the vehicle remains cosmetically superb. Its mechanical condition was not known at time of cataloguing, but given the quality of its restoration the vehicle should only require only relatively gentle re-commissioning before further use. Offered with Swansea V5.