1959 Jaguar  XK 150S Roadster  Engine no. VS17159
Lot 341
1958 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-liter Roadster Chassis no. T831867DN Engine no. VS1715-9
Sold for US$ 133,700 inc. premium
Lot Details
1958 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-liter Roadster
Chassis no. T831867DN
Engine no. VS1715-9
Body no. F16890

• 3,442cc in-line six-cylinder
• Four-speed manual transmission plus overdrive

• Two year restoration completed in 2007
• Factory tool kit
• Fitted leather luggage

The XK 150 is the ultimate expression of Jaguar's XK series. Introduced in 1957, it continued until superseded by the E-type in 1961 with some 9,382 examples being built of which only 2,172 were left hand drive "open two seater" models.

Increasingly "civilized" with creature comforts, the cat's claws were still evident in the increasingly powerful dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder Jag engine. The roadster version is the rarest XK 150 model, now with rollup windows and thorough weather protection to make it the ideal vehicle for a day's enjoyment or a long trip through variable weather but still retaining the traditional roadster's window sill dip and top that was fully enclosed when retracted for an especially attractive profile.

Revisions to the bodywork retained the traditional XK look but made a number of changes, primarily to add interior room for the driver and passenger. The revised fender line made room for a wider cowl and windshield and fed into thinner doors that much improved comfort. Jaguar adopted the disc brakes which had so dramatically demonstrated their effectiveness in the C-types at Le Mans, improving not only braking performance but also the XK 150's marketing.

It is an appealing, comfortable, high performance car that retained the XK's predictable live rear axle handling in Sir William Lyons' classic "leaping cat" coachwork.

Finished in the suitably sporting color combination of red with black upholstery, this XK150 is the desirable 'S' model as denoted by the chassis and engine numbers. Completed in December 1958 and delivered the following year. The 'S' featured triple SU HD8 carburetors, a revised Weslake-developed cylinder head and high compression pistons, raising power from 190 to 250bhp. Only 888 XK150S Roadsters were made to this specification, making them highly sought after today. Having undergone a two-year restoration, the Jaguar was completed in 2007 and joined the Oldenburg Collection soon thereafter. Complete with a factory tool kit and desirable fitted leather luggage, this is a superb example of Jaguar's ultimate expression of the XK sports car.

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