This right-hand drive Jaguar XK150 to the desirable 'SE' (Special Equipment) specification was completed on 2nd April 1958 and supplied through Jaguar's Birmingham distributors P J Evans to Mr Robert E Ansell of Stratford-on-Avon. The car retains its original Warwickshire registration 'YAC 640'.
Finished in Jaguar Carmen Red with biscuit leather interior, this is a very good-looking XK150 drophead which, being an early example, is fitted with the attractive aluminium centre dashboard panel. We are advised that it is a remarkably original example, which has very straight bodywork and is solid underneath. It has had sympathetic restoration over the years so the paint and chromium plating are very good. The interior was refurbished and re-trimmed some years ago and is in excellent condition without looking too new.
'YAC 640' retains its original engine, which is reported to be very lively and show good oil pressure. The car was treated to major mechanical upgrades in May 2007 including a Getrag five-speed gearbox, power steering, alternator conversion, complete stainless exhaust system and a Kenlowe electric cooling fan. Additionally, a period-correct HMV radio (converted to FM reception by Vintage Wireless) was installed together with a CD player.
The previous owner used the car for continental tours so this is a well sorted XK: the five-speed gearbox and power steering transform it both in modern-day traffic and for long distance cruising. It is said to be a pleasure to drive as the steering is light and precise and the car wafts along in 5th gear on the open road. Combining the wonderful looks of the XK with greatly improved practicality, this sensibly upgraded example is offered with a history file including some invoices and photographs, JDHT certificate, current road fund licence, MoT to December 2013 and Swansea V5C document.