1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Fixed Head Coupé
Chassis no. S834923BW
Engine no. V2326-8
Body no. J 8068
3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
Twin SU Carburetors
190bhp at 5,500rpm
4-speed manual transmission
Front wishbone with torsion bars and rear live-axle with half-elliptical springs suspension
4-wheel hydraulic disc brakes
-Delivered new to the US
-Nicely restored and presented
-Converted to a desirable manual transmission
-Certified by the Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust
-A thoroughly modern vintage sportscar
The Jaguar XK150
A progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 retained its predecessors' basic chassis, engine and transmission but benefited from an entirely new body providing increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece windscreen. The new model's main talking point though, was its Dunlop disc brakes that at last provided stopping power to match the XK's prodigious straight-line speed. Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead 2+2 coupé forms, the open two-seater version not appearing until the following year. Disc brakes apart, the chassis remained much as before, as did the 3.4-liter, XK, six-cylinder engine that produced 190bhp as 'standard' or 210bhp when fitted with the 'B'-type cylinder head. The four-speed Moss gearbox continued; overdrive and automatic transmission were options. "The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world's fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable," concluded The Autocar.
The Motorcar Offered
An American car from new, the offered XK150 was delivered new by Jaguar Cars of New York to one E W Overstreet of Los Angeles. Uniquely distributed directly by the manufacturer, the sleek coupe was originally trimmed in Cotswold Blue with matching Dark Blue hides, an automatic transmission and the full Special Equipment package that included dual fog lights, dual exhaust, a set of five wire wheels, dual exterior fender mirrors, and windshield washersthe latter package it still carries today. Further history on the car was unknown at press time beyond the fact that by 2009 the car had been restored to its current Carmen Red over tan hides color scheme and the old automatic transmission had been replaced with a more desirable correct specification 4-speed manual.
Acquired by the vendor in January 2010, the Jag has been sympathetically maintained and enjoyed. Showing well today, a ride in the car at speed demonstrated its mechanical acumen and smooth running. Complete with a complete tool roll, Jaguar spares catalog, and Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this nicely presented XK150 is the perfect ride in which to tear up back country lanes.