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The Audrain Concours Auction / 1957 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe Chassis no. S837126DN Engine no. V2048-8

Lot 118
1957 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe
30 September 2022, 16:00 EDT
Newport, Rhode Island, International Tennis Hall of Fame

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US$50,000 - US$60,000

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1957 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe
Chassis no. S837126DN
Engine no. V2048-8

3,442cc DOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
190bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes

*Eligible for many tours and events
*Matching numbers example per the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
*Fully evolved XK with factory 4-wheel disc brakes
*Classic Jaguar Drophead Coupe styling and strong XK power



THE JAGUAR XK150

What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar's fabulous 'XK' series of sports cars arrived in 1957. As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-liter engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140's divided screen. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model's main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes. Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and Drophead Coupe forms, the open Roadster version not appearing until the following year.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This fine XK150 rolled off the Browns Lane Jaguar plant on November 11, 1957, equipped as a left-hand drive Drophead Coupe example, fitted with a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive and destined for the booming North American Jaguar market. Finished in Cream over Red leather with a Black canvas top, it was dispatched to the US on December 12, 1957 to be distributed through Jaguar Car of New York. The early history of this Drophead is not recorded, but it was subject to a high quality restoration sometime ago. A folder of service records speaks to the care of ownership, although the car has been mothballed of late and has not been started recently. Given this state, some gentle recommissioning is recommended prior to active use.

A numbers matching example now showing in white with a beige top—but still the same red interior, it presents nicely in the metal. Offered with its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate and service records, this luxurious, top-of-the-line model of all the XK body styles features the fully evolved XK chassis with factory 4-wheel disc brakes. Once sorted, this Jaguar would be a lovely cruiser on weekend drives or long tours.

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Titled as a model year 1958.

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