1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate  Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8

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Lot 217
1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate
Registration no. 558 NOT (see text) Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8

£ 30,000 - 35,000
US$ 39,000 - 45,000
1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate
Registration no. 558 NOT (see text)
Chassis no. S825106DN
Engine no. V7435-8

Footnotes

  • 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-litre 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. Cleverly, the new body used many XK120/140 pressings, the increased width being achieved by means of a 4"-wide central fillet. 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. Fade following repeated stops from high speed had been a problem of the earlier, drum-braked cars, but now the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed.
    Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead coupé forms, the open roadster version not appearing until the following year. At 190bhp, the standard 3.4-litre engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140, so performance was little changed. Overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were the transmission options, the latter becoming an increasingly popular choice, while a Thornton Powr-Lok limited-slip differential was available for the XK150S.
    The concept of the 'sports estate' is not new; there had been several such bespoke creations on quality chassis before WW2, while in the post-war era Harold Radford's dozen-or-so shooting brake conversions of the Aston Martin DB5 are among the most familiar. The creator of the Foxbat though, remains unknown. One of only two made, and believed the sole survivor, the example offered here resided in France for many years before coming to the UK in 2008, since when it has been carefully stored. It is believed that the car, which incorporates Morris Minor Traveller panelling, was created to serve as a motor sports support vehicle. Previously the property of a French collector, the XK comes with expired MoT certificates prior to 2000 showing the UK registration '558 NOT', and is currently French registered. This unique XK derivative would make a fine addition to any Jaguar collection.
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1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate  Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8
1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate  Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8
1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate  Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8
1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre 'Foxbat' Sports Estate  Chassis no. S825106DN Engine no. V7435-8
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