1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8

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Lot 354
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. YCD 354 Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8

£ 60,000 - 80,000
US$ 75,000 - 100,000
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1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. YCD 354
Chassis no. T827463DN
Engine no. ZB4735-8

Footnotes

  • 'The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world's fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable. As with most cars, there are a few body details which could be improved, but we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money,' - Autocar.

    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 engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140, so performance was little changed. 'Special Equipment' and 'S' versions came with 210 and 250bhp respectively, the latter delivering an astonishing 0-60mph time of 7.3 seconds and a top speed of 136mph. This was achieved by the introduction of the Weslake-developed, 'straight-port' cylinder head, high-compression pistons, triple 2" SU carburettors and twin electric fuel pumps. 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. Steel wheels remained the standard fitting, though XK150s so equipped are a great rarity, as most were sold in SE (Special Equipment) specification with centre-lock wire wheels. The much-admired chromed Jaguar mascot was made available as an optional extra on an XK for the first time.

    Original, right-hand drive, 150S drophead coupés are among the rarest of all XK variants, this car being one of only 662 produced. Its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate states that chassis number 'T827463DN' was completed as an XK150S, with that model's 3.4-litre engine and the overdrive gearbox, in September 1959. It is not known when the current engine – a 3.8-litre unit from a 1964 Jaguar MkX saloon – was installed. Originally finished in cream with black interior and matching hood, the car was despatched via distributors Henlys to the dealership Moores of Brighton.

    The current vendor purchased 'YCD 354' in 1987, since when it has been used regularly. Very well maintained, the 'XK' has always been looked after by the owner's mechanic, James Hammond, and in the 1990s was treated to a bare-metal re-spray (photographs on file). The car has been used on all the Kop hill climb events of the last four years, is 'on the button' and driving beautifully. Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned JHT certificate, its original old-style logbook, sundry restoration invoices, current MoT/tax and Swansea V5C.

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1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. T827463DN Engine no. ZB4735-8
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