1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8

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Lot 355
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. MFO 137 Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8

Sold for £ 64,220 (US$ 78,795) inc. premium
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. MFO 137
Chassis no. S827464DN
Engine no. 7B57024-8

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. For 1960 the XK150 became available with the 3.8-litre, 220bhp XK engine first seen in the Jaguar Mark IX saloon. In this form the XK150's increased weight was more than offset by the power of the larger engine, the '3.8' regularly recording in excess of 130mph in magazine road tests.

    Its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Production Record Trace Certificate states that this XK150 was manufactured in October 1959 as a 3.4-litre right-hand drive drophead coupé complete with manual gearbox and overdrive, and left the factory finished in Pearl Grey with red interior. Registered '7 AGO', the car was dispatched by Messrs Ritchies on 30th October 1959. When purchased by the vendor in August 1995 from Woodmanton Classics, it had been repainted red and was registered 'CFD 738B'. The recorded mileage at that time was 56,939. In September 1995 the car was reregistered 'MFO 137'.

    We are advised that restoration has been ongoing since acquisition, with any work required being done each winter. The vendor had the engine rebuilt in 1998 and as the block was cracked, it was replaced with the 3.8-litre block '7B57024-8' (see invoice on file). In 2007 this engine was rebuilt again by VSE in Wales (as per invoice dated 26.3.2007) and the current odometer reading of circa 56,000 miles reflects the distance covered since then.

    The interior was re-trimmed throughout some years ago, the original bench being replaced with bucket seats similar in style to D-Type racing seats but with hinged backs to facilitate access to the rear. Bodywork refurbishment has included rebuilding the spare wheel well, rear wings, front wings (most of), door sills and hinges, 'A' and 'B' posts, battery boxes, door skins and sundry small internal panels. The car has been upgraded with electric/hydraulic power steering, 12-volt alternator electrics, electronic ignition, Coopercraft front brakes, high torque starter motor, Kenlowe electric cooling fan and a stainless steel exhaust system. Other noteworthy features include a walnut dashboard, 16" Moto-Lita wood-rim steering wheel, plumbed-in fire extinguisher (in near-side battery box); a further extinguisher inside the car; and a lead-adding fuel catalyst. In April 2014 the hood lining was replaced together with some of the wooden ribs. The car has barely been used since then.

    Finished in red with red-piped black leather interior, 'MFO 137' is described as in generally good/excellent condition and offered with current road fund licence, V5C registration document and receipts accumulated during the vendor's 19 years of ownership totalling almost £130,000. It should be noted that the V5C states that the car has been 'rebuilt – assembled from parts some or all of which were not new'.
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1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
1959 Jaguar XK150SE 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827464DN Engine no. 7B57024-8
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