1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8

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Lot 416
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé
Registration no. 755 XUY Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8

Sold for £ 35,416 (US$ 44,379) inc. premium
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé
Registration no. 755 XUY
Chassis no. S835830DN
Engine no. V5609-8

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. 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.

    This left-hand drive fixed-head coupé was despatched new to Jaguar of Eastern Canada in Montreal and first owned by a Mr R J Wilson of Hamilton, Ontario. The current vendor acquired the XK at a UK auction in 2011, since when it has seldom been used. Restored, albeit at date unknown, '755 XUY' is described by the private vendor as in generally good condition, the engine running well and registering good oil pressure. A service has been carried out and a new battery fitted, and the car also benefits from a radiator rebuilt in November 2014 by Silver Lady Services of Brentwood (bill on file). Additional documentation consists of a V5C registration document and an MoT certificate valid until May 2016.
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1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Coupé  Chassis no. S835830DN Engine no. V5609-8
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