<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8

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1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster
Chassis no. S830174DN
Engine no. V2655-8

Sold for US$ 115,500 inc. premium
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster
Chassis no. S830174DN
Engine no. V2655-8

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
210bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension – Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Disc Brakes

*Subject of over $84,000 in restoration work
*Numbers matching example equipped with overdrive
*Fabulous, rare and elegant color scheme
*Well documented
*The final evolution of the original XKs


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. 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 grill 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 coupe 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 center-lock wire wheels. The much-admired chromed Jaguar mascot was made available as an optional extra on an XK for the first time. 
In the autumn of 1959 the XK150 became available with the 3.8-liter engine first seen in the Mark IX saloon. 'Standard' (220bhp) or 'S' (265bhp) states of tune were offered (the latter featuring overdrive as standard) and in either form the XK150's increased weight was more than offset by the power of the larger engine, the car regularly recording in excess of 130mph in magazine road tests.

THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

Entering the world on March 26th, 1958, this XK150 Open Two Seater, commonly referred to as the Roadster, was dispatched to Jaguar Cars New York on nearly a month later on April 21st. Finished in Pearl Grey over red leather with a black top, its 3.4-liter motor was mated to a 4-speed manual transmission with overdrive. Seemingly spending the first two decades on the East Coast, in the 1980s it was sold from Connecticut to XK150 specialist Guy Broad in the UK and shipped back to its country of origin. Described at the time as being not being in the best shape but all original, it underwent a cosmetic restorations in the 1990s.

Purchased by a Michigan enthusiast in 2004, the Jag made its way back to the US. Sent to Jaguars Unlimited in Highland Park, Illinois, an extensive restoration of the car was performed. With receipts totaling over $64,000, the restoration focused primarily on cosmetic restoration with the engine only be mildly tuned and the transmission left untouched. Acquired by the penultimate Wisconsin owner in 2006, J.K. Restorations of Oswego, Illinois was enlisted to do a complete drivetrain overhaul with the engine and transmission coming out of the car and some $13,700 worth of parts and labor being spent to ensure reliable operation. At this time the, an additional $6,000 was spent chroming the wheels and correcting some details that the needed attention. Driven sparingly, the present owner purchased the car in the summer of 2013.

Elegantly presented in its original colors and with its original engine block, head, transmission, and chassis, this XK150 stands out beautifully. Replete with a thick stack of receipts documenting its multiple extensive restorations, a photo book showing the work completed, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, original maintenance and original owner's handbook. The final and most refined iteration of the XK, this XK150 Roadster is surely a fine addition to any garage.

Footnotes

  • Please note this car is titled under chassis number S830174.
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<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S830174DN <br />Engine no. V2655-8
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