<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8

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Lot 292¤
From the Estate of Geoffrey Howard
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster
Chassis no. S 830358 DN
Engine no. V3797-8

Sold for US$ 39,600 inc. premium
From the Estate of Geoffrey Howard
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster
Chassis no. S 830358 DN
Engine no. V3797-8
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

*Original Canadian supply
*Matching numbers and equipped with overdrive
*Desirable original color scheme
*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. 


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

As verified by Jaguar Daimler Heritage, Geoffrey Howard's post-war Jaguar was a rare original delivery to Canada, being distributed through Jaguar of Eastern Canada in Montreal. From new the car wore the extremely attractive and desirable scheme of black paintwork with a red leather interior and black softtop and, as its chassis number suggests, it was to left hand drive manual configuration with overdrive. Its original date of dispatch was May 23, 1958.

On file is Mr. Howard's official Quebec sales tax receipt dated in 1970, suggesting that this was when he acquired the car some 45 years ago. In addition, a rather charming set of photographs, some of which are illustrated, depict the car in the early days of his ownership.

At some point, the XK150 was retired from the road and in 1995, the car was imported to the U.S. to be domiciled at Mr. Howard's Mill premises in Enosburg Falls, Vermont. It would spend the next two decades there, alongside his other Jaguars.

By its latter days, clearly after extensive and much enjoyed winter use in the unforgiving Quebec climate, the XK was somewhat worse for wear cosmetically. Unperturbed by adding this to his list of projects, its owner began to restore the XK also, taking its interior, dash and top out and starting to attend to the bodywork. With replacement in mind, Mr. Howard acquired a variety of necessary sheet metal components, including a new trunk and sills which go with the car. As far as can be assessed, its engine and running gear appear to have been untouched.

With its simple uncomplicated history, and as one of the more desirable specifications for the model with some of the required parts already purchased, this would seem to represent an ideal and straightforward restoration for its next owner.

Footnotes

  • When collected from Mr. Howard's garage, all evident boxes and parts annotated as being for this car were removed and every effort has been made by Bonhams to ensure that they accompany it. However, ultimately beyond the fact that the XK150 was acquired as a complete car and then dismantled for restoration and remained in his ownership continuously, it is up to prospective purchasers to assess the completeness of the car as offered.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that this vehicle is titled with chassis number 58305587W.
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<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
<b>1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Liter Roadster  </b><br />Chassis no. S 830358 DN <br />Engine no. V3797-8
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