1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN

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Lot 282
1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé
£ 75,000 - 95,000
US$ 98,000 - 120,000

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1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN 1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827581DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. 242 AXH
Chassis no. S827581DN
*One of 662 right-hand drive drophead coupés
*Manual/overdrive transmission
*In the present family ownership since 1976
*Restored in the late 1980s
*Extensive history file

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 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.

    'The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world's fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable... we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money,' declared The Autocar.

    A sought after 'Special Equipment' model fitted with the manual/overdrive gearbox, this XK150 drophead coupé was purchased by the lady vendor's late husband on 13th March 1976 and comes with its original old-style logbook listing previous owners. Its late owner used '242 AXH' to commute from London to Norfolk most weekends during the 1970s and 1980s. During 1986/1987 the car was treated to a 'body-off' restoration by David Wall of Hoveton, Norwich, while in 1988 the interior was re-trimmed and a new hood and hood bag made by Messrs Suffolk and Turley - some confetti from the vendor's wedding was sewn into the upholstery in the process! More recently the XK has benefited from the attentions of marque specialists JD Classics (see £6,783 invoice on file for a major service and miscellaneous works in December 2014).

    Modifications include the cylinder block from a Jaguar Mark 2; 'Stage 1' cylinder head; coil-over front suspension; Spax adjustable rear shock absorbers; and seat belts, including one for a child in the rear. Other noteworthy features include a stainless steel exhaust system; MWS wire wheels; chrome luggage rack; hazard warning lights; electric windscreen washer; battery isolator/immobiliser switch; and a tow-bar.

    A cherished member of the vendor's family, this much loved and well cared-for XK150 comes with an extensive history file containing the 1976 purchase receipt; numerous restoration and service bills; an album of restoration photographs; a quantity of expired MoT certificates; the aforementioned logbook; and various parts catalogues and operating/workshop manuals (some of them original Jaguar publications). The car is MoT'd to December 2016 and has a V5C registration document.
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