1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN

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Lot 11
1958 Jaguar XK150

Sold for £ 169,500 (US$ 213,388) inc. premium
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé
Registration no. JSN 149
Chassis no. S827230DN
*One of 662 XK150 drophead coupés
*One owner from 1962 to 2014
*In storage for 45 years
*Professionally restored 2014-2016

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. 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.

    One of only 662 drophead coupés made, this overdrive-equipped example of one of the most sought-after of XK150 variants was supplied new via Ritchies of Glasgow and purchased by one John E Milner on 19th November 1958. The accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirms matching chassis, engine, and registration numbers, and records the original colour scheme as Pearl Grey with Light Blue interior trim and French Blue hood. 'JSN 149' was driven by Mr Milner until the end of 1969 (the tax disc expiring on 31st December '69 is on file) and was then left in his garage until its discovery in 2014. As an unmolested and original one-owner car – off the road for 45 years – 'JSN 149' was surely every Jaguar restorer's dream.

    The XK was then purchased by the current vendor, whose high-end restoration business, carried out a full 'last nut and bolt' rebuild to original specification over the following two years, which was only completed in October 2016. Splendid in every department, and worthy of the closest inspection, the result is one of the finest XK150 restorations Bonhams has ever seen.

    Accompanying documentation consists of the aforementioned Jaguar Heritage Certificate, an old-style continuation logbook (issued 1964), current MoT certificate, and a UK V5C Registration Certificate. The car also comes with a full tool kit plus its original jack, grease gun, and tyre inflator, while the prudent provision of an electric cooling fan is the only notified deviation from factory specification. A truly outstanding example.

Saleroom notices

  • Please be advised that the brakes are binding on - we suspect a fault with the brake master cylinder, the vendor will undertake the repairs immediately post sale.
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1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. S827230DN
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