1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN

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1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Registration no. OTS 999 Chassis no. T820063DN

Sold for £ 188,333 (US$ 258,827) inc. premium
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Registration no. OTS 999
Chassis no. T820063DN
*One of only 24 RHD 3.8-litre 'S' roadsters
*The ultimate expression of the XK family
*Matching numbers and colours
*Continuously maintained rather than restored
*Outstandingly original
*Operating, Maintenance, and Service Book signed by Sir William Lyons

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. 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 XK150 'S'. 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.

    In the autumn of 1959 the XK150 became available with the 3.8-litre 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 speeds in excess of 130mph in magazine road tests.

    Representing the XK150 in its ultimate configuration, with the 265bhp engine and overdrive gearbox, chassis number 'T820063DN' is one of only 24 right-hand drive 'S' roadsters built, making it one of the rarest of all XK variants. Finished in Old English White with red leather interior, the Jaguar was registered as 'OTS 999' and delivered by Henlys Ltd of West Hounslow to the first owner, one R A Hellmuth, on 7th March 1960.

    In 1965 the XK was sold to its second owner, a Mr Chandler of Hertford, who in 1972 commissioned the Caxton Engineering Company to carry out extensive refurbishment. That same year he sold the car to a Mr Ballisat, who in turn sold it on to a Mr Woodley of Cardiff in August 1973. A keen enthusiast, Mr Woodley would own 'OTS 999' for some 26 years, keeping detailed records of maintenance, journeys and mileage (see history file). In September 1976, 'OTS 999' won the XK150 Champion Concours Cup at the Sudeley Castle XK Day, and went on to win numerous other awards including a 1st at the JDC Concours d'Élégance at Paighton, Devon.

    In February 1999, Mr Woodley sold his cherished XK150 to a Mr Hughes of Hampshire. Mr Hughes then sent the car to Cambridge Motorsport in March for extensive refurbishment. Works undertaken included an unleaded conversion, reconditioning the steering rack and prop-shaft, and rebuilding the front suspension. Parts renewed/replaced included the starter motor, alternator, rear brake callipers and pads, Aeroquip brake lines, radiator, and exhaust system.

    In April 2000, 'OTS 999' returned to Cambridge Motorsport where the engine and gearbox were overhauled in preparation for the XK's participation in that year's Australian Classic Adelaide Rally, which it completed successfully. Two years later, Mr Hughes instructed Cambridge Motorsport to sell the Jaguar, which was purchased by a Mr Pressland in August 2002.

    Marque specialists Guy Broad were then commissioned to rebuild the cylinder head and replace the brake master cylinder and the front and rear brake pads. In December 2006, 'OTS 999' was acquired by the immediately preceding owner, who installed tracking and battery charging systems, while in July 2010 the engine was rebuilt by Guy Broad. Purchased by the current vendor, a prominent UK-based private collector, at a UK auction in 2011, the car benefits from recent full and extensive mechanical servicing at renowned marque specialists, CKL Developments. These works included full engine service; full rebuild of carburettors; replacement of fuel lines; coolant service; engine mount replacement; gearbox and differential checked and oil changed; and a full set of new tyres. In addition, the hood was correctly heated and stretched to its original shape and fit.

    'OTS 999' comes with a substantial history file containing a JDHT certificate; assorted correspondence between former owners and Jaguar specialists; a quantity of expired MoT certificates and tax discs; and an original XK150 Operating, Maintenance and Service Book signed by Jaguar founder Sir William Lyons.

    Maintained throughout its life with no expense spared, 'OTS 999' is ready to be enjoyed by the next owner, having had £10,000 spent. An exciting opportunity to own a concours-winning example of this ultimate version of the legendary XK family.
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1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
1959 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820063DN
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