Lot 240: 1959 Jaguar XK150 SE Drophead Coupe

Fine Motor Cars And The Jaguar Legend, Coys (24 June 2006)

In 1957 Jaguar launched its final version of the successful and glamorous XK range, the XK150. The last of the XK range could be easily identified by its more bulbous appearance and a less pronounced wing line. Modern styling touches included a revised front grille, full width deeper bumpers appeared as well as a deeper one piece windscreen.Mechanical changes included optional disc brakes, which came complete with servo assistance. The brakes had always been criticised on earlier XK models and so the new option was fitted to virtually all XK150 versions. Engine power had now increased to 210bhp on the 3.4 litre "SE" XK150, the standard car had 190bhp. As before, with earlier models, the drophead Coupe version of the XK150 sat at the top of the range and commanded a price of £ 1,969 7s for the SE version. This particular 3.4 Litre XK150 SE has a well documented and interesting history. The car was originally purchased by a Mrs. Gamble of St. Albans in 1960 and was in her possession until the age of 85. The car was still being used by her on a regular basis but was reluctantly sold. Throughout her stewardship the car was regularly maintained with a number of bills. The car was taken off the road in early 1982 for restoration. The body work was carried out by Coupe's of North London, comprising of stripping the body back to bare metal. Mechanical reconditioning was carried out by Abraxas Racing in June 1983, including a brake overhaul, new fuel tank, springs and exhaust. The engine was completely overhauled and all chrome work was re-plated by the London chrome company. The car was sold to a Mr. Cohen in 1990 where it remained in his ownership for six years until it was purchased by the current owner in 1996. The car has covered approximately 52,600 miles which are believed to be genuine considering the ownership history of the car. In 1997 the owner took the car to former keeper Alice Gamble. At 92 she was delighted to see the car and enjoyed a nostalgic ride. During the drive Mrs. Gamble said that the fastest she had driven it was 105 mph on the newly built M1 after a bet from a friend that the car could not do 100 mph! 645 GBH is finished in British Racing Green with a green leather interior and is fitted with a black hood that is in good condition. This particular car is a special equipment model and as such is fitted with wire wheels, a chrome boot rack and wing mirrors as well as a radio. The car is described as being in good condition all round and is supplied with a large history file containing bills and receipts, a V5 document and a current MoT valid until March 2007. This is a fine example of a usable drophead XK150 with a unique and interesting history.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars And The Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace
TypeCar
Lot Number240
Estimate£30000-£35000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price£34111
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1959
Condition rating
Registration number645 GBH
Mileage-
Chassis numberS827257
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