Lot 137: 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe
The bleak years after 1945 were, not surprisingly, an era when great sports cars were somewhat thin on the ground; a shining exception was the mighty Jaguar XK series, yet another product of the flawless stylists eye (to say nothing of the astute business brain) of Sir William Lyons. Unarguably one of the most elegant sports cars of all time, the XK120 used the superb twin-cam six cylinder engine to provide- 120mph performance and acceleration to suit the most demanding tastes. The series evolved further with the XK140 and ended finally with the most refined of all the models, the XK150. Under 10,000 of these cars were manufactured between 1957 and 1961 and the XK150 was the first to carry Dunlop disc brakes as standard following their lengthy development on Jaguar sports-racing cars.We are pleased to present this delightfully rare and unrestored right hand drive UK car complete with heritage certificate, original tool kit and green log book (discontinued in 1978 and showing only 2 previous owners). The history file has a complete set of MoT's dating back to 1972 and the 85,000 mileage appears to be genuine. The car has been maintained and serviced by p&k Thornton, a reputable Jaguar specialist, regardless of expense and kept in the best possible mechanical condition. it has always been garaged with miles driven during the summer months only. the engine is described as quiet and responsive with excellent oil pressure and virtually zero oil consumption between services. the modern clutch, overdrive and moss box are well set up running gear make this a real drivers' car. during a perfect tour to monte carlo, 847 kpj proved it to be a relaxing and stress-free grand tourer. within the last two years, mechanical work has been undertaken by p&k thornton in nottingham with photo records to back up. the engine has been removed from the car and rebuilt with new pistons and an unleaded conversion and new clutch assembly. a complete rewire with all faulty electrical components replaced, the chassis refurbished and waxoiled, the front suspension and steering overhauled and brakes overhauled with new master cylinders. guy broad fitted a panard strut and the bumpers have recently been rechromed, the interior blue leather has been retrimmed by Suffolk and Turley with 5 avon turbospeed radials fitted along with a stainless steel exhaust. this thoroughly sorted and extremely well presented example of this most classic of marques has recently undergone a full service and is ready to go.
Coys, The Gallery Hall, Business Design Centre, London
|Hammer Price (inc premium)||£13455|
|Registration number||847 KPJ|
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