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Lot 439: 1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8S Fixedhead Coupe

Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend, Coys (14 July 2007)

At the 1948 London Motor Show Jaguar had virtually thrown the sports car world into turmoil with its stunning XK120; the combination of style, speed, an outstanding chassis and remarkably low price was unbeatable, and without doubt the XK120 was an absolute milestone for both Jaguar and the motor industry as a whole. At the heart of the William Lyons-styled roadster was Jaguar's all-new 3,442cc, twin overhead camshaft, straight six engine producing 160bhp via twin SU carburettors - sufficient for 120mph and 0-60mph in 12 seconds. Fine roadholding was ensured by the independent torsion bar/wishbone front suspension and semi-elliptic leaf-sprung rear axle, together with all-round drum brakes. Succeeding the XK120 was the XK140 launched at the 1954 London Show. Visually similar but with a reshaped radiator grille with fewer, larger slats and 2+2 seating, thanks to engine and bulkhead being three inches further forward, a change which also realised almost 50/50 weight distribution, it remained mechanically the same but with suspension improved from lessons learnt on the race track. And now with 190bhp on tap, top speed rose to 110mph - or 129mph with optional overdrive and 210bhp special equipment engine - while the 0-60mph sprint dropped to 11 seconds. The final rendition of the XK appeared in May 1957. Easily identifiable by its higher scuttle and door line, and much wider grille, the XK150 retained the mechanical layout of its predecessor; in 210bhp XK150 S form, however, it marked a Jaguar first in having all-round disc brakes, an asset with 0-60mph acceleration of 8.5 seconds and a 125mph maximum. For 1960, the penultimate year of production, the 3,781cc engine was fitted which in S guise produced 265bhp, sufficient for 132mph and 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds.Much has been spent in the way of restoration on 3042HX, which seems to have taken place between 2002 and 2004. Bills indicate many hundreds of pounds spent at Jagbits in Solihull and Coventry Auto Components in Coventry. The electrical system has been replaced with a more convenient 12 volt system, Moss spotlights and badge bar adorn the front and a period luggage rack can be found on the rear boot lid. The gearbox comes with an overdrive unit and the 3.8 litre S-spec engine matches the body. A stainless steel exhaust system can be found underneath along with new (2005) brake pads, discs and callipers all round. The previous but one owner had the car for some 32 years and knew it intimately, expounding, as he did, its driveability. Complete with a brand new MoT and history file, this well appointed long distance tourer looks great and drives well.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number439
Estimate£20000-£24000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1960
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Registration number3042 HX
Mileage-
Chassis numberS825150DN
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