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Lot 446: 1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Drophead 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.This original UK righthand drive car has a number of interesting aspects to it. The Heritage certificate accompanying the car confirms the chassis number from which you can deduct that it is an early car. The 14th righthand drive car built in fact. It also has SE (Special Equipment) specification; this includes wire wheels, a manual with overdrive gearbox and front foglights. Whilst the front foglights have since been taken off, the remainder are still very much in evidence. A comprehensive restoration took place in at some point in the late 80's, early 90's as well as more recent considerable expenditure since 2002. One of the previous owners was, in fact, none other than Gary Moore, an influential guitarist famous for his part in the line-up of ever several notable rock bands, Thin Lizzy, Colosseum II and Skid Row to name but three. The paintwork is excellent as is the mohair hood and UWF 997 will be presented with a full 1 year test certificate. A fine example for the driver or investor in you.

Lot Details
Auction Fine Motor Cars and the Jaguar Legend
Coys, Blenheim Palace, UK
TypeCar
Lot Number446
Estimate£38000-£45000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1958
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Registration numberUWF 997
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Chassis numberS827014DN
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