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Lot 26: Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe

Collectors' Cars, H&H Sales Limited (26 November 2008)

Last flowering of the separate chassis XK sportscar line, the XK150 was introduced in 1957. A more sophisticated design than its forebears, it offered four-wheel disc brakes and a choice of 3.4litre or 3.8litre DOHC straight-six engines. Priced above the Fixed Head Coupe and Roadster, the Drophead Coupe variant boasted occasional rear seats and a fully-lined hood. A comparative rarity, approximately 549 home market Drophead Coupes are thought to have been sold between 1957 and 1961. According to the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, this particular example was manufactured on 14th November 1958 and supplied new via Henlys of London. A 'Special Equipment' model, the Drophead Coupe had acquired a replacement Jaguar 3.4 litre engine and only recently been repatriated from France when it entered the current ownership during late 1989. Finished in white with blue leather upholstery, 'USU 577' is described by the vendor as being in "very good" condition with regard to its engine, four-speed manual gearbox, electrical equipment and interior trim. Despite treating the drophead coupe to a respray in 1999, he considers that its coachwork and paintwork are now "in need of some attention". Thought to have never been fully restored but rather maintained and repaired throughout its life, the car is understood to have covered about 9,000 miles since being given a thorough engine overhaul during 1998. As well as a conversion to unleaded, the work apparently included reboring, new pistons / valves and replacement timing chains etc. Benefiting from a Moto-Lita wood-rim steering wheel, blue mohair hood / hood bag, refurbished clock / rev-counter and stainless steel exhaust, the XK150 has reportedly been "little used over the last five years". Starting readily upon inspection, it is hoped but not guaranteed that the Jaguar will possess a current MOT certificate by the time of sale. While other paperwork on file comprises a French Certificat D'Immatriculation, assorted Guy Broad / XK Engineering / G.W. Bartlett invoices plus a service bill from November 2007 (301.19).

Lot Details
Auction Collectors' Cars
H&H Sales Limited, The Pavilion Gardens, Buxton
TypeCar
Lot Number26
Estimate£20000-£25000
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)£23100
Year1958
Condition rating
Registration numberUSU 577
Mileage-
Chassis numberS827243
Engine number
Engine capacity (cc)3400
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2