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Lot 491: Jaguar XK150 3.8-Liter Drophead Coupe

Quail Lodge Sale, Bonhams (16 August 2012)

* 3,781cc in-line six-cylinder * Automatic transmission * Drophead Coupe bodywork * Older restoration with lovely patina * Stylish black on tan color combination Jaguar's legendary XK sports car range reached its final flowering in 1957 with the launch of the XK150, a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140. The XK150 retained the same basic chassis, engine and transmission of its predecessors but benefited from an entirely new, more modern body providing increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen. The new model's main talking point was the use of Dunlop disc brakes; at last the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed. Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed-head and drophead coupe forms, the open version not appearing until the following year. The drophead coupe was a particularly versatile combination, with occasional rear seats and a fully lined hood. The updated aluminum and leather fascia may have modernized the interior but it retained enough of the Old World charm Jaguar have long been famous for. At 190bhp, the 3.4-liter engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140, so performance was little changed. "The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world's fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable. As with most cars, there are a few body details which could be improved, but we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money," concluded The Autocar. Built in late 1960, the car offered is one of the last XK150s built prior to the introduction of the E-Type and as such incorporates all the various improvements made over the life of the model. A 'black plate' California car, the Jaguar was acquired in the early 1980s in freshly restored condition and has held up well in the intervening years. Having undergone a cosmetic and mechanical overhaul at the time, including a repaint in the original black color, we are informed the XK150 has covered little more than 20,000 miles in the past 30 years and now has a nice overall patina. The dark tan upholstery in particular has a lovely, worn in feel. This XK150 is a desirable Drophead Coupe with automatic transmission and 3.8-liter motor, has enjoyed all the benefits of careful, long-term ownership and could either be left as is, or be a great candidate for a sympathetic restoration.

Lot Details
Auction Quail Lodge Sale
Bonhams, Carmel, California, USA
Lot Number491
Outcome SOLD
Hammer Price$69000
Hammer Price (inc premium)$79350
Condition rating
Registration number
Chassis numberS838984BW
Engine numberVA2120-9
Engine capacity (cc)
Engine - cylinders
Number of doors2