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Lot 154: Jaguar XK150 Drophead Coupe

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

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 exactly 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 a much wider grille, the XK150 retained the mechanical layout of its predecessor, but had larger and more comfortable cockpit. Although with a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the new model was radically modernized. A one-piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors. The bonnet was widened, opened down to the wings, while on the roadster the bulkhead was moved back to make the bonnet longer. This XK150 Drophead Coupe is finished in red with red interior and sits pretty on chrome wire wheels with a complementary black hood. Its original straight bodywork is rust free and of good quality. Mechanically we are told by the vendor that it was period uprated from 3.4 to 3.8 specification. It now runs on three carbs offering wonderful performance. Offered to the market here at a reserve way below the current market, this is a definite snip for the Jaguar enthusiast and not to be missed.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number154
Estimate£45000-£55000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1958
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Registration numberWSJ 431
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Chassis numberS837251
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