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Lot 19: 1959 JAGUAR XK150 3.4 LITRE "S" ROADSTER

Exceptional Motor Cars, Christies (3 June 2007)

Black with red leather interior and sand top

Engine: straight six, double overhead camshaft, 3,442cc, 250bhp at 5,600rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with overdrive; Suspension: front, independent, rear, live axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs; Brakes: servo-assisted four wheel disc. Left hand drive.

The XK series (with the 150 as the final evolution) came about almost by accident. The 120 was only to have been a limited production run of 200 cars to publicize the new XK engine designed for saloons. After the 1948 launch at the London Motor Show, where it was undeniably the sensation of the show, the response was so strong that bodywork casts were prepared and twelve thousand XK120s were subsequently sold. The XK140 followed in 1954 and the 150 in 1957.

The 150 had various styling developments over the 140 including a wrap-around windscreen and a new 'hip line'. A slightly wider body and slimmer doors provided considerably more interior room. With massive torque from a powerplant tuned to give maximum power at lower revolutions than before, these models offered surging acceleration to beyond 120mph (136 mph and 0-60 in 7.3 seconds was achieved with a 150S 3.4 litre roadster). There was revised rack and pinion steering and, with the new disc brakes and improved headlamps, the XK150 was the most capable Jaguar high-speed grand touring car yet. The Autocar's testers approved the adjustable steering column, upright seat squab and generous seat adjustment and thought that directional stability 'added to the crew's confidence'. Few of its European competitors, not even the exotica, could outperform the XK150 and none could out brake it. Just as previous XK Jaguars had, this version delivered unbeatable value for money with all that effortless performance.

This remarkable XK150 S Roadster was dispatched on November 26th, 1958 via Jaguar Cars in New York to the first owner Mr. J.N. Hill of New Jersey. Oddly enough, it was here in New Jersey this "S" would remain. Purchased by the vendor in the mid-1980's with fewer than 40,000 miles from the then third owner. The car was in tired but still presentable condition. It was used lightly over the next several years until it was decided to return it to its former glory. The Jaguar was stripped to bare metal and resprayed in the original black finish, any pieces of chrome not otherwise in excellent shape was replaced and the entire interior was retrimmed for the exception of the dash fascia. Further new 185R16 Michelin vintage treat radials were installed on new chrome 16" wire wheels with the original spare still in place. The engine bay presents in detailed form and the 150 "S" is accompanied by its original owners manual, showroom brochures, tools, grease gun, and Lucas fog and road lamps. This is a rare opportunity to acquire the best of the Jaguar XK series. Christie's recommends close inspection of this example.

Lot Details
Auction Exceptional Motor Cars
Christies, Connecticut
Lot Number19
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Condition rating0
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Chassis numberT 831755 DN
Engine numberVS 1627-9
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