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Lot 153: Jaguar XK150

HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS, Coys (29 June 2013)

The bleak years after 1945 were, not surprisingly, an era when great sports cars were somewhat thin on the ground; a shining exception was the mighty Jaguar XK series, yet another product of the flawless stylists eye (to say nothing of the astute business brain) of Sir William Lyons. Unarguably one of the most elegant sports cars of all time, the XK120 used the superb twin-cam six cylinder XK engine to provide 120mph performance and acceleration to suit the most demanding tastes. The series evolved further with the XK140 and ended finally with the most refined of all the models, the XK150. Fewer than 10,000 of these cars were manufactured between 1957 and 1961 and the XK150 was the first to carry Dunlop disc brakes as standard following their lengthy development on Jaguar sports-racing cars. Manufactured in 1960 the owner informs us the car was in the ownership of 3 owners from new until 1967 with the 4th owner having the car in his ownership up to 1977 upon which it was put into storage for 27 years until it was purchased for restoration in 2004. Marque specialists Leaping Cats commenced the body and chassis restoration which included an engine overhaul with the cylinder head ported and gas flowed. An uprated oil pump, high torque starter motor, alternator, Borg and Beck clutch assembley as well as triple 2 inch SU carburettors providing that extra performance finishing off the engine. The interior was retrimmed which included two bucket seat backs which are supplied along with the original retrimmed items. Since the completion of the restoration in 2007 only 4,885 miles had been completed when purchased by the current owner in 2010 and since his ownership only a further 300 miles have been added. Kept in a humidity controlled environment the vendor informs us the car is in excellent order throughout. Finished in red with a black interior the car is accompanied with a large file containing the original handbook, V5, old MoT certificates and bills totalling over 50,000 for the exhaustive restoration as well as a full tool kit.

Lot Details
Auction HISTORIC COLLECTORS MOTORCARS
Coys, Blenheim Palace, Woodstock, Oxfordshire, OX20 1PX
TypeCar
Lot Number153
Estimate£75000-£90000
Outcome NOT SOLD
Hammer Price-
Hammer Price (inc premium)-
Year1960
Condition rating
Registration number292 AXT
Mileage-
Chassis numberS825261
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