Jaguar XK150 Roadster
1958-1961, 1339 produced.
Sports,2 doors,2 seats
Initially it was available in Fixed Head Coupe (FHC) and Drop Head Coupe (DHC) versions. The Open Two Seater (OTS) Roadster model was not launched until 1958. Token rear seats were fitted in the coupes.
Although having a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically modernised. For the first time a one piece windscreen was used and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors. The bonnet was widened and opened down to the wings and on the OTS the bulkhead was moved back to make it about 4 inches longer. The car was available at various times in Red, Pearl Grey, White, Indigo Blue, Claret, Cotswold Blue, Black, Mist Grey, Sherwood Green, Carmen Red, British racing Green, Cornish grey and Imperial Maroon.
In side the car the walnut dashboard went to be replaced by one trimmed in leather. The doors were thinner giving more interior space.
The standard engine, the same as fitted to the XK140, was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-6 rated at 180 bhp at 5750 rpm but most cars were fitted with the SE engine that had a modified cylinder head with larger exhaust valves rated at 210 bhp at 5500 rpm. Twin 1.75 inch SU HD6 carburettors were fitted. In 1958 the S model was launched with three 2 inch SU HD8 carburettors and a modified cylinder head giving a claimed 250 bhp. The engine capacity was increased in 1958 to 3.8 litres by increasing the bore. Claimed output was now 220 bhp for the standard and 265 bhp for the S version.
Four-wheel disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified. Suspension and chassis were very similar to that on the XK140. Steering was by rack and pinion and power steering was not offered.
|3442cc||S6 DOHC||Jaguar XK||83mm x 106mm|
|3781cc||S6 DOHC||Jaguar XK||87mm x 106mm|
|ISBN||Title||Publisher||Buy this book|
|1870642414||Jaguar XK 120 / 140 / 150 Gold Portfolio 1948-60||Brooklands Books|
|1870642279||Jaguar XK 120 / 140 / 150 / 150S & Mk 7, 8 & 9||Brooklands Books|
|Publication||Classic Cars September 2010|
|Strike quickly - Jaguar's XK120,140 and 150 models are attracting more attention than ever, but prices start from £35k. For now.|
Buying guide - 1948-60 Jaguar XK
|Publication||Classic Cars June 2010|
|Buying guide - 1948-60 Jaguar XK - Jaguar's XK120, 140 and 150 form one of the most iconic British sports car ranges ever created. Here's how to make sure you find an example worthy of that heritage.|
|Publication||Classic Cars August 2006|
|Our Cars - 1958 Jaguar XK150-Graeme Hurst, 1961 Jaguar E-Type-Quentin Willson, 1975 NSEU Ro80-Glen Waddington, 1976 MGB GT-Eric Richardson, 1971 Saab 1995-Malcolm McKay.|
Buyers Guide - Jaguar XK120-150
|Publication||Practical Classics December 2000|
|Buyers Guide - Jaguar XK120-150 - If an E-type is to obvious, then perhaps Sir should consider a Jaguar XK. Mark Dixon explains why they are such a great choice.|
Buyer's Guide Express - Jaguar XK150
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 1 February 2012|
|Buyer's Guide Express - Jaguar XK150 - The final development of Jaguar's sexy XK range - the 150 model - posted some major improvements in space and driveability over the outgoing 140 models, says DAVE RICHARDS.|
Buyer's Guide Express - Jaguar XK150
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 12 January 2011|
|Buyer's Guide Express - Jaguar XK150 - E-type not exclusive enough? Then why not consider the XK150. MATT GEORGE explains why they're such a great choice.|
Fifty years of elegance - Part 1
|Publication||Jaguar Enthusiast June 2007|
|Fifty years of elegance - Part 1 - In the second part of this series on the XK150, Paul Skilleter tells how the cars disc brakes were developed and describes the roadster model.|
50th Anniversary celebrations for the XK150
|Publication||Jaguar Enthusiast May 2007|
|50th Anniversary celebrations for the XK150 - A history from Paul Skillester - part one.|
Road Test -Jaguar XK120-150
|Publication||Classic Car Weekly 4th August 2004|
|Road Test -Jaguar XK120-150 - Six-Cylinder 3442cc and 3781cc cars built 1948-61. Two-seater fixed and drophead coupés and roadsters. Front-engined, rear-wheel-drive.|
Jaguar Enthusiast March 2003 pg 14
|Publication||Jaguar Enthusiast March 2003|
|XK Extraordinaire! Story by Keith Vincent.|