What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar's fabulous 'XK' series of sports cars arrived in 1957. As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-litre engine, and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model's main talking point was its 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 and drophead coupé forms, the open roadster version not appearing until the following year. At 190bhp, the engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140 so performance was little changed. S E and S versions came with 210 and 250bhp respectively. Manual with overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were the transmission options, the latter becoming an increasingly popular choice.
A sought after Special Equipment model, this car is one of only 674 3.4-litre XK150 fixed-head coupés built with automatic transmission. The motor car comes complete with a JDHT Certificate, showing that it left the Browns Lane factory on 27th October 1958 on its way to Jaguar Cars, New York, USA. Believed originally supplied to its first owner in Nevada or Arizona, the XK was recently purchased in Antioch, California.
The car is in extremely original condition and starts 'on the button'. It was purchased out of long term storage so will require re-commissioning, but nevertheless appears very sound with all electrics working (wipers, gauges, rev counter, heater fan, etc). Originally finished in Mist Grey with red leather trim, the car is now painted white but retains its original upholstery, carpets, and boot mat. It comes complete with full original tool kit (in a new tool roll) and an owner's maintenance manual. It is hoped that a UK Registration certificate will have been obtained before the auction, but if not the car will come with all required documents, duty paid and complete with the NOVA letter.