The XK120 was launched in 1948 and was an international sensation immediately, finally putting Jaguar on the world stage, and good results for XKs in motor racing and international rallying were instrumental in beginning a hugely successful period for the company. The XK150 was the final incarnation of the XK range, appearing in May 1957, and was a more refined and capable machine than its predecessors. Easily distinguishable from the 140 by its higher scuttle and door line, wider grille and improved interior space, the 150 however, retained much of the mechanical layout of the earlier car sharing the same 3.4-litre DOHC Jaguar straight-six, developing 180bhp at 5750rpm. "The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world's fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable... we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money," concluded The Autocar.
Offered here is a much sought after 'Special Equipment' XK150 Fixedhead Coupe with the 3.4-litre/210bhp engine. The car was originally sold new in the States as a left-hand drive vehicle, but was imported back to the UK in 2012 where it has since undergone a full restoration, converted to right-hand drive and fitted with a Moss 4-speed gearbox. Professionally finished in Dark Green with the bumpers removed, stick-on number plates and the wire wheels painted in body colour, this XK now looks distinctly period and very 'Brands Hatch Paddock, 1961'. This effect is echoed by the fabulous interior with the black leather seats piped in green and the wood rim wheel.
Supplied with a UK V5c, a pile of invoices detailing the considerable amount of work that has been carried out, and wearing the registration '325 YUT', this car represents the opportunity to own a distinctive and well-finished XK150 where all the hard work has already been done. With ample boot space compared to most classics, this car is the perfect candidate for a blast to the Le Mans Classic or the Goodwood Revival this summer!