1958 Jaguar XK 150

3.4 S Roadster

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1958
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    S831188DN
  • Lot number 
    31
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Original condition
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    White
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

French registration papers

- Very fine restoration
- A reliable car with good performance
- Rare 3.4-litre ‘S’ version

The final model in Jaguar’s XK series, the XK 150 was launched in May 1957, succeeding the XK 120 from 1948 and the XK 140 from 1954. Building on its established international reputation, Jaguar continued to develop the XK series, which had originally been introduced with a 3.4-litre in-line six. Launched first in fixed head coupé (FHC) and drophead coupé (DHC) or convertible form, the open two-seater (OTS) or roadster version was added in 1958. The main change to its appearance was the adoption of a one-piece curved windscreen. It had more modern styling, influenced by the design of the contemporary Jaguar Mark 1 and Mark 2 saloons. Technically speaking, the 150 kept the same chassis design with torsion bars at the front and a live rear axle with leaf springs. It carried over the rack-and-pinion steering introduced on the XK 140 but was fitted for the first time with disc brakes as standard. The standard engine was the 3.4-litre unit developing 190bhp, mated to a four-speed manual gearbox, with overdrive or a three-speed Borg Warner automatic transmission as options. The following year, an ‘S’ version of the 3.4-litre engine was introduced with three SU HD8 carburettors, which enabled it to develop 250bhp. At the end of 1959, Jaguar presented an entirely new 3.8-litre engine producing 220bhp or 265bhp in ‘S’ specification. Production of the roadster came to an end in December 1960, followed by that of the fixed head coupé in February 1961 and the drophead coupé in July that year. Altogether, 9382 units of the XK 150 were built, the majority exported to the United States. The XK 150 was then replaced by the E-Type.

The car we are presenting is an XK 150 3.4 S roadster which came off the production line on 25 August 1958. It was imported from the United States in 2008 by a French collector and marque enthusiast, who undertook a major restoration from 2008 to 2013. The car was completely stripped down so that the bodywork and chassis could be sandblasted and restored. All the parts were checked over and replaced as needed. The car was repainted in its original colour of Old English White.
The mechanical components were also entirely stripped down and refurbished to as-new condition by the Jaguar specialist Francis Trichet. The engine and four-speed Moss gearbox with overdrive were completely stripped down, as were the running gear and rear axle.
The interior was also fully refurbished, including the leather upholstery, door cards, dashboard and carpets, which are all finished in a shade of red which goes perfectly with the cream paintwork of the body. The car is fitted with a black hood, a tonneau cover and two sets of keys.
Presented today at a very attractive estimated price, this extremely elegant roadster deserves consideration by the most discerning collectors.

This car will be sold by auction by AGUTTES Auction House, in Paris, at the Espace Champerret, France, on June the 23th, 2019.
The digital catalog will be available soon on our website
https://www.aguttes.com/en/sale/96063
Please contact us for any further details.
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