1959 Jaguar XK150 CoupeSOLD
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Estimate: ú18,000-22,000

Sold: ú13,233

Generally rated as being the most outstanding of the many British sportscars of the immediate postwar era were the trio of XK Jaguars from the William Lyons stable, each one a milestone motor car. The XK140 replacing 150 was equally well received as the two previous XK models when it started coming off the Coventry production line in 1957. Although instantly recognisable as a direct descendant of the XK120, the 150 appeared to be very much wider and roomier than previous XK models and was certainly far more refined to drive and comfortable on the road.
The final rendition of the XK appeared in May 1957. Easily identifiable by its higher scuttle and door line, and a much wider grille, the XK150 retained the mechanical lay-out of its predecessor; in 210bhp XK150 'S' form, however, it marked a Jaguar first in having all-round Jaguar Le Mans developed Dunlop disc brakes, an asset with 0-60mph in just 7.5 seconds.

Available in roadster, drophead or fixed head coupe form, a total of just 9395 150'S were produced between 1957 and the spring of 1961, when the far more volume-made E Type replacement hit the freeways of the world.

This XK150S was previously owned by the well known amateur race driver John Appleton. Appleton campaigned in various machines varying from a Riley special to a Bugatti at Brooklands. He has pre-war class wins at Shelsey Walsh hillclimb and Brooklands and still holds the Class G Mountain-circuit lap record of 76.1 mph at Brooklands. 7844 BP was his daily drive and was used extensively throughout the continent on trans European drives. Weslake reworked the cylinder head with a number of other modifications including the fitment of ventilated discs and multi piston calipers and Koni shock absorbers fitted all round. The Moss gearbox was replaced with an XJ6 all-synchromesh overdrive 'box enabling the car to cruise at 130 mph plus.

The car was featured in a road test by Jaguar World in 1994 with the author noting the car felt 'more modern and responsive than a standard XK150' and 'the gearbox was a joy.' The car has since benefited from a comprehensive rebuild completed in 2003 which included a bare metal re-spray and restorative work to the chassis and body, with a new front windscreen, stainless steel straight through pipes, new seals and 5 new tyres also fitted. The body and chassis are described by the vendor to be in excellent condition.

The car is supplied with a photographic record of the work carried out, a V5 document, old MoT's, spec sheets from RJW Appleton, magazine articles on the vehicle and a significant history file. 7844 BP is described to be in good condition overall and represents a uniquely modified XK150 with a rich and well documented history.

Reference Number 4120

as of 9/24/2006

Car 1959 Jaguar XK150 Coupe
VIN S824716D/N 
Configuration Right Hand Drive (RHD) 
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