1959 Jaguar XK150 OTS RoadsterSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $100,000 - $125,000

$107,250 Sold

265bhp, 3.781cc. six-cylinder double overhead camshafts, four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive, independent front with live rear axle and semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel disc brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The wonderful XK series of Jaguar sports cars needs no introduction to the discerning car lover. From the stunning introduction of the XK120 in 1948, through the evolutionary XK140 to the sophisticated XK150, Sir William Lyons set the highest standard for production sports cars of their day.

While based on the tried and proven XK120 and 140 chassis and engine combination, the XK150 was a truly ground breaking machine. The performance of the XK range was continually increasing, from the basic 120 and the Special Equipment version, then to the XK140 MC with the “ C-Type ” cylinder head and on to the 150 with its straight port head developing from 210 to 265bhp. Such performance increases highlighted the need for a technical breakthrough in braking systems for road-going cars. Jaguar ’ s successes at Le Mans were greatly attributable to the introduction of disk brakes on their racing D-Types and the old adage of “ racing improving the breed ” was never more appropriate when the XK150 was introduced with power-assisted disc brakes on all four wheels - the very first production car ever to have this feature.

The 1959 Jaguar XK150 S 3.8 pictured here finished in Metallic Gold with a tan leather interior was originally purchased by Lt. Col. R. Hey Jr. of Cherry Point, North Carolina from Jaguar Cars New York.

Fully restored over a two-year period, the car was finished in 2005 and has only been driven 2000 miles since that time. According to the Certificate of Authenticity by the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust accompanying the car in the sale, the Jaguar was originally fitted with a 3.4 liter “ S ” engine; the Jaguar is now fitted with the more powerful 3.8 liter engine first made available in 1959 and developing a prodigious 265bhp represents the pinnacle of the XK series. Stainless steel headers were installed in place of the original ceramic units, as the primary goal of the restoration was to create a superb all-weather classic rally car.

Professionally executed, the restoration was conducted using only original parts or their contemporary replacement components which included new 16-inch Dayton SS wire wheels, Spax adjustable shocks, and a factory exhaust system. The convertible top and interior are all new including the burled wood dash center panel. Shortly after the restoration was completed the Jaguar was awarded a Best in Class at the 2005 Coast Classic Concours.

It is reported by the vendor that, due to the special attention paid to the restoration of the driveline, the car drives and handles superbly. With stunning good looks and exceptional performance, this Jaguar offers its next lucky owner a multitude of options; be it rallies, tours or concours, this is an XK150 S that can do it all.

Reference Number 5750

as of 1/9/2007

Car 1959 Jaguar XK150 OTS Roadster
VIN T831792DN 
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