CHASSIS NO: S831161
• Past recipient of a thorough restoration
• An exquisite stance with an appealing red exterior
• A staple of classic British sports cars
DOHC straight-six engine, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with double wishbones, longitudinal torsion bars, rear anti-roll bar with semi-elliptic leaf springs, four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes; wheelbase: 102”
In 1954, Jaguar introduced the XK140 as a replacement for the highly successful Jaguar XK120 that had first appeared in 1948. The XK Series was conceived by William Lyons as a sleek automobile that sat atop a short wheelbase in a two-seat roadster configuration powered by a twin-cam engine. The ‘X’ represented the ‘experimental’ engine type while the letter ‘K’ was the sequence. The XK140 received a larger 190 horsepower engine, rack-and-pinion steering, and more interior space. Production of the 140 continued through 1957 when it was replaced by the XK150. The XK150 continued the success first started by the 120 series in high fashion. The OTS, open two-seater, version proved again to be the most popular with the fixed head coupé right behind it. The top could be folded behind the seats and conveniently hidden by the rear shroud. The XK150’s model run would last from May 1957 through March 1961 and see a total of 9,382 leave the factory. A more comprehensive number would show just 2,672 were Drophead Coupés, making them more desirable among other models offered.
In true Jaguar fashion, this XK150 Drophead Coupé is the epitome of what a gentleman’s sports car should be. It is offered from The Rockhound Collection with an exquisite red paint scheme that is enhanced by the chrome knock-off wire wheels. The Drophead Coupé’s sweeping lines are unforgettable and set it apart from anything out on the street; thanks to a thorough restoration throughout the entire vehicle, it shows very well. Its sweeping lines lead into the open-air cockpit that is draped with black carpet and black leather on the seats and door panels. Hidden behind the bench seat is a folding black top, with a trunk lid behind that that comes with an emblem commemorating Jaguar’s success during their seven-year dominance at Le Mans, where they won five races in a short period of time. All the wealth of experience gained on those racetracks was used in every Jaguar model to provide the highest degree of efficient performance allied with comfort and safety.
Under the hood lies engine number V4918-8, a DOHC straight six that has garnered a reputation for delivering wonderful performance on the road. While the engine appears to be restored and set, it is noted that a new wiring harness will need to be installed before this Jaguar is ready for road use. Optioned with a nice color scheme, this XK150 is a staple in classic British sports cars and is a timeless beauty that knows few rivals and will only continue to grow in popularity and appeal.