Jaguar XK150 SE
1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Drophead Coupe - 3-owners from new
Original matching-numbers Jaguar XK150 SE - Drophead Coupe in Red over a black leather interior and only 34299 miles on the odometer. The car retains its original 3.4-liter double-overhead-camshaft six-cylinder engine and three-speed automatic Borg-Warner transmission. This car is the Special Equipment (SE) model with a more powerful engine compared to the standard model.
The car is coming out of long-term Danish ownership and has Danish papers and registration. The car passed the Danish technical inspection (MOT/TUV/Syn). A full inspection and service confirm that the car is in excellent mechanical and cosmetic condition and can be enjoyed as-is for many years to come.
Service records totaling over 11,500 Euros from Jaguar Denmark, including engine work, radiator, and interior, are including in the sale.
VIN/Chassis Number: S837914BW
Odometer: 34299 miles
Transmission: 3-speed Borg-Warner automatic
Engine: 6-cyl. 3442cc/210bhp
Brakes: four-wheel disc brakes
History of the 1957-1961 Jaguar XK150:
The final iteration in the XK series was the XK150, which was introduced in May 1957 as a 1958 model. Although recognizably a member of the Jaguar family, it was wider and not nearly as swoopy as the earlier XKs, and the distinctive grill had a much more delicate appearance than its predecessor. Although the chassis was carried over unchanged from the 140, standard equipment now included four-wheel disc brakes, which was a first for a car built in series production. Initially, a convertible and fixed head were the only body choices.
Under the wider bonnet lurked the familiar twin-cam, straight-six, which was almost as pretty as the car itself. The standard engine was rated at 190 bhp, but a 210bhp SE version was also offered. More power soon followed with the S version of the 3.4-liter engine, which breathed through triple SU carburetors to generate 250bhp. As before, the four-speed manual transmission was offered with overdrive and a three-speed Borg-Warner automatic was optional.
Later in 1958, Jaguar added a lighter roadster version to the line-up. Available in both standard and S versions, it had a sleeker appearance but still offered roll-up windows. For 1959, the big news was a 3.8-liter version of the famous XK engine. Rated at 220 in standard guise and 265 for the S version, the big cat was seriously quick.
Many considered the XK150 a fast touring car rather than an out-and-out sports car, which is supported by the simple fact that the cars were seldom raced or rallied. Still, the 150 had enough appeal to sell 9,395 examples, of a car that cost close to $5,000 when production ceased in 1961.
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