The bleak years after 1945 were, not surprisingly, an era when great sports cars were somewhat thin on the ground. A shining exception was the mighty Jaguar XK series, yet another product of the flawless stylist’s eye (to say nothing of the astute business brain) of Sir William Lyons.
Unarguably one of the most elegant sports cars of all time, the XK120 used the superb twin-cam six-cylinder engine to provide 120mph performance and acceleration to suit the most demanding tastes. The series evolved further with the XK140 and ended finally with the most refined of all the models, the XK150. Launched in 1957, Jaguar’s XK150 was the third and final iteration of XK range and was considered by many to be the best driving model, not to mention the most comfortable especially in terms of leg-room!
Delivered new to a Mr Rattenbury in South West London with the original registration number ‘150 LPE’ the XK is now presented with the very desirable registration number ‘XK1501’. Being one of only 662 XK 150 Drophead Coupes, this example is one of the rare special equipment, manual overdrive versions in original RHD specification. Previously residing in a collection in Switzerland until 2009 at which time the car was offered at the Coys Blenheim Palace sale where the current vendor acquired the car.
Finished in red with a superb red leather interior and carpeting, this XK150 is equipped with a magnificent polished wooden dashboard made professionally by marquee specialists. The car sits on chrome wire wheels and is equipped with a black hood in mohair and double duck. In the current vendors ownership, the XK has seen some sensible upgrades recommended by the Jaguar owners club, a Kenlow fan was fitted as well as a Tremec five speed gearbox for ease of long distance touring. Regularly used during the summer months the XK has taken part in many club meets throughout the UK and Europe. Offered with an extensive history file including many previous Mots a heritage certificate and invoices of maintenance work. Also included in the sale is the previously fitted XK moss gearbox.