Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead coupé forms, the open roadster version not appearing until the following year. At 190bhp, the standard 3.4-litre engine’s maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140, so performance was little changed.
Overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were the transmission options, the latter becoming an increasingly popular choice, while a Thornton Powr-Lok limited-slip differential was available for the XK150S.
With so much of the production of the great post-war British sporting marques being sent new to a the voracious appetite of the American sports car market, it is a rare event in general terms to uncover not only an original home market XK150 Jaguar, but also one that has survived the test of times and brought itself forward to the 21st Centure. For a great deal of the 1970s and 1980s, these types of cars struggled to survive, and it was only the examples that were acknowledged, identified and cherished by enthusiasts in that period that are still with us today, and this XK on offer today is one such rare survivor of a British sports car delivered new in Britain.
Records indicate that this is one of the earliest cars to come off the production line, in early 1957, the year that has been considered the happiest year in Britain of the 20th Century, famed by Prime Minister Macmillain’s quote “we’ve never had it so good” – and we can only imagine the impact this machine would have had on the streets of such an optimistic Britain, with other such historical feats in 1957 such as the first World Championship win for a British car in Formula One and the opening of the Jodrell Bank observatory.
The car as such a survivor has obviously been properly maintained and restored, with a body off chassis restoration and the chassis restored, and all mechanical systems restored and refinished as new, and this work is photographically documented, clearly indicating that much if not most of the original British car remains, a fact so important in the restoration.
Complete with the original buff log book from the time – a worthy survivor from an optimistic and excited post-war Britain.
Estimate: £45,000 – £60,000
€50,000 – €65,000
$55,000 – $70,000