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 stylists 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.
A mere 549 of these cars were manufactured for the home market between 1957 and 1961 and the XK150 was the first to carry Dunlop disc brakes as standard following their lengthy development on Jaguar sports-racing cars.
Launched in 1957, Jaguar’s XK150 was the third and final iteration of XK range and considered by many to be the best driving model, not to mention the most comfortable especially in terms of leg-room!
The wonderful original UK right hand drive example on offer here today has been in its current ownership for an astonishing 24 years. Over these years #S827284 has received sparing yet regular use on fun countryside lanes. Recorded and verified by the 26 MOT certificates that can be found in the history file, the car has travelled a mere 16,000 miles since 1976 and its current odometer reading is an impressively low figure of 39,838.
#S827284 has undergone a body-off restoration and included in the history file are bills, invoices and photos showing every stage. The body, chassis, interior and paint are all described by the vendor to be in excellent condition throughout.
Very recently the car has been fitted with a completely new mohair convertible roof that has been beautifully lined in beige. The coachwork is finished in Ivory with complementing red leather interior which has recently been re-trimmed. While this is a largely original car which can be seen by its matching numbers, low-mileage, engine and original spinners, where necessary the cars bright work has been either re-chromed or replaced.
As a pre-1960 car, this XK150 is actually MoT exempt, however as a testament to the mentality of the owner and how well the car has been looked after, this car comes complete with a new MoT due to expire in April 2017.
Also included in the cars history file is the original UK Log book, multiple old V5 log books and detailed information of further restoration work that was undertaken in 1976. We are proud to offer this very special XK150 that must have one of the best documented histories of any jaguar that we have sold in a long time. The car has been continually serviced and looked after by a motoring engineer who is a close friend of the vendor. Exceptional.