“The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world’s fastest and safest cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable… we do not know of any more outstanding example of value for money.” -The Autocar
What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar’s fabulous ‘XK’ series of sports cars arrived in 1957.
As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-litre engine and 4-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140’s divided screen.
Cleverly, the new body used many XK120/140 pressings, the increased width being achieved by means of a 4”-wide central fillet. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model’s main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes. Fade following repeated stops from high speed had been a problem of the earlier, drum-braked cars, but now the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed.
Finished in the very desirable colour combination of black with red leather interior, this special XK150 is owned by a prominent private individual in the Jaguar world. Specialising in Jaguar he has used his knowledge to oversee important work to the car such as the fitment of a limited slip differential, new timing chain, valves, spark plugs, rear brake cylinder & servo, carburettor and ignition adjustment and has tuned the engine and transmission which we are now told run very well.
The car is said to be in very good condition all-round including its Burl wooden dashboard, spoke wheels, original XK150 steering wheel, extinguisher and stainless steel exhaust system.
Electrics have been completely redone and a new wiring loom fitted, including that for the period headlights, auxiliary fan with adjustable temperature range, 2 x 12 volt batteries in parallel and anti-theft immobilizer.