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.
Under 10,000 of these cars were manufactured 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.
This beautiful American market Jaguar was built on 13th January 1960 to its Miami Beach owners chosen specification to include automatic transmission, an exclusive option in its day, as only 72 were produced out of the estimated total production run of 586 DHC cars. Interestingly, this Jaguar was collected from the factory and delivered on Coventry plates (3850 DU) so the new owner, Mr Bisso we understand, could enjoy a European Summer jaunt before returning with the car to Florida.
Returning to Europe during the early 1970’s at the behest of an Italian Jaguar distributor who purchased the XK on behalf of his daughter, the car was to be seen on the roads around Milan for many years…..precise and meticulous maintenance was obviously handled by the family dealership. In more recent times this car has resided in the family’s private & outstanding 15 Jaguar car collection where it has enjoyed a pampered existence.
Due to the sale of the family business and the subsequent dismantlement of their collection, this Jaguar is available for the first time in nearly 40 years. Now the car is under Greek registration (deleted for export but can be reregistered in Greece).