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1959 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixedhead Coupe to 'S' Spec

Lot No.: 330

Registration: XDU 150
Chassis Number: S824647
Engine Number: V3006-8
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3442
Year of Manufacture: 1959
Sold for (£): Unsold

The XK150 was the final incarnation of the XK and appeared in May 1957. A more refined and capable machine than its predecessors, the 150 was easily identifiable by its higher scuttle and door line, wider grille and improved interior space. However, the XK150 retained much of the mechanical layout of the XK140 sharing the same 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-six, which developed 180bhp at 5750rpm.

Chassis S824647 was manufactured in 1958, and first registered on 5th February 1959. This car features the Special Equipment package including spot lights, wire wheels, and an uprated engine mated to a four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive. It is offered from 13 year ownership, during which time it was regularly maintained and serviced by Jaguar specialist, Mick Sales with 35 years' experience in Jaguar/Daimler. The comprehensive history file confirms the attention which this car has received, and contains old MoT certificates, tax discs, photos and invoices together with the original buff log book.

Pleasingly, this XK150 retains its original registration mark, ‘XDU 150' which is special in itself, and is resplendent in body and interior trim colours of black and red respectively. The car was upgraded to 'S' specification during the 1960s, when a straight port head was fitted together with three SU carburettors. These subtle engine modifications mean not only is this car one of the greatest of the post-war British sports cars, it's also exhilarating to drive. This motorcar represents a usable yet distinguished example of this rare SE specification Jaguar and is a certain hit amongst classic motoring enthusiasts.