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The XK150 was the final incarnation of the XK series and it appeared in May 1957, as either a fixed or drop-head coupé. A more refined and capable machine than its predecessors, the 150 was noticeably different from earlier versions of the XK theme with a higher scuttle and door line, whilst the radiator grille reverted to the thinner slats of the XK120 but was altogether wider. The bumpers were deeper and wrapped around, a curved windscreen replaced the divided one on the XK120 and 140, and much needed servo-assisted Dunlop disc brakes were fitted at each corner. However, the XK150 retained much of the mechanical layout of the 140 sharing the same 3.4-litre DOHC Jaguar straight-six, which developed 180bhp at 5750rpm.
This, home market right-hand drive XK150 Fixed Head Coupe is a factory overdrive example and was first registered in August 1959. It has been the subject of a fastidious restoration by its previous owner. No nut was left untouched and the attention to detail throughout is superb, not only in the quality of the finish but also the driving experience. Mechanically, the car is fitted with a rebuilt and uprated 3.8-litre engine with its original cylinder head, drawing through a pair of 2" HD8 carburettors and the gearbox is the original 4-speed, overdrive unit.
There is a raft of upgrades such as power steering from Vicarage, Coopercraft Disc brakes and Turrino wire wheels, all of which really make this Jaguar a useable modern-day classic. The valuable registration number 150 X is also included as are a number of invoices detailing the restoration.
One of the best presented, best-driving XKs available today.