1958 Early Jaguar XK150S 3.4 OTS (Roadster) For Sale
Fourth oldest "S" variant XK150 with a serial number starting “T”. A rare opportunity to acquire an early XK150S. Well used, well loved, superbly maintained. They don’t come more honest and authentic than this. BACKGROUND Jaguar’s fabled XK150 was introduced in the spring of 1957 as a replacement for the XK140 and was available as a fixed coupé (FHC), drophead coupé (DHC) and open two seater (OTS, also known as the roadster). Whilst the XK150 was similar in design to the outgoing model, it was considerably more refined. A one piece windscreen replaced the split screen and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors. The bonnet was widened, opened down to the wings and, on the roadster, the bulkhead was moved back four inches to make the bonnet longer. Inside, the XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by leather trim. The launch specification of the XK150 included a 3.4 litre “XK” engine with twin SU carburettors, four-speed manual gearbox with optional overdrive, independent front suspension with wishbones, coil springs, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. The first XK150’s were slower than their predecessors. After a twelve month delay caused by the factory fire of February 1957, this deficit was corrected in March of 1958 with the release of special equipment “SE” models fitted with a more powerful engine. Twin 1.75-inch (44 mm) SU HD6 carburettors and a modified “B type” cylinder head with larger exhaust valves improved performance to 210 SAE bhp at 5500 rpm. While most export cars were SE models, a third option for the open two-seater featured an "S" 3.4 litre engine with three 2-inch (51 mm) SU HD8 carburettors and a straight-port cylinder head boosting power to a claimed 250 SAE bhp. Sporting subtle “S” badges near the windscreen pillars, this improved specification enabled OTS cars to reach 60mph in just over 7.5 secs and go on to a top speed of 132mph. Later expanded to 3.8 litres producing 265 SAE bhp, this configuration marked the first incarnation of the engine that would, in 1961, be launched with Jaguar’s iconic E-type replacement for the XK150. THE CAR The Jaguar XK150S 3.4 Open Two Seater (roadster) offered here is the fourth oldest XK150S with a “T” chassis number in existence, produced on 29th August 1958. This stunning matching numbers car is finished in Carmen Red with black leather interior and a black hood. The Jaguar Heritage Certificate accompanying the vehicle confirms its chassis number as T831234DN, delivered to Continental Motors, New Jersey, USA. Little is known of its life in the USA. The car was reimported into England in July 1991 and underwent a total 'chassis up' rebuild with right hand drive conversion, all with photographic records, during 1992-1993. It was purchased by its latest owner in May 1997 and has been used frequently for both pleasure and numerous rallies, including four MSA Euroclassics, two Prix des Alps and many, many touring and club events and holidays throughout the UK. A further engine rebuild by Les Trafford of Trafford Competition Engines in Tewksbury was carried out in 1997 and between June 1997 and March 2000 the car was fitted with many mechanical upgrades to improve the driveability for regular use. These included a Getrag 5 speed gearbox, with almost identical ratios to the original with its overdrive, uprated disc brakes, power steering, Kenlowe fan and the limited slip differential was also rebuilt. The car is fitted with chrome wire wheels and driver and passenger door mirrors. The cars original painted wire wheels, knock-off 'spinners', gearbox and radiator are, happily, still available with the car. A huge file of papers and photographs record all works carried out over the last twenty years. Earlier this year the car underwent a no-expense-spared 'health check' and preparation for this year's events. The reason for its sale is only because, very sadly, its owner died in April before he was to enjoy all the work carried out. The car presents extremely well and has great patination. It is in a condition ready to be used and enjoyed for any touring events or shows, or for its new owner to take it to a 'higher level'. A rare opportunity to acquire an early XK150S. Well used, well loved, superbly maintained. They don’t come more honest and authentic than this. Viewing strictly by appointment only. Price on application.
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