• Presents in immaculate and concours-ready condition
• Comprehensively restored in 2010
• Dry-stored / mostly dry-driven
• Condition belies its 64 years
Who doesn’t love a convertible? True roofless aficionados know there are many reasons for having one on your driveway but, bragging rights aside, most are sensory.
Exposed as you are to nature’s elements, there is a the heightened sense of motion, the aural resonance of a finely-tuned engine, the rush of passing scenery, the fragrance of fresh, open air as dappled shade flickers over your Ray-Bans. Bliss!
While driving life rarely gets better with a convertible, imagine road-tripping in a 64-year-old Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupé presented in concours condition! Well, imagine no more because nothing in, out or around this car needs to be done to elevate it to a higher standard. It is already there.
The History and Paperwork
• Left the factory in 1958 as a LHD model for the States.
• Just 7,000 miles since 2010 restoration and RHD conversion.
• More work carried out in 2021 to retain its high standard.
• To restore to this level would cost in the region of £230k and take 2 years
According to the data plate (and confirmed by the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Certificate), this well-travelled Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupé rolled off the Browns Lane plant in Coventry on Friday 17th October, 1958.
Originally a left-hand drive model, it was promptly dispatched to the Jaguar Cars New York on 3rd November, 1958 shortly after which it received its first US registration. At some unknown time in its history, the car made its way to the UK and in 2010 underwent a comprehensive ‘body-off’ restoration and a conversion from LHD to RHD by renowned Jaguar XK specialists Twyford Moores of Waterlooville in Hampshire.
The current keeper acquired the Jaguar in July, 2017 and has enjoyed many a local and foreign road trip with it. While he has enjoyed the car immensely, it now needs to make way for a new member of what is an eclectic collection of ‘sentimetal’.
Accompanying the car will be a V5 Certificate registered in the current keeper’s name, a small file of service and maintenance invoices, documentation pertaining to its heritage, two original keys and an original ‘XK150 Operating, Maintenance & Service Handbook’.
• Sympathetically and fastidiously restored.
• Elegant tan leather upholstery throughout.
• Presents in truly immaculate condition.
The smart and tidy interior presents to an extraordinary high standard and the sun-dressed tan leather furniture and door cards afford an air of 1950’s Californian lifestyle and glamour.
The restoration had all interior panels including door cards and bins totally rebuilt and recovered, along with the instrument cluster containing a set of period black-faced instruments. There is an elegant Moto-Lita split-rivetted wooden steering wheel to complete the interior aesthetic to honour the charm of its era.
Other soft furnishings such as the front and rear carpets present in excellent condition. Furthermore, the custodian reports that all the instruments, switchgear and backlights work as originally intended. The soft-top roof rises and falls as simply and quickly as originally intended and the matching dark green canvas is once again in pristine condition.
Additional creature comforts include a modern wind deflector installed behind the front seats and a high-end JVC DAB/CD audio system concealed in the cubby hole.
The tidy, smart and carpeted boot houses a full-sized spare wheel under the boot floor and the engine bay is clean and exceptionally well presented. Both undersides of the boot lid and bonnet are in excellent condition as is the area concealed under the fuel filler flap.
• Elegantly presented in period British Racing Green.
• Exterior is immaculate and entirely blemish-free.
• Brightwork shines like the day it was fitted back in 1958.
• Brand new tonneau cover.
Regimentally turned out in British Racing Green (incidentally, the model’s most popular factory colour), this 1958 Jaguar XK150 wears its second restorative coat proudly. So pristine is it, that it would surely be a crowd pleaser at any Concours d'Elegance event anywhere in the world.
The brightwork around the car shines as brightly as the day it was fitted over 60 years ago. None of the chrome work exhibits the remotest hint of pitting – a phenomenon usually associated with a car of this age.
The chromed spoked wheels are in excellent order as are the chromed wheel locknuts. The wheels are shod with a healthy set of Vredestein Sprint Classic tyres all round – including the spare housed under the boot floor.
At the front, the headlight lenses are crystal clear and the indicator/reflector lenses show no hint of fogging often associated with a car of this age. The same may be said for the rear light clusters. A cursory glance down each flank shows no evidence of collision damage and all apertures open and close as intended.
Overall, the exterior condition of this iconic British coupé is indicative of the love and care afforded to it by its post-restorative keepers – while still being regularly enjoyed out on the open road where it belongs. Such an attitude towards classic car ownership and responsibility is a credit to its current keeper.
• Fitted upgrades for modern driving conditions.
• Five-speed automatic replaced manual ‘box.
• All mechanicals were rebuilt or refurbished during restoration.
• Electric starter button makes life easier.
During the restoration, the engine was fully reconditioned where possible, replaced where necessary, as were the brake system, drivetrain, steering system and suspension. At the time it was out with the factory-fitted four-speed manual gearbox and in with a new, ZF-sourced five-speed automatic transmission which transforms the way the car drives and behaves in modern traffic.
The rebuilt 3.4-litre in-line six powerplant is a dream to drive and pulls strongly to more than keep up with modern traffic conditions.
While at the photo location, the Jaguar was frequently repositioned to obtain the best of what was challenging light burning through a riverside fog. The car started first and every time via its electric starter button and settled into an appreciative six-pot burble. The automatic gearbox connected smoothly, including Reverse and Drive engaged with no drama, requiring a light feathering of the accelerator to get underway.
The custodian reports the car to be in exceptional mechanical condition with steering, brakes, engine, drivetrain and running gear performing as well as their respective British engineers intended over 60 years ago. Indeed, the level of confidence in the car is such that several local and foreign roads trips have been enjoyed, all planned and undertaken with the fullest of confidence in the car’s ability to undertake longer trips.
Like the immediately visible parts of this car, the chromed lower sills present in excellent order and the underside exhibits zero degree of natural oxidation that may reasonably be expected on a car of this age.
The XK150 was offered in three body styles - the Fixed Head Coupé (FHC), the Drop Head Coupé (DHC) and the open two-seat Roadster (OTS). Between 1957 and 1961, a total of 9,382 XK150’s were built, of which 2,672 were Drop Head Coupés, one very fine example of which is offered here.
It is hugely important to keep classic cars like this 64-year-old Jaguar on the road and to encourage the next generation to continue to do so. You can’t beat seeing a child waving or smiling at your car, hearing a ‘Wow!’ or ‘Cool!’ and hoping they draw inspiration from the occasion sometime in their future.
In addition, membership to the International Jaguar XK Club is open to everyone with historic, current and future interest in classic XK120s, 140s and 150s and its members are as knowledgeable, helpful and enthusiastic as they come.
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