1959 Jaguar XK 150S Roadster

Jaguar people may argue, but I believe the 150’s appeal lies in the “creature comforts” our traveling companions often demand

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Jaguar’s series of XK sports cars established the company’s reputation as a manufacturer of good-looking, fast automobiles sold at a reasonable price. The 1949 launch of the XK 120 caused a sensation and, at the time, its 120 mph top speed established it as the fastest standard production car available. The introduction of the XK 140 in 1955 saw performance increased to a top speed of 140 mph, while rack-and-pinion steering and a host of other minor modifications produced a more modern-looking and -handling car.

The XK 150, launched in the spring of 1957, was the last of the traditional 1950s Jaguar sports car before the sensational XKE came along in 1961. Although similar in appearance to its predecessors, the XK 150 was substantially different in many details. While retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-liter engine, and 4-speed Moss transmission of the earlier cars, the XK 150 was clothed in a new, wider body. Visibility was improved by using a one-piece wraparound windscreen, while a revised fender line and altered radiator grille were among the exterior revisions. Dunlop disc brakes on all four wheels rectified a deficiency that was present on the earlier models and provided all-around performance for the XK 150.

A year after the XK 150 was launched, the S model was introduced. This included three two-inch SU HD8 carburetors, a revised Weslake cylinder head, and high-compression pistons. Power was now increased to 250 hp and 0-60 could be achieved in a little over 7 seconds. Out of a total production of 2,265 XK 150 roadsters, only 926 were to S specifications and today they are highly prized.

This XK 150S Roadster has recently undergone a complete restoration to a high standard and is complete with factory tool roll and fitted leather luggage. A superb example of an attractive car with the most desirable specification, this Jaguar is certain to provide entertaining motoring for its next owner.

Carl Bomstead

Carl Bomstead - SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Carl has been writing for SCM for 19 years. His first article appeared in the February 1997 issue, and at least one of his articles has appeared in every issue since. When he’s not writing, he serves as a National Director for the Classic Car Club of America and tends to his extensive collection of automobilia. He has been a judge at the Pebble Beach Concours d’Elegance for the past 20 years, and he also judges at Amelia Island and other major concours. An extensive number of collector cars have passed through his garage, and a 1947 Cadillac 62 Series convertible and a 1968 Intermeccanica Italia are current residents.

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