At its introduction in 1957 the XK 150 represented a much larger change from the XK 140 than that which accompanied the change from XK 120 to XK 140. The body shell had a completely new appearance, continuing a resemblance to the earlier XKs but more streamlined and subtly modified to widen the passenger compartment. The biggest change in the chassis was introduction of 4-wheel disc brakes, taking advantage of the public's perception of Jaguar as the leader in high performance braking technology after the success of the disc-braked C-type at Le Mans. Under the hood the 3.4 liter engine remained, but now was topped by a freer-breathing B-type cylinder head giving 210 brake horsepower, still with just two SU carburetors. While legend has it that there were "standard" XK 150s most if not all of them actually delivered to customers were SE "Special Equipment" models including the 210 bhp engine, chrome wire wheels, dual exhausts, windshield washers and fog lights, like this beautifully restored and presented 1959 Fixed Head Coupe. It began its life with a Borg-Warner automatic transmission but has been changed to the more desirable and satisfying 4-speed manual transmission. It has been professionally and sympathetically restored to showroom condition without going overboard and turning the car into a trailer queen and everything has been done to very high standards, even the supporting documentation and accessories which include its books, manuals and knockoff hammer. It is a beautiful Jaguar which anyone will be proud to own, drive and show.
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