Introduced in May 1957, the new XK150 built on Jaguar’s rich heritage including the XK120 and XK140 before it, marking the third and final evolution of the brilliant XK-series sports cars from Jaguar. While continuing to use a shortened Mark V chassis and bearing a strong resemblance to its predecessors, the XK150 was slightly wider and featured cleaner styling with a higher and more subtle beltline replacing the trendy cut-down doors of the XK120 and XK140. A wider grille element improved engine cooling and a modern one-piece curved windscreen provided improved forward visibility. At launch, the XK150 was available in both Fixed Head and Drophead Coupe body styles, with the Open Two-Seater (Roadster) following them to market by March 1958.
From the start, Jaguar applied the lessons gained from competition to its sporting road cars, which steadily grew in performance and sophistication. A clear case of racing improving the breed, the XK150 was Jaguar’s first road model equipped with Dunlop four-wheel disc brakes, which played a key role in the company’s second Le Mans victory with the C-Type in 1953. Until late 1959, Jaguar’s already-legendary XK DOHC inline ‘six’ powered the XK150 in 3.4-liter form with a stout 190-bhp rating. While the XK150 was designed strictly as a fast, GT-oriented road car, a few committed privateers campaigned it to good effect, including the GT-class win at the 1960 Tulip Rally and Walt Hansgen’s creditable third-place podium at Bridgehampton in June 1960.
Bearing Chassis Number S838005, this original left-hand drive XK150 Drophead Coupe (DHC) was built on January 6, 1959, and dispatched on January 23, 1959, to America via Jaguar Cars, New York. Continuing to sport its original color combination of Black paint, Red upholstery, and a Black convertible top, this XK150 retains the original body and original, matching numbers DOHC ‘XK’ engine with dual SU carburetors. In addition to its intrinsic desirability, this 1959 Jaguar XK150 is quite rare according to marque experts as one of just 2,682 examples produced with the Drophead Coupe body style, 2,133 of which – including this XK150 – were original Export models.
Owned by the previous owner from 2006 to mid-2021, this XK150 continues to benefit from restoration and proper maintenance and mechanical sorting for an excellent driving experience on command. Thoughtful upgrades for enhanced reliability include an extra-capacity aluminum radiator and electric cooling fan for enjoyment on long-distance tours and spirited drives. A recent mechanical service performed in April 2021 include a fuel tank service, ignition servicing, an oil change and installation of new spark plugs and a new fuel filter. A thorough detailing included paint correction. Accompanying documents include a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, a maintenance and service booklet, and an owner’s manual, plus a selection of work orders and service receipts. Featuring great colors and ddelivering immense character and presence, this sophisticated 1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-litre Drophead Coupe it is more than worthy of continued preservation and appreciation, just as it has enjoyed under the prior ownership.
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