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The Quail Auction / 1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe Chassis no. S837450BW Engine no. V4071-8

Lot 35
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe
19 August 2022, 11:00 PDT
Carmel, Quail Lodge & Golf Club

US$70,000 - US$90,000

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1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe
Chassis no. S837450BW
Engine no. V4071-8

3,442cc DOHC 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
190bhp at 5,500rpm
3-Speed Borg-Warner Automatic Transmission
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Dunlop Disc Brakes

*Beautifully restored condition inside and out
*Matching numbers example per the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
*Fully evolved XK with factory 4-wheel disc brakes
*Classic Jaguar Drophead Coupe styling and strong XK power


What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar's fabulous 'XK' series of sports cars arrived in 1957. As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-liter engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140's divided screen. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model's main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes. Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and Drophead Coupe forms, the open Roadster version not appearing until the following year.


This fine XK150 rolled off the Browns Lane Jaguar plant during the summer of 1958, equipped as a left-hand drive Drophead Coupe example, fitted with the rare Borg-Warner automatic transmission and most likely destined for the booming North American Jaguar market. Today the luxurious Jaguar presents beautifully restored in Carmen Red over a black leather interior with red piping and matching red carpets. A black Convertible top is fitted, tugged away under a black top cover when down. Classic California vanity license plates are fitted, as is a badge bar out front with Jaguar club badges and Lucas driving lights. Strong chrome and bright work adorn the graceful Drophead Coupe bodywork, matched by chrome wire wheels. Stainless-steel exhaust system and header is fitted, ensuring the right symphony out of the classic XK DOHC engine.

The ID plate appears to be the original one, indicating that the car retains its matching numbers engine block and cylinder head, and the originally specified Borg-Warner automatic transmission remains in place. Offered with books and records, this luxurious, top-of-the-line model of all the XK body styles features the fully evolved XK chassis with factory 4-wheel disc brakes. Well sorted with beautiful detailing throughout, this Jaguar would be a lovely cruiser on weekend drives.

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