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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 4th December 2010 Car - 12/04/2010 / 1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupé / Lot 28
Although having a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically modernized. A one piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors. The bonnet was widened, opened down to the wings, and on the roadster the bulkhead was moved back 4 inches to make the bonnet longer. In the interior, the XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by a leather trimmed unit. On the early drophead coupés, an aluminum centre dash panel with an X pattern engraving was fitted which looked similar to the early 3.8 E-type. It was discontinued after June 1958 and thinner doors gave more interior space. The standard engine, the same as fitted to the XK140, was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-6 rated at 180bhp at 5750rpm but most cars were fitted with the SE engine that had a modified cylinder head with larger exhaust valves rated at 210bhp at 5500rpm. Twin 1.75-inch SU HD6 carburetors were fitted. Four-wheel Dunlop 12 in disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified and the suspension and chassis were very similar to that on the XK140. These were high performance, well appointed sports touring cars and could cope with long distances with alacrity. This XK150 fixed head coupé is finished in carmen red coachwork with magnolia leather hide and is fitted with automatic transmission. Delivered new to the United States, this car was originally left hand drive but has since been converted to right hand drive following its importation to the UK in 1991 and it's understood that FSK 133 was repainted after being imported. Presented in running order and fully UK registered, this handsome XK offers real value for money and would suit an enthusiast who could spend the winter months gently improving the car in readiness for the 2011 motoring season.