When you think about Jaguars, the first thing that pops into your mind would be understated and elegant cars with powerful engines and strong motorsports pedigree, most notably at Le Mans. The XK150 is no exception. Introduced in May 1957 in fixed head and drophead coupe options, the XK150 was the third and final iteration of the XK series, which began in 1948 as the XK120.
The XK150 is based on a box-type steel chassis also used on the Mark V saloon, but in a much more simplified way with the focus on being a light yet nimble car.
Under the bonnet is the same 3.4-litre inline engine used on the XK140 that produces 210 horsepower, with the “S” model reaching 250 horsepower. Designed by William Heynes, the engine was fitted with two SU H6 carburettors with a compression ratio of 8.0:1. Later in 1959, a 3.8-litre engine was introduced, bumping the output to 220 horsepower, while the “S” model’s output was increased to 265 horsepower. Mated to a 4-speed with a top speed of 219 km/h, this was the most powerful and refined XK to date at that time.
The XK150 concluded its production in November 1960, with 9,365 units built overall. Just 4 months after it was discontinued, the now-legendary E-Type, was introduced as the successor to the XK and began production.
This example is chassis no. “S830824”, and is the 1961 model year. This car has a classic combination of red exterior and tanned interior with a three-spoke steering wheel wrapped with wood. It currently has 17,483 kilometers on the odometer and is in great condition.
Year/Make/Model: Jaguar XK150