15th Mar, 2023 13:00

Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire

Lot 39

1959 Jaguar XK150 S 3.4 Litre Drophead Coupe

Sold for £135,000

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 1827 PX
Chassis No: T827442DN
MOT: Exempt

  • Finished in Old English White with Black hood and Red Leather interior
  • An original UK right-hand example drive with matching numbers
  • One of 662 examples built
  • c.600 miles completed since its comprehensive restoration
  • Manual overdrive and original registration number

We are delighted to offer what can only be described as a very desirable XK – an original UK supplied 150 S Drophead Coupe fitted with manual overdrive gearbox and complete with its original registration mark ‘1827 PX’. The vendor further advises it to be a matching numbers example. According to an accompanying letter and dating sheet from Jaguar Cars Ltd (dated 1981) it is one of just 662 right-hand drive Drophead Coupes produced out of a production run of just 2,671. Chassis T827442DN was completed on 1st September 1959 and dispatched to supplying dealer Henlys of London on 13th September 1959. The first owner is recorded as being Metachemical Processes Ltd of Crawley, Sussex.

In 1980, the car was acquired by a previous owner based in Essex, who set about an extensive restoration which would take more than twenty years. The engine, gearbox and differential were stripped and overhauled whilst the brightwork was re-chromed to a high standard. The interior and boot space were retrimmed and a new hood was sourced from highly-respected trimmers M. C. Turley (Jaguar Restorations) Limited. Now offered with a large portfolio of invoices and photographs, this rare 150 – which is said to be as pristine underneath as it is on top - has covered just c.611 miles since completion of the work.

Finished in Old English White with Red leather and a Black hood, we understand a number of upgrades were also incorporated, including; 4 pot front calipers, 420 servo and brake master cylinder, braided hoses, a 6 branch stainless steel exhaust manifold with complete stainless-steel exhaust system, 16” stainless steel wire wheels, 123 electronic distributor and single 12 volt battery with an isolator switch for peace of mind.

The final iteration of the XK sportscar series and the last Jaguar to carry a separate chassis, the XK150 was introduced in May 1957. Whilst its use of independent torsion bar front suspension, a 'live' leaf sprung rear axle and rack and pinion steering mirrored the practice of its XK140 predecessor the new model benefited from all round Dunlop disc brakes. Stylistically, it was brought up to date with less ostentatious curves and a larger, wrap-around single-piece windscreen. The dashboard too was altered, eschewing wood trim for padded leather. With the E-Type still very much under development, Jaguar was keen to sustain the sporting reputation that five remarkable Le Mans victories had earned it (1951, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957). Thus from late 1959 onwards, the XK150 could be had in both 3442cc and 3781cc guises and to normal, 'SE' or ultimate 'S' specification.

Available in Roadster, Drophead or Fixed Head Coupe form, just 9,395 XK150s were manufactured at the Jaguar Cars factory in Coventry between 1957 and the spring of 1961, when the model was replaced by the comparatively high-volume E-Type. A large portfolio of invoices and photos are included, along with the full toolkit and jack and the V5C.

For more information, please contact:
John Markey
07943 584767


Auction: Imperial War Museum | Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 15th Mar, 2023

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