1958 Jaguar XK150 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Sold for $52,250 at 2012 RM Auctions
The Jaguar XK150 was first introduced in the fall of 1957 and was intended to compete against the BMW 507 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL. It was the third and final evolution of its series and represented the best and most highly developed XK ever built. The design was similar to its predecessors with styling revisions that included the replacement of the traditional cut-down doors with a higher and more subtle beltline. The front aspect was modified with a widening to the grille and updates to the windshield with a more contemporary curved, one-piece version. The Open Two Seater (Roadster) also had the addition of roll-up side windows.
The XK150 was given power-assisted disc brakes at all four corners and powered by a dual overhead cam six-cylinder engine breathing through dual SU carburetors.
This 1958 example is one of only 1,297 examples of the 3.4-liter roadsters built. It is finished in red with black upholstery and has newly fitted carpeting.
In 2012, the car was offered for sale at the RM Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. It was estimated to sell for $60,000-$80,000 and offered without reserve. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $52,250 inclusive of buyer's premium.By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2012
Chassis Num: T831867DN
Engine Num: VS1715-9
Sold for $133,700 at 2013 Bonhams
The XK 150 was introduced in 1957 and remained in production until superseded by the E-Type in 1961. A total of 9,382 examples were built of which only 2,172 were left hand drive 'open two seater' models. The roadster version is the rarest XK 150 mod [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
The XK150 is powered by a 3,442 cc, in-line, six-cylinder, double-over-head cam engine developing 213 horsepower with a top speed of 123 mph. It has a 4-speed manual transmission. The chassis consists of rack-and-pinion steering, front independent to [Read More...]
Sold for $104,500 at 2010 Gooding & Company
Sold for $110,000 at 2013 Gooding & Company
This XK150S was originally finished in black and was officially manufactured on September 12, 1958, and exported to Jaguar Cars New York just over two weeks later. The car has been repainted Carmen Red and its original 3.4-liter engine was replaced w [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | May 2013
Chassis Num: S830856DN
Engine Num: VS1205-9
Sold for $242,000 at 2014 Bonhams
This Jaguar XK150S has won more than 80 Concours awards over the past 15 years. Currently, the car still holds 100 point status with the Jaguar Club of North America. In 2012 it was National Champion, a position it has held since 1998. [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Jan 2014
Chassis Num: S837510DN
Engine Num: NC5054-8
Sold for $62,700 at 2005 RM Auctions
Sold for $57,750 at 2005 RM Auctions
Sold for $68,750 at 2011 RM Auctions
Sold for $57,200 at 2016 Bonhams
The Jaguar XK150 was a progressive developed of the XK120 and XK140. It retained the same basic chassis, 3-liter engine, and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors. It gained a wider body which allowed for more interior space and improved v [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
Chassis Num: T831629DN
Engine Num: VS1543-9
This Jaguar XK150 has the 'S' specification motor which offers 250 horsepower. It is finished in Carmen red over black and was dispatched from the works on November 26, 1958 to Jaguar Cars, New York. Its first owner was Mr. J. Bergstrom Cocoa Beach, [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2016
Chassis Num: T831825DN
Engine Num: VS1681-9
Fewer than 900 examples of the 3.4-liter XK150 S were produced. They featured SU carburetors, straight-port head, upgraded camshafts, and a lightened flywheel. Late-production XKs were equipped with Le Mans-proven Dunlop disc brakes. [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | May 2016
This is a true barn find that was purchased disassembled. The rolling chassis was located under the barn. The engine and transmission were in the chicken coop and the body was on a homemade jig made out of water pipes. The rest of the car was in boxe [Read More...]
Sold for $71,500 at 2017 RM Auctions
This XK 150 Fixed Head Coupe was completed on June 9th of 1958 and shipped to Jaguar Cars in New York City in July of that same year. It was titled as a 1959 model year vehicle. It is believed that the car was sold to a buyer in California, than to a [Read More...]By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
In 1957 Jaguar introduced the XK150, a replacement for the XK140. The XK140 had been a replacement for the XK120 which had started the XK series with its elegant styling and impressive 120 mph capabilities. At the time, the XK120 was the fastest production vehicle in the world. The XK150 had many similarities to its predecessors but it featured modern styling and improved mechanics.
When the XK150 was introduced, it could be purchased in DropHead Coupe or FixedHead Coupe configuration. The Open Two Seater (OTS) Roadster version appeared a year later.
The base engine was a DOHC 3.4 liter straight-six that produced 180 horsepower. Most of the vehicles were outfitted with the SE version which had a modified cylinder head, dual SU HD6 carburetors, and larger exhaust valves bringing the horsepower rating to 210. Performance was further increased in 1958 when Jaguar enlarged the bore bringing the liter capacity to 3.8 and the horsepower rating to 220. The 'S' model featured three SU HD8 carburetors and a modified cylinder head bringing the horsepower rating to 260.
The XK120 suffered from poor steering. This was resolved by the adaptation of a rack-and-pinion unit on the XK140. The XK150 used the similar rack-and-pinion configuration, though still lacking power-assistance. The chassis was also similar to its predecessor. Disc brakes were standard on all four corners of the vehicle. The wheels could be ordered as Wire or as discs wheels.
Improvements continued in the interior of the vehicle. With roll-up door windows and door handles, the XK150 was more civilized. The longer hood meant the XK150 Roadsters were just a two seater unlike its 2+2 predecessors.
During its production lifespan lasting from 1958 through 1961, the Fixed Head Coupes were the most popular with 4445 examples being created. That figure was followed by the Drop Head Coupes with around 2670 examples. There were around 2260 Roadsters produced. The Roadster production figures would have been higher if they had not been introduced ten months after the Fixed and Drophead Coupe versions.
The XK150 continued the elegance and performance established by the XK120 and reinforced by the XK140. The long flowing lines of the hood gracefully curved towards the vertical grille which hid a potent engine that made the car legendary.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
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