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1959 Jaguar XK150

History

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

1959 Vehicle Profiles

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Roadster

The most elegant Jaguar Sport Car, with only 1903 examples ever built between 1958 thru 1961. This 1959 Jaguar XK150 Drop Head is a superb is a rare model that is fast becoming the most sought after XK Jaguar. With its beautiful creme paint and new....[continue reading]

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Roadster

This vehicle is a very rare automobile, as only 72 of this model were fitted wtih automatic transmissions.....[continue reading]

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: VS17159

Production of the Jaguar XK150 began in the spring of 1957 and would become the last of the tradition 1950s Jaguars. Although similar in appearance to the XKE cars it was replaced, it was certainly a different machine. It retained the same basic ch....[continue reading]

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: T831505DN
Engine Num: VS1469-9

This 1959 Jaguar XK150S 3.4-Liter Roadster was brought to the 2007 Bonhams Auction, An Important Sale of Collectors' Motorcars and Automobilia, held at the Quail Lodge Resort & Golf Club in Carmel, California. The car was sold for a high bid ....[continue reading]

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: T831686DN

The Jaguar XK150 was introduced in the fall of 1957 and was intended to compete against the BMW 507 and the Mercedes 300SL. This was the third and final evolution of its series, and was the best and most highly developed XK ever built. In the spring ....[continue reading]

1959 Jaguar XK150 vehicle information

Coupe

Chassis Num: T835997DN
Engine Num: VS1731-9

There were fewer than 200 examples of the 150S 3.4 Coupe produced. This particular example was constructed on January 12, 1959 and was originally shipped to Jaguar Cars New York. It left the factory painted in Pearl Grey over red and sold to Ray Mill....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: VS17159 
Roadster
Chassis #: T831505DN 
Roadster
Chassis #: T831686DN 
Coupe
Chassis #: T835997DN 

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Performance and Specification Comparison

Price Comparison

$590-$4,522
1959 XK150
$5,100-$22,750
1959 Jaguar XK150 Price Range: $4,522 - $5,100

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jaguar
1964Chevrolet (2,318,619)Ford (1,594,053)Toyota (1,068,321)4,018
1963Chevrolet (2,237,201)Ford (1,525,404)Fiat (957,941)4,421
1962Chevrolet (2,061,677)Ford (1,476,031)Fiat (957,941)4,442
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)3,422
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)4,934
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)5,839
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,607
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)3,685
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)3,685
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)3,573
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)3,349

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