1957 JAGUAR XK150 3.4 FIXED HEAD COUPE
Registration No. French registered
Chassis No. S834413
Engine No. V1545-8
Black with cream leather interior.
Engine: straight-six, 3442cc, twin overhead camshaft, twin SU carburettors, 190bhp at 5500rpm; Gearbox: four-speed manual with synchromesh; Suspension; independent front by wishbones and longitudinal torsion bars, anti-roll bar, semi-elliptic leaf springs to live rear axle; Brakes: servo assisted discs; Steering; rack and pinion. Left hand drive.
Sleek and modern, faster than any production sports car before it, undeniably the sensation of the 1948 London Motor Show, the Jaguar XK 120 two-seater roadster founded a dynasty of thoroughbreds which culminated in the 3.4 litre XK150 introduced for 1960. Revised and slightly more spacious within, the luxuriously equipped coupe's coachwork featured a curved front screen. Occasional seats, suitable for children or space for luggage, were provided. With massive torque from a powerplant turned to give maximum power at lower revolutions than before, the coupe offered surging acceleration to beyond 120mph. There was revised rack and pinion steering, and with the new disc brakes and improved headlamps, the XK 150 was the most capable Jaguar high-speed grand touring car yet. The Autocar's testers approved the adjustable steering column, upright seat squab and generous seat adjustment and thought that directional stability 'added to the crew's confidence'. Few of its European competitors, not even the exotica, could outperform the XK150 and none could outbrake it. Just as previous XK Jaguars had, this version delivered unbeatable value for money with all that effortless performance.
This example was supplied new in France and has been owned by the vendor for the past 20 years; we are told it was the subject of a total restoration. Although the paintwork might benefit from some attention, the interior has been largely renewed, this work having been done to a very good standard, the colours outside and inside to original specification. The engine was started and ran smoothly but the car was not road tested by Christie's before the sale; however, the owner confirms that it drives very well. The XK has French registration documents.