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Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1957→1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

The third and final model in the XK line was the XK150. Easily identified by its new curved windshield, this model benefited from years of development since the first XK120 was launch in 1948. Jaguar described the roadster as “the same as the Hardtop Coupe, but with a convertible top, covered in the finest mohair, with fully lined interior, completely concealing the hood mechanism. Added seating accommodations in the rear for two children or one adult.”

One of the most important developments of the XK150 was the adoption of Dunlop disc brakes. These were often the focal point of the brochures which explained how the disc brake was first used on the Le Mans-winning C-Type of 1953.

Two of the availble options for the XK150 included an automatic transmission and wire wheels.

An optional Special Equipment Model was available which used the B-Type cylinder head and twin SU HD6 carburetors for 210 bhp. Other refinements included wire wheels, dual exhuast, windscreen washers. Above and beyond the SE model was the S-Type which used a straight-port cylinder head and three HD8 SU carburetors for 250 bhp @ 5500 rpm.

1957 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe Gallery

In Detail

type Series Production Car
production years 1957 – 1959
built at Coventry, England
engine Inline-6
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Cast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Heads
valvetrain Chain-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Twin SU Carburetors
displacement 3442 cc / 210.04 in³
bore 83 mm / 3.3 in
stroke 106 mm / 4.2 in
compression 8.0:1
power 141.7 kw / 190 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 55.2 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 131.03 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs or optional Spoked Wires
front tires Dunlop 6.00×16
rear tires Dunlop 6.00×16
front brakes Dunlop Discs w/Power Assist
rear brakes Dunlop Discs w/Power Assist
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Wishbones w/Torsion Bars, Telescopic Shock Absobers
r suspension Live Axle w/Half-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absobers
curb weight 1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase 2590.8 mm / 102 in
front track 1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
rear track 1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
width 1333.5 mm / 52.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual w/Optional Laycock Overdrive
tran clutch Borg & Beck 10in
fuel capacity 63.65 litres or 16.80 gal.

Auction Sales History

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1958 Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupe S837089 – sold for $100,000 Rust free car bought from Steve Krantz in Illinois. Restoration done by Mario Sueiras from 2005 to 2007. Driven about 150 miles since the restoration. XKS Unlimited parts and interior. Stored in dry garage. 11% buyers premium on this automobile, Import duties have been paid. Auction Source: Monterey 2014 by Mecum Auctions

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1957 Jaguar XK150 SE 3.4 Drophead Coupe – sold for $143,000 Exquisitely restored example. Multiple-time JCNA Award Winner. Desirable Special Equipment model. Finished in period correct Imperial Maroon over Biscuit. Offered with Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. Auction Source: 2014 Quail Lodge Auction by Bonhams

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Roadster S831863DN – sold for €89,600 Matching numbers with subtle upgrades. Special Equipment model presented in desirable, original factory colours. The last and most sophisticated in the legendary XK series. Auction Source: 2014 Monaco by RM Auctions

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1959 Jaguar XK150 3.4-Litre Drophead Coupé S827338BW – sold for €84,000 This example of one of the most sought-after of XK150 variants was owned from 1965 to 2006 by John Hall, a senior musician in HM Band of Scots Guards, during whose ownership it was laid up for almost 30 years. ‘299 TOD’ was then the subject of a ‘ground upwards’ restoration. The body was rebuilt with new floors, boot floor, sills and ‘A’ and ‘B’ pillars, etc and then finished in Jaguar Carmen Red using modern paints and rust-proofing materials.  Auction Source: 2012 Goodwood Revival Sale by Bonhams

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1958 Jaguar XK150SE 3.4-Litre Drop-Head Coupé – sold for €48,300 This XK150SE was restored around ten years ago while in private ownership in Holland and purchased by the current owner a few years ago. Noteworthy features include rally seats and a trip master. Offered with Netherlands registration papers.  Auction Source: The Paris Sale 2012 by Bonhams

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupe

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.4 Drophead Coupé – sold for €51,161 Finished in red with a black interior, this example was purchased by the current owner in 1988 from a Geneva resident who had acquired it from a Mr. J. Cassidy, an Irish gentleman who imported the car into Switzerland two years earlier. Following his acquisition of the car, the current owner commissioned a full restoration, which was completed in Switzerland in 1991 at a cost of 122,000 CHF. Upon completion, the car joined the owner’s private collection, and although it has been used quite sparingly, it has reportedly been well maintained ever since. It was first registered in Switzerland in 1994 and has regularly passed its technical inspections, including its most recent one in 2008. Auction Source: 2011 Salon Privé Auction by RM