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The consignor acquired this example in 2010 from a Jaguar collector located in Tampa, Florida and began a comprehensive, nut-and-bolt restoration that fall, beginning with disassembly, sandblasting, and powder coating the frame and suspension. In 2011, the car was handed over to Chad Martin in Saluda, South Carolina, where the body was stripped to bare metal and all necessary repairs were made before it was repainted. Nationally recognized Jaguar restorer, George Camp of Columbia, South Carolina, installed a fresh dark blue leather interior, a new windshield and various trim parts were replated. All other systems including the electrical, dashboard instruments, cooling and fuel systems were restored or replaced. The Jaguar received all new rubber seals, and a new wire loom. The engine, transmission, and rear axle were rebuilt to factory specifications. New radial tires were also fitted on sparkling chrome wire wheels.
After a three-year restoration, completed at a cost in excess of $125,000, the consignor entered it in the JCNA-sanctioned regional Capitol City Classic Concours d’Elegance on October 12, 2013, where it scored a near- perfect 99.02 points.
This elegant Jaguar is supplied with a dark blue canvas tonneau cover that matches its new top, an operating manual, jack, a full tool kit, and grease gun. A JDHT Certificate and restoration photographs are also provided.
For the Jaguar enthusiast looking to capture a stunning and award-winning example for show or tour, this beautifully restored XK150 S demands serious consideration.
Jaguar’s muscular XK150 was the last of the classic sports car series that began with the introduction of the iconic XK120 in 1948. Nearly 8,000 XK150s were produced from the 1958 through the 1961 model years, and of that number, the most powerful was the “S” version, which boasted triple carburetors and 250 hp.
XK150s were built on a 102" wheelbase, with independent torsion-bar front suspension and a live rear axle. Displacing 3.4 litres (a 3.8 engine was also available) with an aluminum cross-flow cylinder head and 9:1 compression, the XK150 S was a true performance car for its day, sprinting to 60 mph in under eight seconds and easily seeing 130 mph.
The XK150 boasted precise rack-and-pinion steering and very effective Dunlop disc brakes, developed for Jaguar’s highly successful Le Mans racing program. Interiors were finely trimmed in leather, and a full complement of instruments filled the dashboard. Most 150s were fitted with a manual four-speed gearbox and electric overdrive.
With a price of $5,120, the XK150 S was described by Jaguar expert Nigel Thorley as being “an exceptional car for the money, and well-suited for the (American) market.”