Cars and trucks come in all shapes and sizes. Some cars are big and muscular, some are sleek as well as stylish, some are sophisticated and stylish. And then there’s the Jaguar XK150, a late 50s cars that took care of to incorporate all of the above into one highly collectable plan …
Jaguar began life as the Swallow Sidecar Firm in 1922. As the firm advanced from making sidecars, to making cars and truck bodies, to making full cars, the firm’s name altered first to SS Autos, after that in 1945 to Jaguar Cars.
The very first sports car generated by Jaguar Cars (although a number of previous SS cars had ‘Jaguar’ in the design name) was the XK120, which was released as an open two-seater roadster at the London Motor Show in 1948, as well as which at launch was the fastest production cars and truck in the world, flaunting a top speed of 120mph (193km/h).
Fixed-head and also drophead coupé models were included in the range in 1951 and also 1953 respectively, before the XK120 was changed in 1954 by the Jaguar XK140, which had more interior area, better brakes, larger bumpers and also, from 1956 onwards, optional automatic transmission. Again, roadster, fixed-head coupé and also drophead coupé versions were readily available– and also once more the vehicle was phased out after simply a couple of years, to be changed in Might 1957 by the XK150.
The new automobile had a one-piece windshield (compared to its predecessors’ split-screens), a wider bonnet (hood, if you read this in the United States), as well as a leather-trimmed dashboard. It was powered initially by a 3.4 L straight-six engine, though in 1960 this was boosted to a 3.8 L engine.
Over the car’s 3.5 years in manufacturing, renovations to the carburettor gradually increased its power outcome from 190 bhp to 210, 250 and ultimately 265 bhp. SE (‘unique tools’) and S versions were likewise readily available, the former having a slightly fine-tuned engine while the S version included a triple- rather than double-headed SU carburettor.
The 3.4 L cars and truck had a top speed of 132mph (212km/h) as well as could speed up from 0-60mph (0-97km/ h) in 7.8 secs– figures which went over sufficient for the XK150 to hang onto its “fastest production vehicle” standing for a couple of even more years. Yet like its precursors, the XK150 had a relatively brief production life, mostly because it was quick being beat by opponents such as the Mercedes 300SL as well as Austin Healey 3000. The last automobile rolled off the production line in October 1960, by which time Jaguar had offered 4,445 fixed-head coupés, 2,672 drophead coupés and also 2,265 roadsters.
Jaguar would have greater success with its following sports car, the E-Type (or Jaguar XK-E, as it was known in America), moving some 70,000 in the years 1961 to 1975. Yet certainly, the relative rarity of the XK150 becomes part of the reason it’s so desired today …
Just how to Obtain Your Hands on One.
All Jaguar XK autos are very collectable today, with roadsters one of the most highly in-demand, adhered to by drophead and then fixed-head coupés– their costs showing the particular vehicles’ rarity. The most collectable of all is the XK150S roadster– partly since for this version Jaguar rejected the two (relatively token) rear seats, thus producing considerably even more leg space for the motorist.
At time of composing, one such vehicle was being provided online for the eye-watering sum of ₤ 349,995– however before you have a heart attack, rest assured a lot more budget-friendly XK150’s are available! The least expensive we can discover online was opting for ₤ 49,251, although that was a part-restoration job: generally, expect to pay anywhere from ₤ 80K-₤ 120K, approximately around ₤ 150K depending upon mileage, condition as well as design.
It deserves noting that E-Types from the 1960s can be had for significantly much less, so for the new Jaguar purchaser that could be a more sensible place to look. Yet as desirable as an E-Type could be, possessing one just will not provide you the exact same bragging rights as having an XK150.