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Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupe '57

Jaguar XK150 Drop Head Coupe '57 (1957)

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Marchio Jaguar
Modello XK150 Drop Head Coupe '57
Tipo cabrio
Anno di costruzione 1957
KM 66978
Cilindrata 3442
Cambi manuale
Volante guida a sinistra
  • Beautiful and rare full convertible version of the last of the XK's, the 150. Better brakes, wider, more modern than its predecessors the 120 and the 140.
  • This is the DHC version, Drop Head Coupe: the model where one unfolds the roof and leaves the roof on the back of the car. And this in contrast to the OTS or Open Sports Tourer where the roof (rather difficult) needs to be folded under the body. The result is that the DHC has a lot of space inside, and even two small seats at the back.
  • Until recently, this car was used a lot for rallies and trips. New spoke wheels, an electric servo steering and many extras where put into the car to facilitate these trips .
  • Unfortunately, the car has been put aside a bit in recent years and now it needs maintenance and some paintwork to be tip top again. Hence the low price (normally the price is between € 120,000 and € 150,000). A bargain for the connoisseur.
  • With overdrive.

The Jaguar XK150 is a sports car produced by Jaguar between 1957 and 1961. It replaced the XK140.

Initially it was available in Fixed Head Coupé (FHC) and Drophead Coupé (DHC) versions. The Roadster (XK150 OTS - Open Two-Seat) was launched in 1958. Minimal rear seats were fitted in the coupés.

Although bearing a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically revised. A one-piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped so deeply at the doors. The widened bonnet opened down to the wings, and on the Roadster the bulkhead was moved back 4 inches (102 mm) to make the bonnet longer. The car was available at various times in Red, Pearl Grey, White, Indigo Blue, Claret, Cotswold Blue, Black, Mist Grey, Sherwood Green, Carmen Red, British Racing Green, Cornish Grey, and Imperial Maroon.

The XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by one trimmed in leather. On the early Drophead Coupés, the aluminium centre dash panel, which was discontinued after June 1958, had an X pattern engraving similar to the early 3.8 E-type. Thinner doors gave more interior space. On the front parking lights, which were located atop the wings (fenders), a little red light reminded the driver the lights were on.

Suspension and chassis were very similar to the XK140, and steering was by rack and pinion; power steering was not offered. The standard engine, the same as fitted to the XK140, was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-6 rated at 180 SAE bhp at 5750 rpm but most cars were fitted with the SE engine whose modified cylinder head and larger exhaust valves boosted the power to 210 SAE bhp at 5500 rpm. Twin 1.75-inch (44 mm) SU HD6 carburettors were fitted.

While the first XK150s were slower than their predecessors, the deficit was corrected in the spring of 1958 with a 3.4-litre "S" engine whose three 2-inch (51 mm) SU HD8 carburettors and straight-ported cylinder head increased power to a claimed 250 SAE bhp.

For 1960, the 3.4 litre engine was bored to 3.8 litres, rating this option at 220 hp (164 kW; 223 PS) in standard tune or 265 hp (198 kW; 269 PS) in "S" form. A 3.8 litre 150S could top 135 mph (217 km/h) and go from 0–60 mph in around 7.0 seconds. Fuel economy was 18mpg.[3] Four-wheel Dunlop 12 in (305 mm) disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. Either wire wheels or disc wheels could be specified.

Production ended in October 1960, and totaled 2265 Roadsters, 4445 Fixed Head Coupés and 2672 Drophead Coupés


  • Bodywork
  • Length – cm (in): 447 (176)
  • Width –cm (in): 164 (64.6)
  • Height – cm (in) : 136 (53.7)
  • Wheelbase – cm (in) : 259 (102)
  • Weight – kg (lb): 1430 (3156)
  • Mechanics.
  • Engine : straight-6 3442 cc (210 ci), front-mounted
  • Valves : 12
  • Fuel system : 2 SU DH6 carburettors
  • Gearbox : 4 speed + overdrive, manual7
  • Maximum power : 207 bhp at 5500 rpm
  • Torque : 291 Nm at 3000 rpm.
  • Maximum speed : 218 km/h (141 mph)
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