My Classic Car
The Jaguar XK150 classic sports car was manufactured by the Jaguar company to replace the XK140 model. This car was produced between 1957 and 1961 and was available in two versions: fixed head coupe and drop head coupe. While the history is fascinating this is the kind of car I can call my classic car.
The XK150 was released by Jaguar in 1957 and it was a considerable improvement from its predecessors, XK120 and XK140. It had a 3.4 liters DOHC engine and a four speed Moss transmission. Also, the new body of the car was focused on increasing the interior space and on offering good visibility. Even if the car’s final touches represented a mixture between the XK120 and the XK140, it also had a lot of different features, such as a higher front wing, a new broader radiator grille or the leather car interior.
For the 1958 Jaguar XK150 the transmission options were the Borg-Warner automatic gearbox and the overdrive. The XK150 with steel wheels and with all the improvements made by Jaguar is a rarity on the market, making it my classic car option. Besides disc brakes, the Jaguar V8 classic sports car was the first post war sports car available on the market with a choice available between engine sizes. Jaguar also manufactured the “special model” of the XK150 powered by “S” versions of each engine.
The 1958 Jaguar XK150 classic sports car was a better version of the first XK150 model. It had a manual overdrive gearbox, triple carburetors and a powerful engine. The engine had a gold painted cylinder head and three carburetors. The model’s performance was increased by enlarging the bore that improved horsepower, now able to reach 220. New improvements were made to the interior of the car as well, making the XK150 more civilized by adding roll-up door windows and door handles. This 1958 XK150 model is a rare car, because only 282 units were built back then and only 115 of these were fixed head coupe, available on the local market.
In 1960, Jaguar replaced its 3.4 engine with a 3.8 liters engine that was rated to 220 hp in standard tune or to 265 hp for the XK150 “S” model. The top-speed was of 217 km/h and the car was able to go from zero to 60 mph in only 7.0 seconds. Moreover, the Dunlop 12 inch discs brakes were used for the first time. The suspension and the chassis were similar with those used for the XK140.
The most popular model of XK150, built between 1958 and 1961 was the fixed head coupe that was sold in 4445 units, followed by the 2670 units of drop head coupes sold and by the 2260 Roadsters ever produced. The production of the XK150 model is the most significant one because it had the most adaptable and log-lived engine designed in the postwar history.
The Jaguar XK 150 classic car carried on the elegance and the rapidity of the XK120 and the XK140 and became a legend because of its long flowing lines of the hood. This classic sports car has the long lasting British charm that distinguishes it from any other car and makes it a winning candidate for my classic car list. It’s an amazing classic car that still impresses everyone. Therefore is considered a good investment by classic car collectors from all over the world.
What can I say? The Jaguar remains a great brand to this very day and gives the saying “a cat has nine lives” a completely new meaning. That’s my kind of classic car!