For Sale: 1958 Jaguar XK150 in Philadelphia , Pennsylvania

Vehicle Description

- Chassis # S 830696

- Engine # V 4415-8
- Numbers Matching And Finished In Its Original Colors
- Long Term California Resident Complete With Desirable Black Plates
- A Nice Driver Quality Example Ready For Thorough Enjoyment
- Includes Factory Tools, Spare, Jack, Period Photos, Heritage Certificate, And Available Service Documentation

The final development of what began as the XK120, the XK150 was released in 1957 just one year shy of its predecessor’s 10th anniversary. In this time, Jaguar had gone to work refining and upgrading their beloved sports car both mechanically and cosmetically. By the time the XK150 hit the showroom floor, a rack and pinion steering system had been employed to control the front wheels along with telescoping shock absorbers. Additionally, the Coventry firm’s inspired development of disc brakes had been placed on the options list for the XK150 marking a drastic improvement in stopping power. Their experience on the race track had also brought about developments to the wonderful DOHC inline 6-cylinder motor and it was available in a number of specifications which began with a base double SU carburetor 3.4-liter unit and ended with a high performance bored out 3.8 liter, triple carb motor. Like before, Jaguar’s sports car could be had in 3 different flavors: an open-top two-seater, drop-head coupe, and a fixed head coupe. 

Stylistically, the XK150 shared a similar form to its predecessors. However, the lines of the vehicle had been revised to fall more in line with its contemporaries. As such, the pre-war evoking dropped shoulder line was swapped out for a higher, straight-sided look. Generally, the XK150 possesses a smoother, wider look much like other bath-tub style cars from the mid-1950s. Proportionally, the car had also grown to accommodate those with larger frames and this further allowed a more comfortable driving position thanks to adjustments of the steering wheel and seat placements. Further developments included the adoption of a single-piece windscreen and a wider front grille and hood. All in, the XK150 represents a major ergonomic upgrade over its siblings. 

The 1958 Jaguar XK150, chassis #S830696, offered here is a wonderful 3 owner, matching numbers (engine #V4415-8)  example originally delivered to a presumed UCLA professor named Richard Kornhauser of Escondido, California. Both the original vehicle title and the Jaguar Heritage Certificate confirm this information and like most Jags of the period, it arrived onto our shores through Hoffman Motorcars in New York. Importantly, the Jaguar is a bonafide CA black plate example. After over 20 years in the dry southwest climate, the XK150 was purchased by a Nazareth, Pennsylvania-based individual in 1982. At some point within this new ownership, the Jaguar had its interior refinished in the delivery correct specification of red. Consistently well cared for, the vehicle was preserved in climate-controlled storage during this period. When the property which held the car was sold in 2016 when the current owner became the next caretaker. 

During the same year as the sale of the property, the Jaguar was sent to K&T Vintage Sports Cars LLC of Allentown, PA for a recommissioning. Invoices on file detail the numerous jobs performed on the vehicle which included fixing a coolant leak issue with new hoses and a new radiator. Additionally, some wiring issues were fixed within the dash to address an ill-functioning turn signal along with some other electrical gremlins. Further, the car received new tires and chrome wheels (the originals will be included upon sale.) Lastly, the new mirrors were fitted along with a new clutch slave cylinder. Additional work is detailed in these invoices and is available for viewing. 

Thanks to its extended stay in the dry California environment, this XK150 presents as a wonderful driver-quality car with minimal signs of corrosion. There is a lovely mix of original and new parts as the Jaguar was repaired as needed throughout its life. While some cosmetic flaws are apparent, they are inviting in quality and alleviate any anxiety one might have of damaging the car on a drive. Today, the XK still wears its attractive delivery colors of cream over red leather and additionally, the Jaguar sports disc brakes. Further evidence of the care placed onto this XK150, it arrives complete with a wonderful suite of accouterment including original tools in reproduction roll, jack, owner’s manual, and a new spare tire. 

A well-preserved example such as this is sure to remain a desirable entity within the classic car hobby for decades to come. As the final evolution of the XK nameplate first introduced in the 1940s, these cars are well refined and comfortable to operate. They offer everything one could want from a classic Jag: handsome looks, a sonorous, powerful motor, and sporty handling.

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Vehicle Details

  • 1958 Jaguar XK150
  • Listing ID:CC-1539090
  • Price:$95,000 (OBO)
  • Location:Philadelphia , Pennsylvania
  • Year:1958
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:XK150
  • Exterior Color:White
  • Interior Color:Red
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:0
  • Convertible:Yes
  • Trim Level:Roadster
  • VIN: S 830696
  • Title Status:Clear
  • Restoration History:Fully Restored
  • Exterior Condition:Very Good
  • Seat Material:Leather

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