1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4S Roadster
1958 Jaguar XK150 3.4S Roadster
- Rare and desirable 3.4 'S' example
- Multiple rally participant inc. Rallye de Alpes and Tiger Rally
- FIVA Passport
- Over £35,000 spent with specialist Marcus Barclay in the last 10 years alone.
The XK150 was the final evolution of the XK line that began in 1948 with the XK120, followed by the XK140 in 1954. Launched in 1957 the 150 retained much of the basic architecture of its predecessors but offered more interior room and improved visibility. Mechanically it used the same 3.4 Litre Straight Six engine found in the XK120 and XK140 but the biggest change was the disc brakes fitted as standard. The XK was always praised for its impressive straight line speed, but repeated heavy braking took its toll on the drum brakes fitted to previous XK’s.
"The combination of high speed, very vivid acceleration and safe handling qualities, of which the disc braking is especially praiseworthy, render the Jaguar a superb super sports car, more particularly because the power pours so smoothly from that dependable, docile, quiet and beautifully finished twin-cam engine." - Motorsport Magazine, October 1958
The standard version of the XK150 produced the same 190bhp of the XK150 but one could also specify a ‘Special Equipment’ model with 210bhp and the top of the range ‘S’ with a punchy 250bhp.
“There are few cars made anywhere in the World which combine the speed, acceleration, economy of petrol and docility of the three-carburetter Jaguar XK150S and none which offers better value-for money, at its list price, inclusive of purchase tax, of £2,110.” - Motorsport Magazine, January 1960
The car we offer here is a very desirable Open Two Seater example of the range topping ‘S’ version with the 3.4 litre engine. A 3.8 litre was launched in 1960 and added an additional 15bhp but connoisseurs prefer the ‘sweeter’ operation of the original 3.4 litre design.
The Open Two Seater was the rarest of the body styles available and accounted for less than a quarter of XK150 production. The majority were built in LHD but a handful (92 to be precise) were built in RHD.
The early history of this car is not known but in early 1995 the car was owned by a Mr. P. Koronka of Ashford, Kent who restored the car between 1995-1997. A valuation by The Carriage Company, a well respected Jaguar Specialist at the time, dated October 1997 states that the car has been subjected to a body off nut and bolt restoration with the engine, gearbox and differential rebuilt to as new and all auxiliary components either fully refurbished or renewed. The colour scheme post restoration is Red with Black leather trim and the interior has been done by Aldridge Trimming. A huge number of invoices from marque specialists like XK Engineering and Guy Broad shows that no expense was spared in this restoration.
Mr. Koronka owned the car until April 2006 when it was bought by Mr. Damien Pike who was planning to use the car in the Rallye des Alpes. As well as taking part in the aforementioned rally, Mr. Pike also used the car on the Tiger Rally that goes through Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam and Laos. It seems Mr. Pike’s addiction to long distance touring in the XK got worse as he also took part in a tour of Australia and Tasmania, several journeys through India, including a trip from the very South of the Himalayas. Between his adventures in South East Asia, Mr. Pike also toured France, Spain, Italy, Austria and Switzerland.
One would be excused for thinking that with all these tours and rallies, the XK would be a pretty tired old girl, but the pile of invoices from very well respected Father/Son specialist’s, Marcus and Thomas Barclay of Gerrard’s Cross, shows that Mr. Pike did not skimp on the maintenance and a ‘no expense spared’ approach was taken during his ownership with bills totalling more than £35,000 over the last 10 years.
The current owner bought the car in December 2015 and in his ownership the car has continued to be fettled by Thomas Barclay and a full retrim of the interior was carried out by BAS International in October of last year. More recently in April of this year the doors were removed and the hinges completely stripped and rebuilt by Thornley Kelham.
Today this delightful XK150 ‘S’ OTS presents beautifully and is an absolute joy to drive, thanks to the extreme amount of care and attention, not to mention money, lavished on her over the last 20 years.