1961 Jaguar XK150 S
1961 Jaguar XK150 S.
Please note: the ‘complete car’ pictures were taken prior to the restoration commencing. The final set of images were taken through the stages of our working project. The rebuild is now in the final stages.
Subject to a sympathetic restoration consisting of complete re-spray, new 72 spoke stainless steel wire wheels, re-chroming where necessary and new exhaust system.
An original S with the original registration certificate still present.
A very special car with fantastic family history. Covered just 19000 miles from new our Jaguar XK150 S has been owned locally, here in Suffolk, by the Marriott family through 3 generations; grandfather, father and now son.
The car was regularly used up until 1975 but then it was taken off the road with little to no use. It was then revisited once again in 1995 where it was transported into dry storage.
Around 2010 was when the car started to enjoy the Suffolk roads once again with regular use and regular maintenance.
Having gracefully aged through the years; our 1961 Jaguar XK150 is mechanically sound, the engine runs beautifully, sounds lovely and we have enjoyed many test runs in her ourselves since she has been in our workshops.
A brief history of the Jaguar XK series…
XK150 Info – (Source Twyford Moor) – Launched in 1957 the XK150 was the most radical step forward in the XK range since the launch of the revolutionary XK120. The XK150 was vastly different in both style and performance from the XK140 it replaced and was a much bigger step forward than had been taken from the XK120 to the XK140. The most striking change was the straighter wing line, widened bonnet and single wrap around windscreen, which replaced the now dated two-piece split screen. This gave the XK150 an altogether more modern look. More generous interior space was also achieved by putting the doors on a diet and the wooden interior was lost in favour of leather clad dashboard and door capping.
Although the most obvious changes were the styling the XK150 was also a radical step forward in terms of performance. Most notably disc brakes on all four corners of the car, which had been developed on the ‘C’-type with Dunlop, made the XK150 the first of the XK range able to stop as well as it could go. All round disc brakes on a road car were revolutionary for the time and set the XK150 apart from its competitors. A new cylinder head, the ‘B’-type, was added to the 3.4-liter engine producing a claimed 210bhp.
The ‘S’ specification XK150 came with what Jaguar called a “straight port cylinder head”; although the ports aren’t actually straight they are straighter and wider than the standard head allowing for better air flow. To keep pace with this increased potential for air/fuel flow triple 2in SU carburetors were added. According to Jaguar this upped the power to 250bhp.
By this point the power race was truly on, especially in America, so to compete with large capacity American V8s Jaguar introduced a new 3.8-liter version of their straight six. In standard form the new 3.8 was claimed to produce 220bhp and in ‘S’ specification the power was reported to be 265bhp.
By then end of its production run there were a huge array of different XK150 models. It was available in DHC, FHC and OTS body styles, in standard specification, SE specification or S specification and with either a 3.4 or 3.8 engine. Although early standard cars were fitted with steel wheels, these are very uncommon now. There are also reports that some early, ‘standard’ specification cars had drum brakes we are yet to see, or hear of an XK150 running on drums or having ever run on drums.
In 1961 the XK150 was replaced by the ‘E’-type, a car that was as revolutionary and striking as the original XK120 was in its time. Over its 13 year production run the XK had revolutionised the sports car industry, put Jaguar on the map as a global playing in the car market and helped lead the way in helping British industry recover after the war.