- The OTS roadster came with no soft top (only the “drop head” coupe (DHC) featured a soft top, and it was heavy). As a result, the OTS could hit 60 MPH over a full second faster than the “drop head” (7.6 vs 8.7). The OTS was also the fastest model with a 130 MPH top speed (vs ~124 MPH for the DHC and FHC)
- The XK150 was actually slower than the XK140 it replaced, but the deficit was corrected in the spring of 1958 with a 3.4-litre “S” engine sporting three 2-inch SU HD8 carburettors and a straight ported cylinder head. This bumped output to 250hp
- An XK150 with the triple carb “S” engine was tested by British car magazine “The Motor” in 1959. It ended up being the fastest closed car the magazine had ever subjected to a full road test
- The same road test concluded that the car was capable of a 300 mile range, thanks to a 14 gallon tank and an average of 22 mpg throughout the test. Quite efficient for its time!
- Despite the much improved Dunlop disc brakes of the XK150, there was a factory option to switch to the old drum brake setup of the XK140
- When it sold new, Jaguar made a request to customers to not exceed 5,000 RPM for any length of time to prolong engine life. It wasn’t hard to obey this request, as a 5,000 RPM crankshaft speed represents 100 MPH in top gear and nearly 130 MPH in overdrive
- 1958 was the first year of the open two seater (OTS = no soft top) roadster. The XK150 came out in 1957 only as a fixed head coupe (FHC) or drop head coupe (DHC = roadster with folding soft top). The XK150 replaced the XK140 in 1957
- Compared to the XK140, the fender line across the door sat much higher. A one piece windscreen replaced the split screen. The hood was widened, opened down to the wings, and the bulkhead was moved back 4 inches to make the hood longer
- The dashboard is now trimmed in leather, vs the XK140’s walnut wood trim
- The SE engine shared only the short block with the XK140. The top end has modified cylinder head with larger exhaust valves. Twin 1.75-inch SU HD6 carburettors were fitted as well.
- Featured 12″ Dunlop disc brakes on all 4 corners vs the drum brakes on the XK140
- Owned by NBA player David Gambee for over 40 years
- $5,600 service performed less than 1,000 miles ago.
- 69,313 miles correspond to the accompanying service records that date back to 1977
- Numbers matching
- Jaguar Heritage Certificate, owner’s manual, tool kit, and 40yrs of invoices
- Featured in 1979 issue of E Jag Magazine
- Location: St Louis, Missouri – (more photos below)
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