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Although bearing a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically revised. A one-piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped so deeply at the doors. The widened bonnet opened down to the wings, and on the Roadster the windscreen frame was moved back 4 inches (102 mm) to make the bonnet longer. The Jaguar XK150 appeared in three versions the OTS – Open Two Seater, the FHC- Fixed Head Coupe and the DHC- Drophead Coupe. The production numbers for the XK 150 DHC from 1957 – 1961 were 586 total. Approximately 200 were made in 1960 with a few of these carrying over to 1961. For 1960, the 3.4 litre engine was bored to 3.8 litres, rating this option at 220 hp. Fuel economy was 18 mpg. Four-wheel Dunlop 12 in (305 mm) disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. When leaving the factory the car could be originally fitted with 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato as a radial option on 16×5K wire wheels.
The frame-off restoration of this car has spanned four owners between 1980 and the present. From 1980 to 1984, Jim Knight had the frame and body stripped, de-rusted, two new front fenders added and then painted. He also had the engine rebuilt and balanced. In 1985, Pete Seamans purchased the car, bought a service manual and began to acquire parts but never began the assembly, selling the car in 1989 to Gary Dewey, who retained the Jaguar through 2003. According to his wife, he purchased the car and 6 large boxes of parts with the intention of restoring the car when he retired. Unfortunately, he passed away before he did anything. During that 13-year period, the car was stored indoors awaiting restoration.
From 2003 to the present, the frame-off restoration was completed. Highlights include:
Original bumpers with new chrome
New brake system
New wiring and batteries
New interior including Kool Mats
New 185HR16 Firestone Cavallino black radial tires
All new gas lines, fuel pump, tank cleaned and sealed.
Original exhaust manifolds – new porcelain
Rebuilt steering rack
Rebuilt Clutch, master and slave cylinders
Waxoyl rust proofing
All bright work re-plated
The Heritage Certificate represents that this vehicle has matching numbers for the Engine, Chassis, and Body. Early then 1980 the gearbox must have been replaced with a period correct gearbox with overdrive