Asking Price: $45,000 USD
Seller: Private Party
Original Selling Price: $4,795
Engine: 3442cc Straight-6 DOHC
Mileage: Unclear; listed as approx. 300 miles on rebuilt engine
Max Power: 180hp
PROS: The owner is very up front about what he’s selling.
CONS: Owner states the car is in need of quite a few repairs, which, among other things, leaves some questions that need to be answered.
The Jaguar XK is what really put Jaguar on the map right after World War II. The war had just ended and Jaguar released the XK120, which was powered by Jaguars all new dual overhead camshaft inline 6-cylinder engine. This engine proved to be a fantastic motor, allowing Jaguar to win scores of major races through the fifties and sixties, and stayed in production for Jaguar saloon cars until 1987. All Jaguar sports cars fitted with this engine would be known as XKs and this is where you get the names such as XK120, XK140, XK150, and XKE.
This particular example is a 1958 Jaguar XK150 FHC (Fixed Head Coupe) and looks to be a driver-quality example. The seller seems very upfront about the good and bad regarding this vehicle and even goes into explaining that this is not a factory “S” model. The “S” model is a factory performance version that was fitted with three carburetors from instead of the standard two. We find this honest and upfront approach to selling very admirable, especially given the amount of bogus claims and misrepresented cars on the internet today.
The car is listed by a private-party seller in New Jersey, where he states: “This is not a true “s” model, but was built to “S” specifications about six or seven years ago. The rebuilt 3.8-litre engine has only seen about 300 total miles since”. This statement leaves us wondering a bit. Does the rebuilt engine have 300 miles on it or 300 miles since the conversion to “S” specifications? It’s an important distinction to say the least. The Jaguar XK engine can be very expensive to rebuild, so we would certainly want to see some bills and receipts for any and all engine work.
This car has also been updated with a fully synchronized 4-speed overdrive transmission, which we think is a great upgrade. Unfortunately, he also states the overdrive is not in working order and that it may be due to a faulty solenoid. These transmissions can be expensive and difficult to repair, so any potential buyer would certainly want to look deeper, perhaps even have it inspected by a professional if needed. Repairing a solenoid can be a simple task, but to dig any deeper is not.
As with all cars, it’s crucial to thoroughly check for rust and body damage. You’ll want to make sure the bonnet and boot fit correctly and have good gaps; the same goes for the doors. This should help you determine if there is any accident damage. These cars are also prone to rust in the boot floor and spare tire well, so look very closely in there. You’ll also want to make sure the doors open and close correctly without any sag as the front and rear doorposts are tend to rust which cause alignment issues. A good idea is to get the car on a rack and give the sills a thorough rust inspection as well as the entire underside of the car.
This seller seems to be realistic and very upfront about what he’s selling. I would certainly do my research and really know what you are getting into before seriously considering this car, and if you have any issues or questions, get a professional opinion. Personally, I’m a big fan of all XK cars, but the various models are very different, so be sure to check them all out before you make a decision about what you want.
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