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Jaguar XK150

1957 - 1960
Country:
United Kingdom
Engine:
6 cyl.
Capacity:
3442 cc
Power:
190-265 bhp
Transmission:
4 spd. man
Top Speed:
136 mph
Number Built:
9,398
Collectability:
5 star
Jaguar XK150
Jaguar XK150
Reviewed by Unique Cars and Parts
Our Rating: 5

Introduction



The Jaguar XK150 was introduced in May 1957 in Fixed Head Coupe and Drophead Coupe form replacing the XK140 range. The Roadster version came along in March 1958.

All cars used the XK140 chassis but this time the bodywork was of a much more modern appearance and for the first time featured a one piece curved windscreen.

Inside the vehicle the walnut veneer on the dashboard and door cappings had been replaced with padded leather trim. Mechanically one of the main changes to the XK150 were the Dunlop disc brakes which were used both front and rear as opposed to drums which were fitted to the XK140.

The engine however was from the 140, and as before was available in standard tune, or in a higher performance version on the Special Equipment models. The Standard model had the 190 bhp of the earlier car but this time for the "SE" or S as it became known, power was up to a heady 250 bhp.

This was achieved mainly by a new design of cylinder head  (which became known as the straight port cylinder head) and triple two inch S.U. carburettors. overdrive which had been optional also became standard fitment in 1958.  In 1959 a 3.8 litre engine became available with 220 bhp in standard form and 265 bhp in the "S" versions.

Production of all models ended in October 1960.

Jaguar XK150 Specifications

Model

Roadster

Drophead Coupe

Fixed head Coupe

Years Produced

1958 - 1960

1957 - 1960

1957 - 1960

Body Type

Steel body (alloy bonnet and boot) on separate chassis

Length

14ft 9in

14ft 9in

14ft 9in

Width

5ft 4.5in

5ft 4.5in

5ft 4.5in

Engine

6 cylinder twin overhead camshaft 3442cc inline

Power 3.4 / 3.4S

Standard models - 190 bhp @ 5500 rpm  /   S - 250 bhp @ 5500 rpm  

Power 3.8 / 3.8S

Standard models - 220 bhp @ 5500 rpm  /   S - 265 bhp @ 5500 rpm

Gearbox

4 speed, synchromesh on 2nd, 3rd and top, optional overdrive or automatic

Driven Wheels

Rear

Rear

Rear

Brakes

Servo assisted Dunlop disc brakes front and rear   

Front Suspension

Independent by torsion bar & wishbone, anti-roll bar

Rear Suspension

Live axle / leaf spring

Live axle / leaf spring

Live axle

Jaguar XK150 3.4 Performance

Model

Roadster

Drophead Coupe

Fixed Head Coupe

Top Speed

130 mph

123 mph

124 mph

0 - 60 mph

7.6 seconds

8.7 seconds

8.3 seconds

Fuel Consumption

20 mpg

20 mpg

20 mpg

Jaguar XK150 3.4S Performance

Model

Roadster

Drophead Coupe

Fixed Head Coupe

Top Speed

135 mph

132 mph

134 mph

0 - 60 mph

7.3 seconds

7.4 seconds

7.6 seconds

Fuel Consumption

18 mpg

17 mpg

19 mpg

Jaguar XK150 3.8 Performance

Model

Roadster

Drophead Coupe

Fixed Head Coupe

Top Speed

134 mph

129 mph

130 mph

0 - 60 mph

7.4 seconds

7.5 seconds

7.8 seconds

Fuel Consumption

18 mpg

18 mpg

18 mpg

Jaguar XK150 3.8S Performance

Model

Roadster

Drophead Coupe

Fixed Head Coupe

Top Speed

136 mph

133 mph

136 mph

0 - 60 mph

7.2 seconds

7.3 seconds

7.5 seconds

Fuel Consumption

17 mpg

16 mpg

17 mpg

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