1961 Jaguar XK150 by Driversource
- October 8, 2019
- Posted by Simon Streich
Although having a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically modernized. A one-piece windscreen replaced the split screen, and the wing line no longer dropped as much over the doors.
The alloy bonnet was widened and opened down to the wings. In the interior, the XK140’s walnut dashboard was replaced by an elegantly leather trimmed dash. Thinner doors gave the interior needed space as well. Four-wheel Dunlop 12 in. Disc-Brakes appeared for the first time. A formidable precursor to the E-Type.
Chassis S 847033 DN was built October 21, 1960 and dispatched on the 28th of that month, as a U.S. specification “3.8 Litre LHD, FHC” through Jaguar Cars, New York – finished in British Racing Green paint over Beige leather upholstery. The “S” prefix in the chassis number confirms that it left the factory outfitted with the Special Equipment package, comprised of the B Type cylinder head with 9:1 compression, wire spoke wheels and dual exhaust pipes. The “DN” suffix to the chassis number denotes the optional overdrive fitted to the standard transmission. All delivery information is confirmed on the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate.
The XK150 was sold new to Mr. Hugh A. McDonald, a U.S. Army Officer from South Carolina. He would eventually be stationed in Europe in the late 1960s, having the car shipped over with him for a time before resettling in northwest Illinois in 1969. The following year the car was sold to a Mr. Ron Guthrie of Rock Island, IL, who would enjoy ownership of the car for more than 26 years. In addition to consistent maintenance throughout his stewardship, Mr. Guthrie commissioned cosmetic refurbishment as necessary, having the car repainted in the original color at some point in the 1990s, along with new Wilton wool carpets, leather seat covers and a new headliner installed, all purchased on one of his trips to England. He also purchased new wire wheels with stainless steel spokes and nipples, as well as new splined hubs and knock-offs.
In 1997, with the car having accrued slightly more than 68k miles, Mr. Guthrie sold it to a Mr. Frank Ege of Moline, IL. During his ownership, Mr. Ege commissioned a number of mechanical refurbishments and improvements – all of which are recorded in the vehicle’s dossier. Mr. Ege would accumulate roughly 8,500 additional miles on the car during his seven years of ownership before selling it in 2004 to a Mr. Roger Warren of Fort Collins, CO, where it would remain in his collection for the ensuing twelve years. It was then acquired by its most recent caretaker Mr. Gordon of Dallas, Texas. Gordon later commissioned further upkeep services, including R&R to the front steering and bearings, upholstery work, engine reseal, transmission rebuild, R&R radiator, differential reseal, driveshaft u-joints, alignment, battery, fluids and regular tune-ups.
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