The Jaguar XK150 is a sports car produced by Jaguar between 1957-1961, as the successor of the XK140. Initially available as Fixed Head Coupé and Drophead Coupé versions, the XK150 OTS (Open Two-Seat) roadster was launched in 1958. The coupés were equipped with minimal rear seats.
Although bearing a family resemblance to the XK120 and XK140, the XK150 was radically revised. A 1-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 to make the bonnet longer. The car was available in Red, Pearl Grey, White, Indigo Blue, Claret, Cotswold Blue, Black, Mist Grey, Sherwood Green, Carmen Red, British Racing Green, Cornish Grey, and Imperial Maroon. The XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by a leather dashboard. On the early Drophead Coupés, the aluminium centre dash panel, had an X pattern engraving similar to the early 3.8 E-type. Thinner doors gave more interior space. Suspension and chassis were very similar to the XK140, steering was by rack and pinion. The standard engine was the 3.4 litre DOHC Jaguar straight-6 rated at 180 SAE bhp at 5750 rpm, but most cars were equipped with the SE engine whose modified cylinder head (B type) and larger exhaust valves boosted the power to 210 SAE bhp at 5500 rpm. Twin 1.75-inch SU HD6 carburettors were installed. While the first XK150s were slower than their predecessors, spring 1958 the deficit was corrected with a 3.4-litre "S" engine whose three 2-inch SU HD8 carburettors and straight-port cylinder head increased power to a claimed 250 SAE bhp. For 1960, the 3.4 litre engine was bored to 3.8 litres, rating this option at 220hp in standard tune or 265hp in "S" form. A 3.8 litre 150S could top 135 mph and go from 0 to 60mph in about 7 seconds. Four-wheel Dunlop 12 in disc brakes appeared for the first time although it was theoretically possible to order a car with drums. Production of the XK150 ended in October 1960 and totalled 2265 Roadsters, 4445 FHC's and 2672 DHC's.
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A 250bhp 3.4 litre XK150S FHC with limited slip differential was tested by The Motor in 1959. It had a top speed of 132 mph and could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in 7.8 seconds. Fuel consumption of 22.0 miles per imperial gallon was recorded. At the time it was the fastest closed car the magazine had ever subjected to a full road test.
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