1960 Jaguar XK150: The Elegant Classic

1960 Jaguar XK150: The Elegant Classic

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 250 BHP (184 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 240 Ft-Lbs (325 NM) @ 4000 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3000 lbs | 1360.777 kg Transmission 5-step manual, 3-step automatic

It was the most luxurious car ever produced by Jaguar with the XK index. The rounded radiator grille and the high line of the wings made it, unlike the cars of its time. This roadster became the epitome of British elegance, sporting spirit, and success.

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The XK150 became a logical continuation of the 120th and 140th models from the famous XK series. The car appeared in 1957 featuring a wider body, which created an increased interior space, comfort, and improved visibility. The wide grille and taller front fender line made the automobile very different from previous versions of the XK series, and improved performance with Dunlop disc brakes provided stopping power to match its speed. According to FIAT chief designer Pete Davies, its sleek lines and compact form had a more finished look than any of the company’s other sports cars.  

The origins

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Even though this roadster was the last of the famous XK series, i.e. already obsolete and almost eclipsed by the E-series that replaced it, still it had its breakthroughs worthy to be mentioned. First of all, it was the disc brakes on all wheels and a 3.8-liter version of the engine the car received. However, the last roadster of the XK series was heavier and slower than its predecessors, so “150” was no longer a top speed in mph. According to the market requirements, the model received a one-piece windshield, a wider grille, an elongated hood, and smoothed wing bends. As before, there were three body styles to choose from: convertible (DHC), coupe (FHC), and roadster (OTS). Convertibles and coupes had an extra rear seat for one person. Inside, the wooden instrument panel was replaced with leather. Technically,  the changes were less significant and mainly concerned the engine. The model received the 3442 cm3 6-cylinder engine which developed 190 hp, in the improved SE version – 210 hp, and in the top S version – 250 hp. The last years of production were marked by an increase in the volume of the power unit, which also led to an increase in power. From 1950 to 1960, the company won the American market, where the Jaguar XK150 and XK150 Roadster with 2.4 to 3.8 liters engines and 220 hp had huge success. Demand for Jaguars was so great that the brand opened another plant in Browns Lane.

The 1960 model year

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In 1960, the volume of the power unit was increased to 3781 cm3, respectively, the power increased to the base 220 hp or an additional 265 hp for the XK150 S version. Standard equipment included a 4-speed manual transmission, Dunlop disc brakes on all wheels, 16″ steel wheels with hubcaps and Dunlop Road Speed 6.00 x 16″ wheels, and 185VR16 Pirelli Cinturato CA67 tires. The lines of the 1960 XK150 were devoid of excessive muscularity and other stylistic exaggerations. Cleverly designed expensive trim emphasized the model’s goal to compete with the Mercedes-Benz 300SL and BMW 507. This edition featured an intricately curved one-piece windshield, which markedly improved visibility, while the instrument panel and the entire front section under the windshield were leather. The model also offered a built-in Philips turntable for small-diameter records and radio. The XK150 S version was equipped with Thornton Power-Lok limited-slip differential. The costs for the roadster and convertible varied from $4,500 to $5,200. Overall, 2,265 roadsters, 2,672 convertible coupes, and 4,445 fixed-body coupes were produced throughout the whole production period which ended in 1960: the company replaced it with the legendary E-Type.

Did you know?

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This release appeared in the directorial debut film Play Misty for Me by the talented Hollywood actor Clint Eastwood in 1971. This is a psychological thriller about sex, music, poetry, crime, and life and what it can become. Dave Garver (Eastwood) is an attractive disc jockey and poetry connoisseur who lives the life of a careless bachelor. He lives in a respectable house and drives a chic Jaguar XK150 dark blue convertible that fits perfectly into the lifestyle of a successful young man.

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1960 Jaguar XK150: The Elegant Classic

Engine Inline 6 Horsepower 250 BHP (184 KW) @ 5500 RPMTorque 240 Ft-Lbs (325 NM) @ 4000 RPM Engine Location Front Drive Type RWD Weight 3000 lbs | 1360.777 kg Transmission 5-step manual, 3-step automatic

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