The third and final model in the popular Jaguar XK line was the XK150, released in 1957. Easily identified by its new curved windshield, the 1957 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe, Roadster and Drop Head Coupe benefited from the years of development since the first XK120 was launched in 1948. While the Roadster was perhaps the most popular, Jaguar described the XK150 Fixed Head Coupe as the Jaguar for the motorist who likes sports car zest in a closed car. The 1957 XK150 Fixed Head Coupe also offered the famous XK engine and the superb handling of the open model, yet provided comfort and safety to those who desired it. Notably, the XK150 also marked the adoption of Dunlop disc brakes, which were often the focal point of sales and marketing brochures, as they were first used on the Le Mans winning Jaguar C-Type of 1953. An optional Special Equipment Model was available as well and used the B-Type cylinder head and twin SU carburetors for more than 210hp.
Other popular refinements on the 1957 Jaguar XK150 included wire wheels, dual exhaust and windscreen washers. If youre thinking about buying a 1957 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe, there are a number of Buyers Tips specifically for this model. First, and more generally, always request a third-party inspection prior to purchasing any classic car and be sure to do a thorough check for rust on both the body panels and the frame. Secondly, and more specifically, with the XK150 you want to check that any areas where there was prior body damage have been repaired with excellent workmanship, as they can lead to premature rusting if done incorrectly. On these Jaguars, as with many British cars of this era, the Lucas electrical systems can be quite temperamental. While this is part of owning a British sports car, youll also want to check that the components are in good working order. If youre buying a car for restoration purposes and these items are not available for inspection, be sure to consider the costs associated with finding and purchasing the parts and the time and energy it will take to restore the XK150. Youll want to factor these items into your purchase price.
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