Jaguars response to rivals like the Mercedes-Benz 300SL, which offered the American market the comfort and refinement it desired, the 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadster was the third and final variation on the original Jaguar XK120. Presenting obvious refinements to the interior including a luxurious leather wrapped dash, more cockpit space and finer appointments, the XK150 Roadster confronted the demands of the American market head on. The body of the XK150 Roadster was also restyled, losing some of its contours and gaining a wider grille, longer and wider hood, and one-piece windshield. The 1959 XK150 Roadster, like the other XK150 model-years, was the first to offer Dunlop disc brakes, which replaced the fade-prone drum brakes and easily compensated for the extra weight of the XK150. Always known for taking what they learned from their racing successes and applying that to their road cars, these discs had previously demonstrated their value in many of Jaguars Le Mans wins.
While some say the XK150 shows that Jaguars first postwar sports car hung on too long, many adamantly disagree. They would argue that the XK150 was the most thoroughly developed of the Jaguar XKs. Interestingly, the XK150 was first launched as a Coupe and Convertible. The Roadster was returned to the lineup after nine months, but now with wind-up windows. If youre thinking about buying a 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadster, The Beverly Hills Car Club has a few Buyers Tips to share with you. First, it is not uncommon to find many 1959 Jaguar XK150 Roadsters with the 210hp option. Due to the increased weight of the XK150, many buyers opted for this option, which now offered peak torque at 3000rpm, not 4000. Another option that was widely popular during this time was the automatic transmission. When youre looking at potential XK150s for your garage, be sure to keep an eye out for these special features. While the increase in horsepower can often add value, an automatic transmission actually lessens value in most cases. As with all classic cars, it is always important to perform a complete inspection of mechanics (if applicable) and of originality. If the seller has documentation regarding ownership history and/or maintenance and restoration records, this can also add value down the line.
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