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1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe

  • Documented $100,000 comprehensive restoration
  • Provenance includes 46 years of single enthusiast ownership
  • Recent mechanical tune-up in December 2023
  • Best in Class at the "Cats in the Garden" Jaguar event

VIN: J8118

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Jaguar introduced the XK150 in mid-1957 as a response to already-introduced rivals such as the BMW 507 and the Mercedes-Benz 300SL. Initially, the XK150 was only available as a fixed head, or drophead coupe. The XK150 resembled a radically revised version of the XK120 and XK140 family. Most notably, a single-piece windscreen took the place of the split screen used in previous XKs, and the wing line did not drop as deeply as it had before. Many different color options were also introduced with the XK150, the walnut dashboard used in earlier XKs was replaced with leather trim, and thinner doors allowed for more interior space. A red "reminder light" was added to the parking lights located on top of the fenders which alerted the driver that the headlights were on. Recognizing the popularity of Jaguar's victories at the Le Mans circuit throughout the 1950s, the XK150 took on a sleeker appearance than its predecessors with a recessed bulkhead and extended hood line. The Jaguar XK150 was a very refined sports car that delivered outstanding performance in a beautiful package.

A wonderful example of a proper British automobile comes this 1958 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe. A recipient of a two-year, $100,000 restoration, known history begins with Manhattan native, Daniel Barteluce. The story starts in 1971 when Dan and his wife traded in a recent wedding gift, a 1965 Chevy Van. Using that money, they bought this Jaguar from Daniel's brother-in-law, who had acquired this XK150 from the original owner just a few months before. The feature story in the 2016 Spring issue of the Jaguar Touring Club, Mr. Barteluce recalls the car being in great shape with around 33,000 original miles. It became his daily driver and he found himself driving it all over, noting that the electric overdrive made it a dream on the highway. Eventually having children, and life getting busier, the Jag was stored away in the garage and left there for 30 years until 2012 when he decided it was finally time to bring her back to life.

The painstaking two-year restoration was undertaken by Daryl Beech of Charleston Import Automotive in North Charleston, South Carolina. Ensuring that everything was done correctly, the final cost would total over $100,000, which is documented by a binder of invoice forms. Finished in Old English White over a lush red interior, the outcome was, and still is, truly stunning. Not only was the appearance brilliant, but the DOHC inline six-cylinder engine and four-speed manual gearbox with overdrive were also completely gone through. Putting the restoration to the test, Mr. Barteluce entered his pride and joy Jag in the "Cats of the Garden" Jaguar event and captured a Best in Class award in his group, a fitting end to his 46 years of ownership.

During the restoration process, an air-conditioning unit was also equipped under the dash, further elevating its daily drivability anywhere in the country. Most recently, this Jaguar Fixed Head Coupe's wire wheels and bumpers were re-chromed and a tune-up of the bushings, and front sway bar, as well as an oil change, took place in December 2023.

The feature cover car of the 2016 Spring Edition of the Jaguar Touring Club publication and documented by a large binder of restoration invoices totaling over $100,000, this '58 Jaguar XK150 Fixed Head Coupe will surely give its next owner the same pride and joy as it did for Mr. Barteluce during his 40 plus years of ownership.

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