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1959 XK150 'S' Jaguar Roadster, Cotswell Blue, Manual Overdrive, Convertible

Make: Jaguar
Model: XK
SubModel: XK150 'S', Roadster, Manual Overdrive
Type: Convertible
Year: 1959
Mileage: 55,000
VIN: T831979DN
Color: Blue
Engine: 6 Cylinder Dual Overhead Cam
Cylinders: 6
Fuel: Gasoline
Transmission: Manual
Drive type: RWD
Interior color: Red
Vehicle Title: Clear
Item location: Excelsior, Minnesota, United States

1959 Jaguar XK Additional Info:


1959 Jaguar XK150 'S'OTS Roadster

With “MANUAL” Overdrive --- EXTREMELY RARE

An 'S' model withA “Manual” Overdriveis VERY RARE and COLLECTABLE”. There were only 888 3.4 ltr ‘S’ models produced, only a few had “Overdrive” and VERY VERY FEW had a “MANUAL” Overdrive. That makes this EXTREMELY RARE.

Recommended in Automobile Magazine as a car to “BUY” as prices have been rapidly increasing but have yet to peak, making this a great car to purchase today and an excellent investment for tomorrow. This coincides with a couple articles published by the Wall Street Journal on the topic of Investing in Classic Cars. The one article specifically mentioned that it’s the European Open Cars/Roadsters that are performing the best in the Classic Car Market Place. There were fewer of these made than other Classic Cars making them more Rare and Better Investments.

The XK150 ‘S’ Jaguars are definitely continuing to increase in value; especially those that are restored to #1 Concours condition. Several XK150 ‘S’ vehicles have recently sold well above $300,000 USD --------- One with an older restoration done in the early 90’s recently sold at Amelia Island for $341,000 USD, and another one recently sold for $646,611 USDat the Bonhams London UK auction ---- and it was a DHC (Drop Head Coupe) which is typically 30% less than a Roadster, and it wasn't an 'S' which would also make it less desirable. The latest XK150’S’, that sold within the past couple weeks in the UK at the H&H Auction, sold for $307,000 USD. It was also a DHC and not the more desirable “Roadster”. They continue to increase in value as they rapidly approach the half million mark.


When the XK150 Jaguar was launched

it didn’t grab the world’s attention in the way that its predecessors had. However, in hindsight it is recognized as the superb car it is, with more refinement than any previous XK. What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar’s fabulous ‘XK’ series of sports car arrived in 1957. As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-litre engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140’s divided screen. Cleverly, the new body used many XK120/140 pressings, the increased width being achieved by means of a 100mm-wide central fillet. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model’s main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes. Fade following repeated stops from high speed had been a problem of the earlier, drum-braked cars, but now the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed. It was the world’s first production car to be fitted with four-wheel disc brakes. This is the reason they fared so well in racing. The XK140's walnut dashboard was replaced by one trimmed in leather. Thinner doors gave more interior space.

The XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead, ‘2+2’ coupé forms, the open two-seater version not appearing until the following year. Disc brakes apart, the chassis remained much as before, as did the 3.4-litre, six-cylinder engine that produced 190bhp as standard or 210bhp in ‘Special Edition’ form when fitted with the ‘B’-type cylinder head. The four-speed Moss gearbox continued while overdrive and automatic transmission were optional. “The Jaguar XK150 is undeniably one of the world’s fastest andsafest classic cars. It is quiet and exceptionally refined mechanically, docile and comfortable. “We do not know of a more outstanding example of value for money”, concluded the authoritative AutoCar magazine.

For those who demanded even greater performance an ‘S’ option became available concurrently with the launch of the sportiest ‘OTS’ (open two-seater) roadster body style. The ‘S’ boasted triple SU carburetors, free flow inlet manifold, 9:1 pistons, lead bronze bearings and a lightened flywheel, these features helping to liberate 250bhp. And some sported an “Overdrive” transmission which made in essence gave you a 5th gear. Only a handful XK150 ‘S’ Jaguars were made with a “Manual Overdrive” which is VERY desirable as a collector car due to its rarity. The later 3.8 Ltrversion claimed an extra 15bhp but experts agree that the 3.4 ‘S’ is the sweetest of all XK engines.



is a strikingly beautiful, completely restored, example of the most sought after XK models; the Jaguar XK150 'S', 3.4 Ltr,OTS Roadster with a “MANUAL” Overdrive. This car is an extremely high level CONCOURS restoration. It’s finished with a BEAUTIFUL Cotswold Blue exterior and an EXQUISITE looking red interior, which is a stunning color combination!

This is a NUMBERS MATCHING car and comes with Heritage Certificate data to certify the authenticity of the numbers. We also have detailed photographs showing all of the numbers on the car prior to its restoration. The VIN (Vehicle Identification Number) is: T831979DN. As verified by the Heritage Certificate information the car was built January 5, 1959, and currently sports all of its ORIGINAL COLORS. The ownership is known on this car all the way back to the original purchase of the car; starting with Mr. G.H. Jones who is identified on the Heritage Certificate information.

The car was a very ORIGINAL (including the interior) and a complete running car at the time the restoration began. The restoration was just recently completed within the past few weeks. As seen in the photos, no expense was spared. The final master piece is absolutely stunning! The XK150 model 'S' is an extremely rare car to begin with, and to see one as nice as this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Since the car was restored it has been stored in a climate controlled garage; less than 100 miles have been put on the car since the restoration completion. Considering the detail and effort that went into the restoration, more important than the money, is finding a home where it will be cared for to the same level that is currently being done today----------- as a result the RESERVE price is WELL BELOW market value and well under the cost to restore one to this quality level.

Restoration Process…

The car was completely disassembled. The frame and body were sent to a metal restoration shop to be stripped of all paint and undercoating using an alkaline immersion process, which was followed with a reverse electrolysis process to remove the rust. The parts were then dipped in a water soluble rust inhibitor which prevents the metal from rusting prior to the parts being primed and painted. The above process does away with acid dipping, sandblasting, and shot blasting which all can be very destructive on the body and frame.

After the frame members, body, chrome, electrical and mechanicals were restored to perfection, the reassembly process commenced. There are MANY photos of the complete restoration, including photos of the car prior to its restoration. There is also detailed documentation and receipts relevant to the restoration.

Electrical / Mechanical

The reassembly started with the suspension, brakes, fuel tank, and fuel and brake lines. The brake system was completely rebuilt, as was the entire fuel system. The springs were removed and refurbished/replaced, and all seals, rubber components, and bearings were replaced. A brand new stainless exhaust was also installed, which sounds amazing! As the car was assembled every nut and bolt was cleaned and either re-plated or repainted, or replaced. The engine, along with the transmission, was completely rebuilt as well as the triple SU carbs, and all relevant electrical/mechanicals. During the process all the wiring was replaced new including the entire ignition system. Finally, the engine and body were remounted, and new Dayton wirewheels and correct period tires were mounted. The car also comes with the original painted wire wheels.

Paint and Bodywork

As seen by the photos, and mentioned above, the car was a very complete and running car prior to the restoration, and sporting all original factory sheet metal and the original interior. And as stated above, once it was completely disassembled the entire body and frame were both completely stripped to bare metal of all previous paint, undercoating and rust prior to them being primed and painted. After the engine and all frame mounted parts were installed, the car was meticulously assembled. The final result is a breath taking stunning Cotswold Blue sculpture.


The quality of the interior is second to none. It was produced by BAS Ltd., they have been manufacturing original specification interiors for Jaguars since 1976. The sumptuous hides are Connolly Leather hides; the original material the car sported in 1959, and that were still in the car until recently when the restoration began. The carpets are also made with the proper woolen stock that was used on the original cars coming out of the factory. This clearly shows in the photos of the car and is what will set this XK150'S' apart from any other XK150 you’ve seen. The interior and top were installed by a well-known specialist that has done many award winning Jaguars. The top is of course a NEW high quality Stay-fast / canvas top, as is the NEW Tonneau cover.


A classic British sports car, the culmination of the marquee, brought up to contemporary drivability standards with elegance and precision—this Jaguar is definitely one to own. This is THE car to take to your regional car show, or a national JCNA (Jaguar Club of North America) Concours and take down a trophy. It will only continue to appreciate in value over time.

As for the cars performance, as mentioned above, the entire engine was rebuilt. As a result the car runs beautifully without any hesitation or problems. The transmission is also smooth and effortless. And with the Overdrive feature it’s like having a 5th gear when traveling at high speeds. In summary, this gorgeous piece of jewelry is just as roadworthy as it is attractive.

When considering purchasing this car you need to keep the potential investment value of this car in mind. TheXK150‘S’ is an excellent investment! Not only areXK150's rare and desirable, this one happens to be an 'S' which makes it even more rare. ONLY 888 XK150 'S', 3.4 Ltr,OTS Roadsters were ever produced in the world. The number of surviving today is significantly less, and the number of these cars that look as nice as this is next to none. On top of that this one has the VERY Rare “Manual” Overdrive. Most people, including Jaguar collectors, have never seen an XK150 with the Manual Overdrive; they have only read about them and seen pictures of it in books. Don’t miss your opportunity to own one of the most beautiful XK150 model S’s in the world!

As mentioned earlier, pristine XK150 ‘S’ Jaguars are selling for $300,000 USD or more. This is your opportunity to own an Concours XK150 'S' Roadster before they become the next million dollar collector car. It’s an investment that is increasing in value daily, and as seen from it’s track record will continue to increase in value. Can you say the same thing about your other investments?

Unlike the Jaguars that you will find at big name auctions this car does not include high exorbitant fees above and beyond it’s selling price.This is to your advantage.


Any questions about this car can be addressed through ebay, or please feel free to contact me personally at 612-298-5648. I will keep your contact information confidential and not post it on Ebay.

Also, as people ask questions, and/or as I think of more information regarding this Jaguar I’ll post this information daily so keep an eye on my eBay ad throughout the auction.

NOTE: Once I get part way through the auction if I receive a reasonable offer I will consider a “Buy it Now” price thus the car may no longer be available. So don’t hesitate to call me if your mind is set on purchasing this car.

The car is available for viewing prior to the end of the auction. Just contact me and I’ll arrange a time for you to view it if you desire.

----------------Good Luck bidding -----------------

TERMS OF SALE OVERVIEW: I reserve the right to end this listing at any time should the vehicle no longer be available for sale. The following terms of sale apply to this auction:

Payment: Upon placing a bid you agree to the following Terms: Buyer agrees to pay $2000.00 USD (non-refundable) via a PayPal deposit within 24 hours of auction close, and the balance in full within 7 days of the close of the auction via Wire Transfer. All financial transactions must be completed before delivery of the vehicle. A copy of a clear title will be sent to the Buyer (as proof of clear title) upon Buyer sending Seller Buyer’s contact information, and a down payment has been made. The original title will be sent to the Buyer within 5 Business Days upon Buyer paying for the vehicle in full.

Disclaimer: YOUR BID IS A BINDING CONTRACT PLEASE ONLY BID IF YOU INTEND TO FOLLOW THROUGH WITH THE TRANSACTION! You’re bidding to own this vehicle, not the right to look at the vehicle. This vehicle is sold AS-IS WHERE-IS. This vehicle is being sold as is, where is, with no warranty, expressed written or implied. The seller shall not be responsible for the correct description, authenticity, genuineness, or defects herein, and makes no warranty in connection therewith. No allowance or set aside will be made on account of any incorrectness, imperfection, defect or damage. Any descriptions or representations are for identification purposes only and are not to be construed as a warranty of any type. It is the responsibility of the buyer to have thoroughly inspected the vehicle, and to have satisfied himself or herself as to the condition and, value and to bid based upon that judgment solely. The seller shall and will make every reasonable effort to disclose any known defects associated with this vehicle at the buyer's request prior to the close of sale. Seller assumes no responsibility for any repairs regardless of any oral statements about the vehicle. Once the Auction has ended, and the Reserve has been met the high/winning bidder is responsible for payment and for arranging shipping.

Fees and Taxes: Out of state buyers are responsible for all state, county, city taxes and fees, as well as title/registration fees in the state that the vehicle will be registered.

Shipping: The Buyer is responsible for arranging for shipping and responsible for all related costs. The Seller will see to it that the car is available for pick-up at a time that best meets both the Buyer’s and Seller’s schedule.

On Oct-31-16 at 20:17:31 PDT, seller added the following information:

MONDAY, 10/31/16 ------- I've been asked about a BIN Price; I will consider offers but have no BIN PRICE at this time. When I get close to my reserve price I may consider listing a BIN price.
I've also been asked about the ability for someone to inspect the car. As I mentioned in my Ad I have no problem if someone wants to inspect the car prior to the end of the auction, or if we were to agree on a deal contingent on a final inspection. If you are interested in inspecting the car, but you yourself are not available to do it, there are professional companies in most major cities includingMinneapolisMN that will do an inspection for you. One such company is "Classic Car Appraisal Service, out of Georgia. They have inspectors throughout the country including Minnesota. Their Minnesota office is 612-804-9406. Some of their inspectors would be aware of who is am and the quality of my vehicles; they've been judges at some of the shows I've competed in. They will confirm that I truly understand what a concours level car looks like.
Don't hesitate to call me if you have any quesitons; I will answer any and all quesitons you may have.
Good luck Bidding.

On Nov-01-16 at 20:01:40 PDT, seller added the following information:

TUESDAY, 11/1/16------- I had an interesting discussion today with a fellow about the benefits of buying a car that's been restored compared to one that hasn't been restored or has an older restoration. In my opinion it depends on what you plan to do with the car, and the type of car involved. If you are buying a car for investment I can tell you investors only want the best; it's the high level, and correctly restored cars, that appreciate the most and that investors are willing to pay top dollar for. The other cars that aren't restored to top standards will appreciate but your percentage of increase will be much less. As for restoring a car to get it to the level of what you see here, one will easily invest $150 - 250K on top of what you might pay for the car. So you are dollars ahead if you can invest in a car that's been done correctly, and most important done WELL.

Don't hesitate to call me if you have any quesitons;I will answer any and allquestionsyou may have.
Good luck Bidding.

On Nov-03-16 at 18:46:42 PDT, seller added the following information:

THURSDAY, 11/3/16------- I am in serious discussions with a couple different potential buyers. Both are considering making an offer on the car prior to the end of the auction. We will remove it from the market if a deal is made prior to the close of the market. A question that surfaced was whether I would allow someone to inspect the car AFTER the close of the auction assuming their offer was accepted. The answer is YES, I will allow an inspection to be conducted after the end of the auction assuming a deal has been agreed upon contingent on asuccessfuloutcome of the inspection. I would expect to receive a down-paymentprior to removing the car off the market; refundable if the inspection were to uncover any problem with the car that we couldn't address to the buyer's satisfaction. I am confident an inspection will find that this car is the spectacular car we've represented.

As for presenting an offer, I believe the fair market price for this car is something north of $300K. The current market data on recent XK150'S' cars sold confirms this. On the other hand we will entertain any reasonable offers. The current owner has several years and a lot of money invested in the car but in the end he's willing to sell it for a FAIR price that results in a WIN;WIN for both you and him.

I can assure you that who ever purchases this car will receive a beautiful piece of art and an excellent INVESTMENT vehicle. If you look at how well the 'S' models have done over the past couple year you need to questionwhere elsecould you have done so well on an investment; especially an investment that you can show and enjoy while it's increasing in value. And in terms of investment value, as I continue to talk about, this car is VERY RARE. Only 225 'S' model XK150's Roadsters were produced worldwide in 1959, and of those VERY FEW WERE FITTED WITH THE "MANUAL" OVERDRIVE. It's my understanding that this number is not know; there could be only ahandful ever produced, and even fewerin existence today.

Don't hesitate to call me if you have any quesitons;I will answer any and allquestionsyou may have.
Good luck Bidding.

On Nov-04-16 at 13:36:45 PDT, seller added the following information:

FRIDAY, 11/4/16------- I responded to two questions this morning, but I'm not sure if they will be posted below with the other questions/answers. I've asked eBay to look into why they weren't posted. With both answers I attached photos which I've never done before so it's possible I did something wrong-----or it may just take a few hours before eBay posts them.
Regardless the questions and my answers are as follows. The first question was if we had a tonneau cover, and the answer is yes; we have two tonneau covers. One is the short Factory tonneau cover you see in some of the photos posted in our Ad (sits behind the seats), and the other one is a CUSTOM made tonneau cover that COVERS THE ENTIRE COCKPIT and and allows you to unzip either side. it tucks neatly behind the seat when not in use. Hopefully pictures of them will surface soon with the original question and answer; it not and you would like pictures of it just contact me and I'll email them to you. Both tonneau covers are BRAND NEW.
Another individual asked if we had pictures of the boot (trunk) area. Yes we do have detailed pictures of the boot (trunk) and again I attached pictures of it to my answer; hopefully ebay will post them. Again if they don't get posted feel free to call me and I'll email them to you. The boot (trunk) area is of course restored to the same level as the rest of the car. And in the boot is a new Dayton Chrome Wire Wheel, the jack, the jack rachet, and the grease gun. All of these items are restored. Sorry we didn't post pictures of it originally but after posting the 24 pictures alloted by eBay i wasn't able to add more photos-----or don't know how to.
As always contact me if you have any other quesitons. AND DON'T HESITATE TO CONTACT ME AND PRESENT AN OFFER IF YOU ARE SERIOUS ABOUT PURCHASING THIS CAR. I can assure you that you won't be disappointed; this is the XK150'S' to add to your collection ----------- with the RARE features on this car and it's quality concours restoration it will be sure to appreciate in value better than other's that are on the market.
Good Luck Bidding

On Nov-06-16 at 08:49:09 PST, seller added the following information:

SUNDAY, 11/6/16 --- WE CONTINUE TO RESTOR THIS CAR UP TO THE 11TH HOUR; ITS NOW COMPLETE TO THE 10TH DEGREE. As stated above we just competed a FULL SIZE TONNEAU COVER this week, which is great if you park the car somewhere and don't want dust to blow into it or theirs a threat of rain. It's a lot easier to use than putting up the soft top. The Tonneau Cover is also usablewhile driving the car as it allows you to zip open the drivers side.

We also just completed the production of an MANUAL OVERDRIVE SHIFT KNOB; identical to the original factory shift know employing engraved printing. You As you can guess now one offers an original knob due to the rarity of this feature so we had one made.
You won't see photos of the Tonneau Cover or the Manual Overdrive Shift Know but if you contact me I'll email you photos.
Also keep in mind the car will come with the original 'PAINTED WHEELS (non-restored). If you were to paint them Cotswell Blue, the same color as the car it would give you a whole different look; it's like getting two different cars. I've also seen Cotswell Blue Cars with Cotswell Blue wheels and large White wall tires-------------IT'S VERY ELEGANT LOOKING. Great look for that Elegant Classic Car Show.
WE JUST LOWERED THE RESERVE. WE BELIEVE THE CAR WILL SELL SOON. AS WE ARE RAPIDLY APPROACHING THE RESERVE PRICE, AND WE ARE NOW ENTERTAINING REASONABLE OFFERS. If you would like to present an offer give me a call. I will address any questions you may have at that time. If we agree on a price we can schedule an inspection. THE FINAL PAYMENT WILL BE CONTINGENT ON YOUR INSPECTION. We are confident your inspection will go well; we are very proud of this car.
If you are unable to fly in and inspect the car there are professional appraisal companies that you can hire to inspect it; most of them have people in many of the major cities including Minneapolis Minnesota that will inspect the car. One such company is "Classic Car Appraisal Service, out of Georgia.They have inspectors throughout the country including Minnesota.Their Minnesota office is 612-804-9406. Some of their inspectors would be aware of who I am and the quality of my vehicles; they've been judges at some of the midwestern shows I've competed in. They will confirm that I truly understand what a concours level car looks like.
You can also learn more about me by viewing my personal website; it'swix.com/seepictures/genesgarage----- be sure to leave a message on my GuestBook (upper right hand corner) and review what people have said about me and the condition of my vehicles.
I look forward from hearing from you if you are interested in presenting an offer at this time. My number is 612-298-5648. If you are calling from overseas please email me you number and I will contact you.