Numbers Matching Project: 1958 Jaguar XK150

This 1958 Jaguar XK150 is a numbers-matching example that was supposedly parked indoors in 1971 and not started since. The Jaguar retains its Georgia registration and an old-school South Carolina license plate, and despite its time off the road, is said to have very little rust. The frame appears to be solid and most, if not all, body panels are savable. The bodywork will need attention, along with the requisite mechanical work as the engine currently does not turn over (though the seller doesn’t elaborate as to whether it turns freely by hand.) Find the Jaguar here on eBay with a $34,999 asking price and the option to submit a best offer.

The XK150 featured a number of design changes despite appearing visually similar to the XK140 and XK120 cars. Gone was the split windscreen, and a leather-trimmed dash came standard. Available in fixed-head coupe and open two seater form, the XK continued the company’s legacy of building elegant roadsters and coupes with very respectable out of the box performance. The frequency with which these XKs still show up as barn finds suggests they were quite popular when new, and then kept in storage by long-term owners following a mechanical fault that clearly didn’t seem significant enough to sell the car on.

Of course, it’s understandable that it may be hard to part ways with a car this pretty, even in non-running form. The interior is in better shape than I’d expect for a vintage roadster parked this long. While the top is certainly tired, it’s clearly not porous, and likely did a good job of keeping the insides somewhat protected. The cabin looks dry, and the dash is surprisingly sound despite needing restoration. The carpets have been removed and show solid floors beneath. The original switchgear and steering wheel all suggest that the Jaguar was never fully disassembled for restoration, but the removed carpets provide some indication that there may be parts missing.

Engines came in a range of specs, offering anywhere from 180 b.h.p. to a robust 250 horses in “S” spec. The engine bay appears complete aside from the missing air cleaner element seen here, and there’s no obvious signs of rodent infestation – but as I recently found out with a new project car, just because you don’t see a nest on the valve covers doesn’t mean the critters haven’t found a way in. The Jaguar is far less rusty than many of these XKs we’ve posted as barn finds, so it seems like a good starting point – especially if the seller will accept a lower offer.

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  1. Maestro1 Member

    This is a deep pockets issue and well worth it if one intends to keep the car for a while and use it. My experience with Jaguars, or anything automotive, is that
    they get cranky if they are not used, which is what they are built for. If I had the room I would pursue this car.

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  2. JohnfromSC

    Just a mild correction: The XK150/150S series came in three versions including Open Two Seater (OTS), enclosed Coupe and Drop Head Coupe (DHC).

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  3. JagManBill

    At 35 large this is not too far off. Sales for OTS 3.4’s in driver condition are in the $70-80k range with restored in the $125-130k and I have seen a no sale on one that was bid to $165k. Admittedly, the $165k no sale was a 3.8s OTS. My guess is a good sale could happen in the $28-30k range. And to think I sold one of these in the same condition 30 years ago for $1,500.

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    • Toni Boogerd

      Hi there!
      I have a 1960 Jag 3.4 Saloon 4dr, 6-automatic,grey metal/red int. Strarted up last year no problems all matching numbers car needs TLC but been in storage since 1980. I live in the Vancouver area of B.C. That’s Canada would like to sell this in the rough gem !! But what kind of value is it worth? Can you offer some onsite ? Thankyou .

      • JagManBill

        Toni
        besides this site, there are many which you can go to and research the Mk’s. You specifically say a 3.4 saloon, so I’m assuming its a very late Mk1 (sale date in 1960) as production of the Mk2 began in October 1959. To save you a tad bit of time, I’ve attached a link to the most recent MK1 here on BF
        https://barnfinds.com/atlanta-to-scappoose-1959-jaguar-mark-i/
        Just type in your search box 1959 or 1960 Jaguar Mk1 or Jaguar 2.4 or 3.4 you should get lots of results.
        THEN
        take some pics and submit them to BF as a submission.

    • Phlathead Phil

      Time is an axx kicker ain’t it? Knowing what cars went for 30 years hence compared to today’s prices is 🤯.

      Keep 🛒 as the saying goes, sompin bound to show up!

  4. HARM R SMIT

    Ground up resto on this would be the ticket. Hard work but well worth the effort.

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