Jaguar has often been considered to be one of Britain’s greatest Sports car manufactures, but this title wasn’t bestowed to the company until the release of their XK series. Over a thirteen year period the company refined and developed the XK, starting with the XK120 and ending with the XK150. These cars have become very sought after and its getting hard to find solid unrestored examples. This 1958 Jaguar XK150 was parked in a Californian barn 40 years ago, it then moved to this garage in Arizona, where its been ever since. This project XK can be found here on eBay.
The current owner started restoring the car, but only got as far as pulling it apart. Thankfully the original engine and transmission are still with it, but the engine needs to be rebuilt. The XK150 was powered by Jaguar’s 3.4 liter inline six and produced 190 hp. This car’s engine was mated to a four speed manual transmission.
The interior has been stripped out, presumably to fix the floors. It appears most of the original pieces are with it and have been stored in the trunk. One thing that grabbed our attention is this dash. The XK150 came with a dash trimmed in leather, while this one appears to be wooden. It does have the correct center dash panel and Smith gauges, so it could be that someone removed the leather and finished the wood underneath.
This Cat looks solid and should make for a great starting point for a project. Parts are plentiful for these cars, but can be pricy. Hopefully, it is as solid as it looks, as it could help keep restoration costs down a bit. We would focus on getting it running and driving, then buff, polish, and shine up the original paint.