This Jaguar XK150 drophead coupe is an original right-hand drive, UK market car. It is also a rare and desirable special equipment (SE) specification car. The is still finished in its original colour of Cotswold Blue, retains its original number plate and has a lovely history file. The history file includes MOTs going back as far as the early 1980s and Shell service books dating back to April 1960 when the car was first registered. These books meticulously record the mileage of the car along with fuel and oil usage and give a wonderful insight into the car’s early life.
The car was first delivered to Wing Commander Reginald Presland who was a keen sports car enthusiast having owned many Bentleys over the years. In 1981, upon Wing Commander Presland’s death, the car passed to his son Peter. It is understood that between them the car was maintained to a very high standard and kept on the road in very original condition up until the 1990s when the car was sold to its third owner. In the early 2000s, the car underwent a full nut and bolt restoration which included the chassis and bodyshell being taken back to bare metal and there is a photographic record of this in the history file. All mechanical components were rebuilt at this time and the car was sympathetically upgraded including the addition of a five-speed gearbox, electric cooling fan, alternator, uprated brakes and upgraded suspension.
The condition of the car today is a testament to the quality of the restoration and the high level of care it has received since. It is a stunning car finished in a wonderful colour. The car features all the upgrades one could wish for in a usable and reliable XK.