1952. Australia defeats the West Indies by one wicket in the fourth Test at the MCG. Everyone’s favourite action hero granddad Liam Neeson is born. And Jaguar launches the incredibly refined XK150 Roadster. Classic Driver has one of these beauties listed for sale that’s in absolute perfect condition, both aesthetically and technically. What may come as a surprise is that the former owner wants it driven and not tucked away in a shed somewhere.
The Jag only has only done 65,000km which is ridiculously low for a car that’s over sixty years old. The vehicle underwent a thorough restoration in 2007 and now the bodywork looks brilliant, and the highly refined ‘Burgundy’ red leather interior with beautiful aluminium accents looks like it just came out of the factory. Comprehensive technical maintenance was carried out earlier this year – renewed brakes and the like.
The engine can achieve a top speed of 193 km/h – a record for street cars at that time. The 3.4 litre inline 6-cylinder engine has a maximum power of 162 horsepower that made it the perfect vehicle for racing and rallying. With its mesmerising British charisma and historical aura, you won’t get any closer to classic racing than the Jaguar XK150. If you happen to be in the Netherlands you can check it out in the Classic Driver showroom.