My father's 1958 Jaguar XK 150 S Roadster is up for sale. If you are reading this. you are likely aware of the limited nature this car was produced in. Less than 100 are estimated to be left on the planet. It was originally sold in Palm Springs. California and has lived its entire life in the South West. For the record. this is a matching numbers car. See the photo of the verification from Jaguar Cars Limited. We started by disassembling it completely. Everything was organized and inventory was taken. Parts lists were made for what needed refinish. what needed replacement and what was missing. The frame went to Redi Strip in Orange County. The body and the panels were walnut shell blasted for paint removal and lightly frosted with glass beads for mechanical paint bonding. The car had absolutely no rust. Very minor front panel damage was found and was corrected (see photo). The frame was treated to a 3-stage protection and paint process: first a zinc dipping. then a zinc-based powder coating and finally a gloss black powder coating. The body was treated to a zinc-based. metal etching primer and plenty of single-stage PPG paint. As you can see in the photos prior to paint. the hood looks different on the S-cars. as it is aluminum. The engine was completely disassembled and was treated to a full inspection and rebuild. HydroHead did the work and standard size 3. 8 liter pistons were installed. As a 1958 model year car. this is a 3. 4 liter engine originally. but since the bores needed cleaning up. we opted to size it to the 3. 8 liter bore. The carburetors were ultrasound cleaned and completely rebuilt. including full polishing. The exhaust manifolds were sandblasted and treated to black enamel. The exhaust system is all stainless steel. The original gas tank showed its age. so a fabricator produced an identical unit to the original in stainless steel. You won't find any of these around. The transmission and the electric overdrive had seals and bearings replaced. but were otherwise intact. A new clutch was installed along with the throwout bearing and the slave cylinder. Pages and pages of fresh rubber. bushings. bearings. gators. interior trim and bits & pieces were hunted down from around the globe. Whenever we were abroad. new contacts were sought out for sourcing of parts. The wire wheels' hubs and rims were re-chromed and stainless steel spokes were used to re-lace them. Once the axle and suspension was assembled so the frame could roll again. the drivetrain was placed in the frame for fitment and functionality. A 'firewall' was built as well as a 'bench seat' and the car took its first drive. This was an exiting moment in the process. Once the drivetrain was proven. the finished body was placed on the frame. Now came the interior: An upholsterer was commissioned to fabricate an exact replica of the original interior in taupe leather. This interior is gorgeous. He also fabricated the soft top for the car. Clearly a skilled human. The instruments were all restored to new condition. while maintaining the original settings for the odometer. The steering wheel was restored to original condition as well. Once the interior was completed. the remaining chrome trim pieces were fitted both to interior as well as exterior. Many hours were spent tuning. adjusting. aligning and finishing the car as a whole. To date. we have taken it to a few shows and driven it a bit. but my estimate is that the car has not seen more than 2000 miles since the complete restoration. In closing. I can state that one final task remains regarding the car: we have never color sanded and polished the car after it was painted. It was our intent to do this when the car was complete. but in truth we find the paint job completely satisfying as it stands. For the time. we have decided to let the next owner fulfill this task to his liking. Better to leave all the material on the car at this point. We have all documentation from the restoration and also the documentation certifying the originality of the car. The restoration was completed around 2000 and the car has been covered and stored in my father's garage whenever we weren't showing it or driving it. It has never seen a rainy day! His black 1963 E-type has been caught in the wet once or twice though. The second to last photo is from when we bought the car. The last photo is the documentation paper from Jaguar Cars Limited. Any further information/details/etc. please contact me through eBay messaging. I will be happy to assist.
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