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From a well-used old XK150 Roadster `on the road` – but never restored – WinSpeed stripped it down to quite literally every single nut and bolt, replacing or rebuilding anything and everything that was necessary during the course of its two year restoration. The result is now a beautiful, Engineering-Led, fully restored Jaguar XK150 Roadster of which both we and the owner can be very proud indeed.
It was originally a US Left Hand Drive 3.4 Litre Automatic. As with most US cars, the body showed the usual signs of general abuse from a lifetime of traffic and parking ‘biffs’. The chassis frame, however, was in quite exceptional, uncrashed, corrosion-free condition and one of the best we have ever seen. So: a very good starting point for a comprehensive Engineering-Led restoration in the true WinSpeed style.
The car is now RHD with a 3.8 Litre unit driving through our favoured 5-Speed Manual gearbox. The Steering has been uprated to variable Powered Assistance and the front brakes are WinSpeed 4-pot calipers ensuring a good, progressive, action. Our knowledge of Steering/Suspension Geometry is huge and this is a vital ingredient to making the car feel predictable and reassuring under all conditions. The engine was of course fully rebuilt by ourselves in our dedicated Engine-shop and the cylinder head is to WinSpeed fast road specification assisted by a superb 2″ Stainless Steel sports exhaust system. We have installed our own, well-proven, electronic ignition and also our favoured compact, high amp, alternator. The 16″ Chrome wire wheels are shod with the superb Blockley 185 Radial tyres.
Upon completion in the early summer of 2023 the car completed the challenging 2000 Km Liege-Brescia-Liege Rally without trouble …and won First in Class!