Jaguar XK150 Owned by Speed Legend Donald Campbell set to Roar at Auction

Jaguar XK150 Owned by Speed Legend Donald Campbell set to Roar at Auction

Donald Campbell’s Jaguar XK150 comes for sale at Sworders this summer. The classic sports car, bought by the British speed record-breaker in 1958 as his regular runabout, is expected to bring over £150,000 on 18 June, as part of a stand-alone auction of classic cars. The car’s full history is confirmed by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate.

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Campbell, the only man to hold both the land and water speed records, received his fixed-head coupé from the Jaguar factory in Coventry in June 1958. Finished in his favourite ‘Cotswold Blue’ - which happened to be Campbell’s ‘Bluebird’ livery - with grey upholstery, it came with numerous special factory options. It was used as his daily driver, although there is a rumour he did replace the engine – using the 3.4-litre power unit for a speedboat! The car is pictured in a period photograph at  Aix le Bain alongside Bluebird K7, the jet-powered hydroplane in which Campbell set seven water speed world records between 1955 and 1967. The original numberplate, DC 7, was retained by Campbell, but it occasionally displays the plate for historical reasons.

 

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

 

Donald Campbell sold the XK150 - a model that Jaguar made 4445 of between 1957 and 1961 - to fellow car enthusiast, Michael Brooks, who fitted it with a D-type cylinder head for racing, with some success. Relatively little is known of the car’s history between 1964 and 1997 when it was acquired in a dilapidated state. The restoration work was carried out by the Norfolk Jaguar-racing family of Henry Burton and his son Peter, while the interior work was completed in 2001 by G & G Sergent.

 

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

 

The current owner, an ardent Campbell enthusiast, purchased the car in 2013 from Chelmsford dealership J D Classics. Occasionally shown at rallies and club events, it was featured in Jaguar Enthusiast magazine following the 2017 Shelsley Walsh Hill Climb, Worcestershire, held to celebrate the life of Donald Campbell (1921-1967) with Campbell family members and other Campbell vehicles present.

 

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Fixed Head Coupé - Formerly the Property of Donald Campbell CBE (£150,000-170,000)

 


 

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