[concours] Need info on 150 FHC

Listers:

I am new to this list.

My wife and I want to buy a 150 LHD FHC and I have been lurking on this
list and reading XK books for the past two months. I have also joined
the local club but my first meeting is this weekend.

As near as I can tell there were 3078 150 LHD FHC built. Duncan
Wherrett’s book states the automatic transmission �was usually fitted as
standard on those cars (150s) shipped to the US�. I have been looking
for “build” numbers on LHD FHC with Auto transmissions but have not yet
uncovered how many were built.

Anyone know how many were built?
Am I looking for a needle in the haystack?
Are the later automatic trannys better than the early ones?
Is there a swap out for another auto tranny that makes sense?
Are there articles some where that I should read?

Any help and direction would be appreciated by this �newbie�
Thanks

Ron Rader
Marina del Rey, CA
1994 XJ6
1965 Austin Healey 3000 Mark III
150 LHD FHC �wanted�

I am new to this list.

Welcome! There is much knowledge and experience here…you’ll like it!
8>)

My wife and I want to buy a 150 LHD FHC

A personal favorite of mine…I covet them regularly…

As near as I can tell there were 3078 150 LHD FHC built. Duncan
Wherrett’s book states the automatic transmission “was usually fitted as
standard on those cars (150s) shipped to the US”. I have been looking
for “build” numbers on LHD FHC with Auto transmissions but have not yet
uncovered how many were built.

Anyone know how many were built?

I’m sure that someone here will know.

Am I looking for a needle in the haystack?

Yes, to a certain extent, but the FHCs are not as popular as the dropheads
and roadsters and I have noticed that there always seems to be one or two in
Hemmings so I don’t think availability will be as much of a problem as the
traveling you may have to do to get that one special car.

Are the later automatic trannys better than the early ones?

In spades…

Is there a swap out for another auto tranny that makes sense?

You’re hitting close to home with this one…my own personal quest/fantasy
is to get a 150 FHC that is in perfect shape and missing a drivetrain.

I want to stick a 4.2 tri-carb and a Borg Warner Model 12 in it, air
condition it with a stand alone unit so that I don’t defile the car, and run
the Carrera Panamericana with it.

So now I’m out of the closet…now if I can just find that winning lottery
ticket…

Are there articles some where that I should read?

Anything and everything that you can lay your hands on…after all, you
need to pass all of this on to your heirs…8>)

Any help and direction would be appreciated by this “newbie”

Hey, keep us posted on your progress and if you take the idea, run with it,
and do the Carrera thing let us know so that we can enjoy it
vicariously…8>)

Cheers,

JebFrom: “Ron Rader”

Jeb wrote,

I want to stick a 4.2 tri-carb and a Borg Warner Model 12 in it, air
condition it with a stand alone unit so that I don’t defile the car, and run
the Carrera Panamericana with it.

So now I’m out of the closet…now if I can just find that winning lottery
ticket…

Hello Jeb,

I'll be first to volunteer as navigator/riding mechanic/interpreter/money 

launderer…but how are we going to beat those 500 hp Studebakers that keep
winning? How about a supercharged V-12 with a 4L80E ? If I can get The Bank
of England as a sponsor, we can go all the way and lump it with a Merlin V-12
and a 2 speed Powerglide. Can you say “Contact” ?

Paul

Hello,

According to Paul Skilleters “The Jaguar XKs” there were all together 674
FHCs with AT and 3,4l motor and 197 FHCs with AT and 3,8 l motor.
Unfortunately it doesn�t say which were LHD and which RHD, but out of all
150 FHCs there were 1368 RHDs and 3094 LHDs.

Tomi J
Finland
XK 150 FHC 3,8 -60
S847006DN

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As near as I can tell there were 3078 150 LHD FHC built. Duncan
Wherrett’s book states the automatic transmission “was usually fitted as
standard on those cars (150s) shipped to the US”. I have been looking
for “build” numbers on LHD FHC with Auto transmissions but have not yet
uncovered how many were built.

Anyone know how many were built?----- Original Message -----
From: “Ron Rader” rader@interworld.net