'Nearly new' 51 year old Jaguar XK150 up for sale

Richard Bremner

A 1959 Jaguar XK150 convertible with just 574 miles on the clock has gone on sale.

It was bought new in the US by American John Dolce, who took the car to Utah's Bonneville salt flats to find out how fast it would go. But Dolce rolled the car, turning too hard and too fast after his first run, and though he escaped unhurt the car suffered damage to the windscreen frame and some of the body panels.

Rather than get the car repaired he sold it in 1960, the XK passing through three more owners, none of them repairing it, until the widow of the last, figuring that it was something special, put it up for sale.