1958 Jaguar XK150 SE Zagato

Our car on the Zagato stand at the 1958 Geneva Motor Show

This very special car (S834369) was assembled as a rolling chassis at the Browns Lane factory in August 1957 as a special order for the Jaguar dealer in Geneva, who commissioned Zagato, the legendary Milanese coachbuilder, to design and build the unique alloy body. The finished car appeared on the Zagato stand at the Geneva Motor Show in March 1958.

At one time it was thought that Zagato may have built three cars on XK150 chassis, one of which was displayed in Geneva in 1958, with a second shown at the Paris Salon in 1960. The current owner’s father was under the impression that his car was the Paris car, although we have now established that it was, in fact, the 1958 Geneva car. Photos of this car, which had previously been mistakenly attributed to the 1960 Paris show, appear in a Motor (UK magazine) Geneva Show report dated March 1958.

This discovery, together with the existence of several photographs of a clearly different XK150 Zagato, supports the theory that only two Jaguar XK150 Zagatos were ever built. The whereabouts of the second XK150 Zagato are unknown.

At some point in the very early 1960’s, our Jaguar XK150 Zagato made its way to the United States where it was purchased by the current owner’s father in 1964.

We are honored to have been entrusted with the restoration of this very special and unique motor car.

 

Body panels fit to superleggera framework Boot opening / drip rail Tail panel Rear fender wheel arch / fender flares Drip rail weld out Front nose and bonnet opening March 26, 2024 Rear fender construction March 26, 2024 Tail panel construction March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 Fitting rear body panels to station buck March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 Rear superleggera framework and rear bumper mount assemblies March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 Rear wheel well repair and fitting of close out panels March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 Wheel well panels prime March 26, 2024 Close out panels prime March 26, 2024 Rear wheel well panels and close out panels installed March 26, 2024 March 26, 2024 Fitting rear body panels to chassis and rear superleggera framework March 26, 2024 Bonnet drip rail February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Bonnet opening support structure and engine bay close out panels. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Bonnet opening aluminum drip rail. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Roof panel with new flange panels. Roof to cowl cover panels. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Front fender flares and lower fender panels. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Door frame construction. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Fitting of nose panels to body. February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 February 21, 2024 Original roof panel stripped to bare aluminum. February 21, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 New flange panels for roof panel. January 15, 2024 Door frame disassembly, January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 New panel construction for door frames. January 15, 2024 Door hinge pockets in A-pillars. January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 Bonnet drip rail reconstruction and support tube replacement. January 15, 2024 Bonnet body opening flanges. January 15, 2024 Fitting, welding and metal finishing of new panels to station buck. January 15, 2024 New aluminum nose panels. January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 January 15, 2024 May 10, 2023 Floor and sill panel fitting May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 Chassis and body substructure primed May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 May 10, 2023 April 3, 2023 Right A-pillar post April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Left side battery box rebuild April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Left side chassis to body mount April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Left B-pillar gusset panel April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Left sill panel April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Right side rocker panel installation, body to chassis mount installation and construction of sill panel B-pillar gusset April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Continuation of door hinge April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 Right side battery box disassembly April 3, 2023 April 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 Right A-pillar removal and reconstruction March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 March 3, 2023 Fuel tank cover panel installation March 3, 2023 Left door hinge rebuild November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 Completion and installation of rear floorboard November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 Repair and reconstruction of rear body mounts and superleggera tubing November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 Installation of new left A-pillar November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 November 30, 2022 October 6, 2022 Rebuilding of spare wheel well and floor panels November 30, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 New cowl drip rail panel fabrication and installation New rocker panel assemblies October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 Rebuilding of A & B posts and rocker panels October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 Rebuilding rear wheel inner arch body to frame mounts October 6, 2022 New floorboard construction from seat floor board to fuel tank cover panel October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 October 6, 2022 September 7, 2022 October 6, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 September 7, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 August 16, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 July 18, 2022 May 14, 2020 The Zagato has returned from being media blasted! July 18, 2022 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 May 14, 2020 De-skinning the Zagato doors. May 14, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 28, 2020 April 20, 2020 Jaguar XK150 chassis has been slightly modified by Zagato Extensions have been welded at the top of front shock towers April 20, 2020 Zagato also welded extensions to the body support brackets April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 20, 2020 April 13, 2020 De-skinning the Zagato roof and rocker panels. April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 April 13, 2020 De-skinning the rear clip. April 13, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 April 7, 2020 The following sequence of photographs show the terrible corrosion damage the car has suffered over the years. It is now time to de-skin the front and rear clips April 6, 2020 Severe galvanic corrosion where the aluminum has been in contact with the steel This image shows the bottom edges of the aluminum front wings wrapped around the steel frame Cutting away the flange around the engine bay opening April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 Lifting the alloy front skin away April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 April 6, 2020 This wrench has been lurking inside the left front quarter panel since 1957 April 6, 2020 The following sequence of photographs show the inner structure for the new boot lid. This was a complex and difficult panel to fabricate, and Edward really did a superb job! The wrench must have belonged to a Zagato technician who built the car in 1957 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 The following sequence of photos show Edward fabricating the new boot lid outer skin. This was a particularly challenging panel because of the complex shape and curvature. The only panel left to make at this point is the frame for the boot lid. February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 February 9, 2020 Edward has been busy fabricating the new panel between the left rear wing and the boot lid. Shaping the left hand rear wing on the buck, then both left and right forward sections of the rear quarter panels. Shaping the right rear wing on the station buck. Shaping the rear lamp panels. Interesting to see the new nose alongside the original body yesterday. Edward has now cut and assembled the rear station buck and has made the first two panels for the rear end. Edward has now completed the design of the station buck for the rear bodywork. Edward has now welded together all the various newly fabricated panels which form the outer skin of the bonnet. Next task is to recreate the steel tubing that acts as the lower frame of the bonnet. Typical Superleggera construction Edward has been busy fabricating a new bonnet for the Zagato. The original bonnet had suffered serious galvanic corrosion where the aluminum skin was wrapped around the steel Superleggera frame. New bonnet starting to take shape With 18 panels for the front end now completed, I thought it might be interesting to assemble what we have so far. It is really starting to take shape now. Edward continuing to work on the Zagato front end. Fabrication of the new aluminum panels for the front end, continued. More progress with the Zagato front end. More panels taking shape at the front end of the Zagato. Quite a complex little panel to shape Edward has been busy shaping the grill opening to the station buck. New grille surround fits the station buck perfectly Magnaflux crack checking the block after it spent some time in an alkaline bath Left hand front wheel arch fitted to the station buck Etch priming the block Torque plate honing the block We removed .020" from the deck surface in order to zero deck our pistons Establishing desired crank end play Balancing the crankshaft Note timing chain cover in place when surfacing the block All zeros is a good thing in this case Hanging rods on pistons Assembling the short block Installing oil plumbing Head installed Installing head studs and head gasket Paper template for panel #6 Edward has now shaped the fifth and sixth panels and welded them to panel #1. Panels 1 thru 6 now shaped and welded together Edward has now completed the fourth panel for the left front wing. Next he will fabricate the panel beneath the left hand headlamp. Edward has now finished shaping the third panel. Edward has now finished shaping and metal finishing the second panel and has begun working on the transition panel at the top of the left front wing to the bonnet opening. Transferring the template to aluminum sheet Edward has now made a start fabricating the new left front wing. In the photos below you can see how he first creates a paper template which is then transferred to the alloy sheet, which is then worked with the English wheel and planishing hammer until it follows the contour and form of the station buck. Panel is shaped on the planishing hammer and the English wheel Edward now turns his attention to the rear section of the left hand front wing Shaping the rear panel Deck surface now looking much better! Cylinder head now fully rebuilt Setting valve lash during reassembly I am pleased to report that we have now completed our rebuild of the Zagato cylinder head. The block is going to be cleaned and degreased using an industrial acid dipping process in the next few days. The starting point of this challenging engine rebuild Lifting the head off using the shop crane Preparing to remove the oil pan First signs of some pretty bad internal damage Cylinder head is in very poor condition Serious corrosion issues around the water jackets Tear down underway Head will need to spend some time in the CJ Coachworks As bad as we have seen! Nasty deposits lurking behind the core plugs in the water jackets of the block Thankfully we have a world class welder in the Coachworks to assist with corroded engines Corroded alloy is ground away prior to welding Jake built up the corroded areas around the water jackets with a welded bead Initial surfacing of the head after weld repairs Reshaping the water jackets on the mill Cam saddles had to be align honed Truing the valve cover gasket surfaces Pressing in custom CJ valve seats Machining out the old valve seats Pressure testing head after all the welding and machine work Honing tappet guides for oversized tappets Honing new valve guides to size Pressure test passed with flying colors Close up of the 5 angled valve job Measuring the run out on the new valve job (zero) I am pleased to report that the station buck for the front of the Zagato has now been completed. Measuring connecting rods for straightness Edward is almost finished assembling the station buck. The following images are screen shots of Edward's station buck design, which is nearing completion. Edward has now finished the CAD model of the entire front end and has trued all surfaces. Next up is the design of the station buck, which is already underway. More screen shots of Edward's CAD design work. Slowly but surely, the front end of the car is taking shape in Edward's CAD drawing. The following screenshot images show how Edward is using the raw scan data to produce a 3D model from which we can construct the station bucks needed to fabricate our new panels. Jake, Mike and Edward discussing the project Very cool to watch the car taking shape on Mike's computer screen Scanning the front left wing and driver's door Familiar looking Zagato nose! If you look carefully at this before shot, you will see the tape is well away from the splined hub Note how nose is offset to the right slightly Peak of grille opening now much closer to the center line of the car These photos show how Zagato welded extension outriggers to the XK150 chassis Jake and Ray removing the engine Superleggera tubing was mangled behind the right hand headlamp Steel inner sills were welded to the extended chassis outriggers Tear down underway Note recess in rear edge of front wing to accommodate door trim when door opens Bad accident damage and even worse repairs mean the front end will have to be reconstructed The Motor magazine commented on plastic 'louvers' in their Geneva Show report Home made braces have been added to the doors I believe you are correct :-) Driver's door handle has also received some home made reinforcement Front screen held in place with wooden trim surround This image shows the various layer of primer, filler and paint - none of which are black Photos of the car in the Geneva Show in 1958 This shot gives a clear indication of the Dark Bronze color the car was originally Andrea enthusiastically offered his full cooperation and support for our project Andrea Zagato was excited to discuss the restoration of the XK150 Zagato his father had built With Matteo Bosisio (center) head of classic wheels at Borrani, and Andrea Zagato (right) With Zagato executive Paolo Di Taranto and Andrea's Alfa 1900 C Super Sprint Zagato The site where the British Motor Sales Company had once been is now a luxury apartment block (photo courtesy of Google Earth) Rendition of British Motor Sales Co by the architect, Robert J. Platt (1958) The sales order relating to Frank Freeman's purchase of the Zagato in August 1964 Doris Freeman, the current owners stepmother, posing with the Zagato - 1966 Frank Freeman outside his place of work in San Diego in the mid 1960's The current owner standing by his father's car in the fall of 1964 The car on the Zagato stand at the 1958 Geneva Motor Show Geneva Show report in Motor - March 1958 The Jaguar Zagato in all its glory on page 229 We have now unpacked and inspected the car, paying particular attention to the materials used when the car was first trimmed at the Zagato factory. The seats are trimmed in two tone suede and vinyl A close up of the suede seating surface Familiar looking XK dash gauges Red dash is a later addition, Zagato badging obviously original More brown suede trimming rear panel Note brown carpeting Close up of door panel materials This type of interior trim is very much in keeping with the Zagato styling of the period Door panels trimmed elaborately in black hide and brown suede Typical Milanese superleggera construction visible in this photograph Rear bulkhead looks very like a 60s Aston Jaguar XK150 Zagato is an imposing and impressive car when seen in person I am pleased to report that your car has been safely delivered to the Team CJ workshops. This car is probably the only Zagato built on an XK150 chassis Recessed door handles a nice touch Original Nardi steering wheel will be restored Another message from the owner! Bumper appears very basic compared to the rest of the car The current owner's stepmother with the car c 1966 Note absence of a body number - for obvious reasons Familiar looking engine We look forward to replicating this photo when the car is totally restored! Always helpful to receive written instructions from our restoration clients On the Zagato stand at the 1958 Geneva Motor Show