Lot 129: Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
220 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual gearbox with Laycock de Normanville overdrive, independent front suspension with wishbones, coil springs, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102"
- The ultimate evolution of the classic XK Jaguars of the 1950s - Matching numbers; LHD; one of about 586 220-bhp, 3.8-liter XK150s - A high-quality restoration by Jaguar specialists - Overdrive and original SE equipment
Introduced in the fall of 1957, Jaguar's XK150 built on the brilliant heritage of its XK120 and XK140 predecessors and was intended to directly compete with the likes of the BMW 507 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL. As the third and final evolution of its series, the XK150 was the best and most highly developed variant. Although similar in overall design to its predecessors, stylistic revisions included the replacement of the traditional cut-down doors with a higher and more subtly defined beltline. The front-end retained a traditional overall feel but now featured a widened grille shell and a curved, one-piece windscreen.
Performance continually increased throughout XK production, a result of careful development and the lessons learned on the racetrack. Race-bred four-wheel disc brakes were introduced with the arrival of the XK150 and provided stopping power to match the car's performance levels and timeless good looks. In fact, the XK150 was the world's first series-production car ever to feature power-assisted disc brakes at all four corners.
While the 3.4-liter six continued through to the end of XK150 production, the enlarged 3.8-liter version, first used in the Mark IX Sedan, became available for 1960. With a heady 220 bhp available in standard tune with twin carburetors and an optional 265-bhp version, the XK150 continued to provide the power, performance and excellent driving dynamics Jaguar enthusiasts had come to expect.
Only about 2,680 XK150 Drophead Coupes were built through the end of production in mid-1961, including about 2,130 export models. Only about 586 were 220-bhp, 3.8-liter cars, including S838668DN, the wonderful example offered here.
A proper and very high-quality restoration performed by Jaguar professionals with virtually no expense spared, this 3.8-liter XK150 DHC from 1960 is simply impressive. During this extensive restoration process, the body received a bare-metal refinish in British Racing Green with carefully fitted panels, handsomely complemented by a black convertible top, show-quality restored brightwork and handsome Suede Green leather upholstery. Mechanically, the engine, gearbox, drivetrain and all systems were gone through. In addition to its rare 3.8-liter engine and four-speed gearbox with overdrive, this original SE (Special Equipment) model is also equipped with dual fog lamps, five chrome wire wheels shod with period-style Dunlop Roadspeed tires, a dual-exhaust system and a fully equipped trunk compartment fitted with a jack and tools. With only about 100 miles currently indicated, this rare matching-numbers 3.8-liter XK150 is complete with photos and receipts documenting its restoration process.
Sports & Classics of Monterey|
RM Auctions, Monterey, California
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