Lot 207

Monterey 2014

1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Drophead Coupe


$220,000 USD | Sold

United States | Monterey, California



Chassis No.
S 838668 DN
Engine No.
VA 1572-8
Body No.
P 8180
  • High-quality restoration by Jaguar professionals
  • Gorgeous green over green color combination
  • Desirable 3.8-liter engine
  • Accompanied by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate

220 bhp, 3,781 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine with twin SU HD6 carburetors, four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive, torsion bar independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

If the MG TC began the post-war British sports car invasion of the U.S.A., Jaguar’s XK120 was the second wave that consolidated and expanded the beachhead. The new Jaguar was an instant hit at its 1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show introduction, and it was so modern and so powerful that it immediately developed a devoted following among those who could indulge in the nearly $4,000 price at a time, which was quite extravagant, as the average annual salary was only $3,600.

The model was a consistent winner in the hearts of owners and on race tracks everywhere. It underwent continued development until the final variant, the XK150, was introduced in 1957 as a 1958 model. This ultimate development of the XK line has the most power, comfort, and performance. It was also the first production car with four-wheel disc brakes, meaning that, for the first time, the Jag had stopping power equal to its horsepower. The XK150 was also significantly restyled with a higher beltline and only a subtle dip ahead of the rear fender. Additionally, the windshield was now a single piece, and the distinctive Jaguar grille was retained but widened. The resulting profile brought the car up to date and hinted at its grand touring character.

This XK150 was completed on February 15, 1960, and then shipped to Jaguar of Eastern Canada. It was equipped with the desirable 3.8-liter engine and fitted with the so-called B-type cylinder head, as found on the 3.4-liter Special Equipment model. Its 220 horsepower was a welcome addition, as the Standard and SE 3.4-liters produced 190- and 210-horsepower ratings, respectively. As this car is a drophead coupe, it is one of only two thousand six hundred seventy-two produced, which represents just twenty-eight percent of total XK150 production.

This lovely example has undergone a proper and very high-quality restoration performed by Jaguar professionals, with virtually no expense spared. The body received a bare-metal refinish in British Racing Green, with carefully fitted panels, and it is handsomely accompanied by a black convertible top and beautifully restored brightwork. The interior has been trimmed in subtle green leather, which complements the exterior beautifully.

Additionally, the engine, gearbox, drivetrain, and all systems were thoroughly rebuilt. In addition to the desirable 3.8-liter engine and four-speed gearbox with Laycock de Normanville overdrive, this model is equipped with dual fog lamps, five chrome wire wheels with period-style Dunlop Roadspeed RS5 tires, a proper dual-exhaust system, and a fully equipped trunk compartment with a jack and tools.

This beautiful XK150 Drophead Coupe, with only test mileage currently indicated, is complete with a JDHT Certificate, and it remains an outstanding example of Jaguar’s luxury convertible. It will be a virtual centerpiece of its genre in any collection, and it will provide many more miles of elegant motoring pleasure to its next owner.