Hershey | Lot 189
1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
Price Upon Request
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
7 October 2021
- Nicely presenting older restoration
- The famed XK line’s most evolved and refined form
- Charming white over brown leather
- Accompanied by JDHT certificate
Jaguar’s XK model line played a significant role in the post-war British sports car invasion in the United States. The new Jaguar XK 120 was an instant hit at its 1948 Earls 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 the 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 racetracks everywhere. It underwent continued development until the final variant, the XK 150, 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 XK 150 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 XK 150 was completed on 1 March 1960. It left the factory as a left-hand drive example finished in British Racing Green over Tan with a Sand convertible soft top. The car was dispatched on 18 March 1960 destined for the United States where it was distributed through Jaguar Cars New York to an unspecified dealer.
Today the car presents in white over brown leather with a black soft top, having benefited from a restoration some years ago. It features fender-mounted sideview mirrors and rides on whitewall tires mounted on chrome knock-off wheels. The XK 150’s 3.8-liter six-cylinder engine features dual S.U. carburetors, it is backed by a four-speed manual transmission. The interior has been retrimmed in brown leather, with both front seats exhibiting signs of use. Two small rear seats allow for additional passenger occupancy, albeit with little leg room.
This beautiful XK 150 drophead coupe is accompanied by its JDHT production record trace certificate, owner’s handbook, maintenance chart, and select service invoices from years past.