London | Lot 157
1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Roadster
£120,750 GBP | Sold
| London, United Kingdom
5 September 2018
- One of just 36 LHD XK 150 3.8 Roadster models
- Matching-numbers example, with original engine
- Beautiful example of Jaguar’s final and most popular XK-series
Introduced in mid-1957 as Jaguar’s response to the growing U.S. demand for more comfortable and refined sports cars, the XK 150 was the final iteration of Jaguar’s XK-series.
It featured higher front fenders, a wider grille, a curved one-piece windshield and, perhaps most significant, Dunlop disc brakes at all four wheels. Jaguar was justifiably proud, as it became the first manufacturer to offer four-wheel disc brakes on a series-production car. Initially offered in fixed head and drophead coupé versions, a roadster arrived in March 1958. The XK 150 proved to be the most popular XK of all, with nearly 9,400 built until 1961, of which roughly 75 percent were exported. Amongst the rarest variants are the left-hand-drive 3.8 Roadster models, of which just 36 left-hand-drive cars were built.
On offer today is one such left-hand-drive model, late-production example chassis S 832170 DN, which is without question the ultimate expression of performance of Jaguar’s renowned XK-series, as it incorporated virtually every development and improvement that had been discovered in over a decade of production. Most important is the added horsepower and performance of the venerable Jaguar 3.8-liter straight-six, which makes for comfortable highway cruising.
Completed in November 1960, chassis S 832170 DN retains its original and classic colour scheme of black exterior with a red interior. Distributed to Jaguar Cars in New York, the XK 150 eventually made its way back to Europe, where it was restored several years ago.
Now presented beautifully and accompanied by Jaguar Heritage Certificate, this 1961 Jaguar XK 150 3.8 Roadster is an excellent example of one of the rarest variants of the Jaguar XK line and holds a special place in Jaguar history.