Format: 2019-07-20 14:16:05

Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé 1960 S838988-London Olympia 2461

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London Olympia
Auction House: Bonhams
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XSV 153
Sold for: £ 48.000

Has not been sold. Highest bid £48.000

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coup
Registration no. XSV 153
Chassis no. S838988
*Delivered new to the USA
*Converted from left- to right-hand drive
*Original colour scheme
*Five-speed gearbox
*Numerous other upgrades
What would turn out to be the final glorious incarnation of Jaguar's fabulous 'XK' series of sports cars arrived in 1957. As its nomenclature suggests, the XK150 was a progressive development of the XK120 and XK140, retaining the same basic chassis, 3.4-litre engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140's divided screen. A higher front wing line and broader radiator grille were other obvious differences, but the new model's main talking point was its Dunlop disc brakes. Fade following repeated stops from high speed had been a problem of the earlier, drum-braked cars, but now the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed.
In the autumn of 1959 the XK150 became available with the 3.8-litre engine first seen in the Mark IX saloon. 'Standard' (220bhp) or 'S' (265bhp) states of tune were offered (the latter featuring overdrive as standard) and in either form the XK150's increased weight was more than offset by the power of the larger engine, the car regularly recording in excess of 130mph in magazine road tests.
Representing the XK150 in its ultimate configuration, this 3.8-litre drophead coup was dispatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on 1st November 1960 and was one of the last 3.8-litre models manufactured. Only 677 XK150 DHCs were produced with the 3.8-litre engine, making it a particularly rare variant. Little is known of this car's early history before it returned to the UK in 1990 and was converted to right-hand drive. Since then the XK has had only two owners, the most recent recorded keeper owning it for the last 19 years. The car is finished in black with matching hood and red interior - its original colour scheme. Various mechanical changes and improvements have been made including a manual choke; alternator conversion; upgraded front brakes; 15" chrome wire wheels; radial tyres; oil filter conversion and Mocal oil cooler; Kenlowe thermostatic cooling fan; and a five-speed gearbox.
We are advised by the vendor that the car performs well, with a very crisp gear change, and is in good condition overall. It has recently been checked through and serviced, and with a very nice interior is a car that can be used immediately while offering scope for further improvement if desired. It comes with a Heritage Certificate confirming the production numbers and a current V5C registration document. An opportunity to acquire a rare yet affordable XK150 3.8-litre drophead coup.

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