1960 Jaguar XK 150 3.8S Drophead Coupe - 1 of 19 3.8S DHC LHD ever built!
How nice for us, as a longterm Jaguar XK-specialist, to present this very rare opportunity to acquire one of worlds’ most rare Jaguar XK-models. The Jaguar XK 150 3.8S Drophead Coupe is the final product of 12 years of continuous improvement that Jaguar did on the original XK-series.
The 3.8 S models are the best and most developed version of the Jaguar XK 150. A mighty 3.8 litre 6-cylinder engine which produces a staggering 265 horsepower. The S-model is easily recognised by the chrome “S” on the forward corner of each door.
When you open up the bonnet you will find the easily recognisable pumpkin orange (or as Jaguar called it ‘Old Gold’) straight port cylinderhead combined with 3 SU HD8 carburettors. This engine was advanced that Jaguar also used it on the very first E-Type Flat Floor models. To deliver the power smooth but sporty Jaguar installed a 4-speed gearbox combined a Laycock de Normanville overdrive unit.
Big powerfigures also needs big stopping power and Jaguar knew this. So they equipped their top-of-the-line XK150 3.8S with a race-bred disc braking system on all four wheels. The system was inspired by the Jaguar C-Type & D-Type systems. The XK150 was one of the very first production cars to come with four-wheel disc brakes.
As befits Jaguar, comfort was also more and more paramount for their highly demanding clientele. Jaguar adapted their XK 150 to this demand and updated the cars’ side profile and installed a full panoramic front windscreen. This offered a more roomy seating position to the driver and his passengers.
Let it be clear that Jaguar did not shy away from its’ competition back in the day. The 3.8 S model was their answer to the tremendous and fierce German competitors being the BMW 507 Roadster and Mercedes-Benz 300SL Roadster. We are convinced that Jaguar saw this as an opportunity to go all the way and responded with their own true classic supercar.
This car is a prime example of one of Jaguars’ ultimate XK-series cars. It is 1 of 19 XK 150 3.8S Drophead Coupes built in LHD. The LHD-versions of this model are much more rare than the RHD-cars of which 69 were built.
On the 18th of February 1960 this Jaguar factory in Coventry finished its’ final checks on this vehicle and prepared it for shipment to Canada to meet its first owner; John C. MacIsaac. Mr MacIsaac was an important figure in the Canadian mining industry from the fifties up until today. After a couple of prosperous years in the fifties he treated himself to a new car; being this rare XK 150. He enjoyed his pride and joy for many years.
In 2003 the car received a high quality nuts and bolts restoration in Belgium. The gearbox and engine have gone through a complete rebuild and the car was repainted to concours quality. Even to this day the car finds itself in superb state.
This ultra-rare matching numbers Jaguar XK 150 3.8 S DHC is one among the rarest and most important production vehicles that Jaguar ever built. An ideal, maybe once-in-a-lifetime opportunity, for somebody that is searching for a holy grail in Jaguar history.
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