1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 S Drophead Coupé


Pendine is offering this Jaguar XK150 3.8 S Drophead Coupé. Always well maintained, this is a superb example of the highly sought-after 3.8S. 

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The 3.8S was used as a platform to test the new engine for the forthcoming E-Type, and the increase in engine size wasn’t simply an increase in capacity. The ‘S’ head was completely redesigned, for example, so in conjunction with the three 3 inch SU carburettors the bhp increased from 220 to 265 from standard. If you consider the competition at the time – the Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base was around 240bhp, the 250 Testa Rossa around 300bhp – it was exceptional power for a road car.

Chassis T 827597 DN is a Home Market, matching numbers 3.8S Drop Head Coupe, completed on the 14th June 1960. Supplied via Henlys, London, in the early 1970s this XK found its way to Sweden. Ownership there is known from 1971, with correspondence on file, before the current U.K. owner repatriated the car in 1989. He enlisted Jaguar specialist P&K Thornton to complete a full, chassis up restoration. This was completed between 1990 and 1993. A photographic summary of restoration accompanies the history file, which is weighty with bills.

The current owner is a perfectionist and due to some minor stress cracks and crazing in the paint, the whole car was repainted in 2020. Always serviced, always well maintained, this is a superb example of the highly sought-after 3.8S Drop Head Coupe, arguably the most advanced and usable of all the Jaguar XK’s.

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Pendine specialise in the sale of historic cars for road and track. Whilst focusing specifically on the immediate post-war period through to the 1970s, their experience ranges from Edwardian racers through to the supercars of the 1990s. James Mitchell: Having worked as Business Manager at the world’s leading historic car specialist for over a decade, James’s specialist knowledge is of post-war British sports and racing cars. He has a reputation for being one of the foremost authorities on early Jaguar E-Type’s. James is also the Senior Editor of Speed Age Books, a publishing company dedicated to the publication of bespoke, limited edition volumes on important cars and collections. Historical research is an increasingly important factor within the classic car market, making his specialist knowledge a great asset. James founded Pendine in 2014. Jonny Shears: Raised in and around classic cars, it was only natural for Jonny to pursue a career in the motor industry. Initially starting as an automotive photographer, Jonny helped build one of the country’s leading auction houses. As such, Jonny has been involved in the sale of a great breadth of significant cars, specialising in both the Porsche and Alfa Romeo marques. As an avid enthusiast and historic racer you will often find him at race meetings, either spanner in hand or piloting his Austin Healey Sprite.