1960 Jaguar XK 150'S' FHC
- Year of manufacture1960
- Mileage5 500 mi / 8 852 km
- Car typeCoupé
- Interior colourBeige
- Number of doors2
- Number of seats5
- Exterior colourOther
The XK series of Jaguar sports cars has to be one of the most incredible success stories of motoring history. Conceived as a means to showcase the inline 6 cylinder XK engine, the XK120 was intended to be little more than an attention grabbing concept from which the engine would predominantly power Jaguar’s range of saloon cars. Competition and commercial success duly followed via the XK140 and XK150 after that, in addition to the dominance of the C-Type and D-Type sportscar models. Easily the most refined of the XK series, the XK150 was beautifully scaled and offered considerable advantages, especially in terms of interior space but also in bodily styling.
In 1960, towards the end of the XK150 production, came the introduction of the final development of the model, the 3.8 Litre 'S'. Boasting triple SU carburettors, the capacity upgrade, revised cylinder head and a 4 speed with overdrive transmission performance allowed for a top speed on over 130 miles per hour. In fixed-head Coupé, just 111 are acknowledged as being delivered in right hand drive. As an interesting and anecdotal sign off to the ladder-framed XK series (in compliment to how it began), note that the engine specification of the 3.8 ‘S’ was to be the basis for the upcoming E-Type which moved to a monocoque configuration.
Information on file states this XK150 was delivered new via Bellamy of Grimsby in June 1960, we have a JDHT certificate in application therefore there will be additional information to follow.
A comprehensive restoration was undertaken by marque specialists Marina Garage Ltd on the South coast between 1987 and 1991 and there is a photographic record of this work. The odometer was zero’d at the time of the restoration and until 2001, when ownership changed, it remained in a climate controlled environment - unused and in immaculate condition. Of particular mention was that the paintwork was carried out by the very well respected outfit RS Panels and done so in the highly attractive Claret.
From 2001 to 2014, less than 1,000 miles were covered. Within this period, the engine was treated to a rebuild at Marina Garage and Vicarage power assisted steering was fitted, along with a period radio and Kenlowe fan. The benefit of the power steering also allowed fitment of an attractive Moto-Lita steering wheel and for practicality, a discreet battery cut-off was fitted.
Since purchase in 2014, the mileage has crept up to just over 5,500 and has been professionally maintained throughout. Shortly after purchase, the ‘Moss’ gearbox was sent to BPA Engineering for an overhaul and has performed perfectly ever since.
Reported to be driving without fault and described as being surprisingly fast. Due to such restricted use since restoration, overall condition remains extremely good yet has gently mellowed.
The file includes the aforementioned photographic restoration record, various owner correspondences and (post restoration) maintenance invoices. UK V5, JDHT Heritage Certificate to follow and for reassurance, an MOT shall be carried out prior to sale.
Quite frankly, this 3.8 XK150 ‘S’ is just the most wonderful balance of condition, performance and taste. From the badge bar and driving lamps to the throaty exhaust note and period ‘His Master’s Voice’ radio, it really is the complete period package. With the benefit of a wonderfully executed restoration, coupled with over 4,000 miles use in current ownership, it’s ripe for many a driving season to come. Inspection encouraged.