1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN

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1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster

Sold for £ 236,700 (US$ 333,342) inc. premium
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster
Registration no. Not registered in the UK
Chassis no. T820082DN
*One of only 24 RHD 3.8-litre 'S' roadsters
*Current ownership for 32 years
*Past concours winner
*Drives very well

Footnotes

  • 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 chassis characteristics, 3.4-litre engine and four-speed Moss transmission of its predecessors while benefiting from a new, wider body that provided increased interior space, comfort and improved visibility courtesy of a single-piece wrap-around windscreen, replacing the XK140's split screen. Cleverly, the new body used many XK120/140 pressings, the increased width being achieved by means of a 4"-wide central fillet. 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 the achilles heel of the earlier, drum-braked cars, but now the XK had stopping power to match its prodigious straight-line speed.

    Introduced in the spring of 1957, the XK150 was available at first only in fixed and drophead coupé forms, the open roadster version not appearing until the following year. At 190bhp, the engine's maximum power output was identical to that of the XK140 so performance was little changed. 'Special Equipment' and 'S' versions came with 210 and 250bhp respectively. This was achieved by the introduction of the Weslake-developed 'straight-port' cylinder head, high-compression pistons, triple 2" SU carburettors, and twin electric fuel pumps. Overdrive and a Borg-Warner automatic gearbox were the transmission options, the latter becoming an increasingly popular choice, while a Thornton Powr-Lok limited-slip differential was available for the XK150 'S'. Steel wheels remained the standard fitting, though XK150s so equipped are a great rarity, as most were sold in 'SE' (Special Equipment) specification with centre-lock wire wheels. The much-admired chromed Jaguar mascot was made available as an optional extra on an XK for the first time.

    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, with the 3.8-litre engine and overdrive gearbox, this ultra-rare 'S' roadster was manufactured in May 1960 and supplied via dealer Tom Garner to its first owner, Mr Henry D Leete. The car was originally finished in Pearl Grey with black interior and hood, and was first registered as 'YNE 111', a Manchester mark. The foregoing details are recorded on the accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, which lists the body number as 'F 17212'; however, the body number stamped on the chassis plate is 'J 8118'. The F prefix denotes a roadster and the J prefix a coupe. Bonhams enlisted two independent specialists to inspect the car and they confirmed that it has an original roadster body; the reason for the discrepancy is not known. A previous owner, Dr David Steiner, has confirmed to Bonhams that the XK was very much a roadster when he bought it in Manchester in the autumn of 1972.

    On 7th September 1973, Dr Steiner sold the car (still registered 'YNE 111') to Mr Anthony Lumsden-Cook. Mr Lumsden-Cook totally restored the XK in the late 1970s/early 1980s and then entered the car, now registered '1 LUM', into various concours events, including the 1981 XK Day organised by the Jaguar Drivers' Club. Related correspondence states: 'Congratulations on your win on Sunday.... I was unable to have a really close look at your car as I was judging 120s but Geoff Small assures me it was the best he had ever seen.' - John Hedges (Secretary of the JDC's XK Register); and also: 'My fellow XK Committee members, some of whom judged concours at XK Day, were rather impressed by your car, reckoning it to have achieved the highest standards seen for some time....' - Ian Hart (Editor XK Bulletin).

    It is unknown who carried out the restoration but there is an invoice on file dated September 1981 from DK Engineering in relation to preparing the car for the XK Day concours, and another invoice regarding transporting it from DK Engineering to well known and respected trimmers Suffolk & Turley. A charming supplier's plate is affixed to the dashboard illustrating that, at some stage, the car was handled by Duncan Hamilton & Co. A St Christopher medal and two stopwatches also grace the dashboard.

    The present owner acquired the Jaguar from Anthony Lumsden-Cook in March 1984 and subsequently took it to Switzerland where it has resided ever since. Shortly thereafter, a KPH speedometer was installed although the original MPH speedo is offered with the car. The owner, an enthusiastic Jaguar collector who also owns an XK150 Coupé, has frequently driven - and rallied - the car, which has mellowed since its concours-winning days. He has entered no fewer than six Coupe des Alpes (in the 1980s/90s); a couple of Tour Autos; the GP Montreaux regularity trials; the Megeve - St. Tropez; and the Byblos Rally to St Tropez. The car has also benefitted from regular servicing and renovation work that included fitment of an aluminium fuel tank and exhaust.

    The car has also been given a thorough road test by Bonhams Group Motoring Director James Knight, who drove it some 40 kilometres through lakeside villages, the Autoroute and into downtown Geneva. The XK150 'S' behaved very well, with good power and smooth delivery; slick gearbox; surefooted handling and impeccable temperature and pressure readings.

    Handsomely finished in Indigo Blue with grey leather interior, '820082' represents an exciting opportunity to acquire one of the rarest models ever produced by Jaguar of the ultimate version of the legendary XK family.

    Please note this vehicle will be subject to the reduced 5% import tax if remaining in the EU.
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1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
1960 Jaguar XK150 'S' 3.8-Litre Roadster  Chassis no. T820082DN
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