JAGUAR XK150 3.8 SE DHC (1960)
MATCHING NUMBERS. AUTOMATIC TRANSMISSION
EXTENSIVE RESTORATION WITH HISTORY FILE
Introduced in 1957, the XK150 was a more than worthy competitor for the BMW 507 and Mercedes-Benz 300SL, and as the final evolution of its series was the best and most highly developed. Styling was updated with a higher beltline while race-bred four-wheel disc brakes, the first fitted to any series production car, provided stopping power to match the car’s prodigious performance. Only about 2,600 XK150 Drophead Coupés were ever built before production ceased in1961.
The launch specification included a 3.4 litre DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, SU carburettors, four-speed manual or automatic gearbox, independent front suspension with wishbones, coil springs, torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic disc brakes. In 1960 Jaguar increased the engine size to 3.8 litres providing the later cars with a class-leading 220 bhp.
The car presented here is a 1960 XK150 3.8 SE DHC and is a fully matching numbers example (supported by inspection, corresponding paperwork and a Jaguar Heritage Certificate). It was destined for the US market and was left-hand drive and specified with an automatic gearbox. The records tell us that it was manufactured on the 11th of April 1960 and was dispatched to Jaguar Cars, New York on the 29th of that month. The car’s first owner was a Mr. R.J. Hamville of Wisconsin, whilst a petrol receipt discovered in the car shows it was in Hyattsville, Maryland in 1961. By 1973, a US Certificate of Title shows that a Mr. D. Weir of Midlothian, Virginia was the proud possessor of this lovely Jaguar.
It was repatriated to the UK by a Mr. M.Brown in October 1988 and subsequently sold to our Jaguar-enthusiast, Mr. Melvyn Roberts in November 1988. He and his brother, a qualified automotive engineer, set about fully restoring the car over the following 25 years. This fastidious process utilised the skills of numerous marque specialists, including a ground-up body restoration by M&C Wilkinson Ltd. The quality of the work is simply excellent, retaining as many original parts as possible and all major components were fully rebuilt and recommissioned. It was then superbly finished in a deep Indigo Blue with a delightful Cream interior. There is a photographic record of the whole process confirming the Roberts’ brothers' very high standards and attention to detail.
The brakes have been upgraded and the fitting of a more modern Jaguar XJ automatic gearbox and power steering makes this classic particularly easy to drive. Importantly, the original automatic gearbox is supplied with the car and could easily be reinstated if required. This extensive restoration was completed in 2013 and the car has been used sparingly since, covering only a few hundred miles.
Our car offers a new owner the very best of both worlds, a 3.8 XK150 with matching-numbers and continuity of ownership and history, with a level of restoration and improvement that is hugely reassuring and confidence-inspiring. This car is ready to be fully enjoyed and appreciated.
Available for immediate inspection at our London showrooms.