1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe

1960→1961 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe

In 1960 Jaguar upgraded their XK engine to have a displacement of 3781 cc. This was achieved by increasing the bore and offered 220 bhp over the standard 190 bhp 3.4.

Like the previous model, an optional Special Equipment Model was available which used the B-Type cylinder head and twin SU HD6 carburetors. Other refinements included wire wheels, dual exhaust, windscreen washers. Above and beyond the SE model was the S-Type which used a straight-port cylinder head and three HD8 SU carburetors for 265 bhp @ 5500 rpm.

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe Gallery

In Detail

typeSeries Production Car
production years1960 – 1961
built atCoventry, England
positionFront, Longitudinal
block materialCast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Heads
valvetrainChain-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feedTwin SU Carburetors
displacement3442 cc / 210.04 in³
bore87 mm / 3.4 in
stroke106 mm / 4.2 in
power164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output63.92 bhp per litre
bhp/weight151.72 bhp per tonne
body / frameSteel over Steel Chassis
driven wheelsRWD
wheel typeSteel Discs or optional Spoked Wires
front tiresDunlop 6.00×16
rear tiresDunlop 6.00×16
front brakesDunlop Discs w/Power Assist
rear brakesDunlop Discs w/Power Assist
steeringRack & Pinion
f suspensionWishbones w/Torsion Bars, Telescopic Shock Absobers
r suspensionLive Axle w/Half-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absobers
curb weight1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase2590.8 mm / 102 in
front track1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
rear track1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
width1333.5 mm / 52.5 in
transmission4-Speed Manual w/Optional Laycock Overdrive
tran clutchBorg & Beck 10in
fuel capacity63.65 litres or 16.80 gal.

Auction Sales History

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8-Litre Drophead Coupé S838700DN
– sold for €128,800
 Representing the XK150 in its ultimate configuration, with the 3.8-litre engine and overdrive gearbox, this example comes with a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate revealing that it was manufactured as a drophead coupé and delivered new to Jaguar Cars, New York, USA finished in British Racing Green. The car forms part of the Alain Dominique Perrin Collection and is Mr Perrin’s favourite car and he has owned four or five over the years. This one benefits from extensive refurbishment, the engine and gearbox having been overhauled, the overdrive replaced, the grey leather interior restored and the car repainted in blue (in 2007-2008). It has also been fitted with the agreeable but easily reversible option of power assisted steering. Currently displaying a total of 70,970 miles (approximately 114,200 kilometres) on the odometer, this well cared for XK150 is offered with a condition report (2013), French Carte Grise and Contrôle Technique (issued June 2015). Auction Source: The Chantilly Sale 2015


1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
1961 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe S 838809 DN
– sold for $192,500
One of 268 XK150 3.8-liter Drophead Coupes produced with a manual transmission. Features desirable optional overdrive. Consistent JCNA 99+ point award winner. Includes a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. Auction Source: 2015 Amelia Island by RM Sotheby’s

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe S838668DN
– sold for $220,000
High-quality restoration by Jaguar professionals. Gorgeous green over green color combination. Desirable 3.8-liter engine. Accompanied by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate. Auction Source: 2014 Monterey by RM Auctions

1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe
1960 Jaguar XK150 3.8 Drophead Coupe S838668DN
– sold for $225,500
A proper and very high-quality restoration performed by Jaguar professionals with virtually no expense spared, this 3.8-liter XK150 DHC from 1960 is simply impressive. During this extensive restoration process, the body received a bare-metal refinish in British Racing Green with carefully fitted panels, handsomely complemented by a black convertible top, show-quality restored brightwork and handsome Suede Green leather upholstery. Mechanically, the engine, gearbox, drivetrain and all systems were gone through. In addition to its rare 3.8-liter engine and four-speed gearbox with overdrive, this original “SE” (Special Equipment) model is also equipped with dual fog lamps, five chrome wire wheels shod with period-style Dunlop Roadspeed tires, a dual-exhaust system and a fully equipped trunk compartment fitted with a jack and tools. With only about 100 miles currently indicated, this rare matching-numbers 3.8-liter XK150 is complete with photos and receipts documenting its restoration process. Auction Source: 2011 Monterey Auction by RM