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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

type Series Production Car
production years 1960 – 1961
built at Coventry, England
engine Inline-6
position Front, Longitudinal
aspiration Natural
block material Cast Iron w/Aluminum Cylinder Heads
valvetrain Chain-Driven DOHC, 2 Valves per Cyl
fuel feed Twin SU Carburetors
displacement 3442 cc / 210.04 in³
bore 87 mm / 3.4 in
stroke 106 mm / 4.2 in
compression 8.0:1
power 164.1 kw / 220 bhp @ 5500 rpm
specific output 63.92 bhp per litre
bhp/weight 151.72 bhp per tonne
body / frame Steel over Steel Chassis
driven wheels RWD
wheel type Steel Discs or optional Spoked Wires
front tires Dunlop 6.00×16
rear tires Dunlop 6.00×16
front brakes Dunlop Discs w/Power Assist
rear brakes Dunlop Discs w/Power Assist
steering Rack & Pinion
f suspension Wishbones w/Torsion Bars, Telescopic Shock Absobers
r suspension Live Axle w/Half-Elliptic Springs, Telescopic Shock Absobers
curb weight 1450 kg / 3197 lbs
wheelbase 2590.8 mm / 102 in
front track 1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
rear track 1310.6 mm / 51.6 in
width 1333.5 mm / 52.5 in
transmission 4-Speed Manual w/Optional Laycock Overdrive
tran clutch Borg & Beck 10in
fuel capacity 63.65 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