Jaguar XK150 DHC 3.8S
Possibly the most significant car we have had the opportunity to restore in recent years is this XK150dhc 3.8S
We have handled the sale of lots of ‘S’ cars. But this is a car owned by the same family for over 50years. The 2 brothers competed in the car and developed the car during those times making it 100kg’s lighter than standard (weighing slip in file!). One of the brothers emigrated to Canada and the other kept the car. The car slipped into disrepair as the health of the owner began to deteriorate. Collecting the car from its London garage was a moment not to forget. The garage door opened and there was the 150S sat looking like a cat hiding in a dark corner. Around the car were years of leaves and dust and we photographed the moment the car saw the light of day. The owners proudly stood next to the car as they said their ‘goodbye’s’. The Huddart’s entrusted us to bring the car back to its former glory and chronicle the milestones of that restoration. We are still in touch with the family.
The restoration began in our Bristol workshop and the dismantling was recorded by the XK Owners Club’s Malcolm McKay. The very respected classic journalist watched as we revealed the original trim backs with chalk marks still in situ. The chassis and engine and gearbox all the original items. This was covered in the XK Gazette (on file.
The restoration then transferred to have bodywork undertaken by ML Classics where Lee did his usual superb job. Paint was carefully applied by Peacocks of Coventry and the result is a stunning body in correct original special order Imperial Maroon.
Guy Broad refurbished the chassis and rebuilt the suspension. His engineers rebuilt the engine and refreshed the overdrive gearbox. Every nut and bolt has been refurbished or replaced so that we are towards the end of 2020 beginning to put the car back together.
The car will go back together and be finished in the spring of 2021. The original trim was red. It might not be going forward. This is the chance for a new owner to influence the final specification of possibly the last original right hand drive 3.8S drophead to be found.
The history with the car is fabulous. The provenance undoubted. A book of the rebuild will be supplied to the new owner together with hundreds of rebuild photos.
The rarest of all the XK’s and most desirable for any collector is here and ready to be finished.
The price depends on the finished specification but will be in the region of £300k.
- Make: Jaguar
- Model: XK150 DHC 3.8S
- Exterior colour: Imperial Maroon
- Interior colour: TBC originally rec
- Reg number: 1246AZ
- Transmission type: 4 Speed with Overdrive
- Year of manufacture: 1959
- Mileage: Testing miles only
- Engine Number: VAS-1170-9
- Chassis Number: T827559-o
- Engine size: 3800
- Fuel Type: Petrol
Contact us for more information:
Neil Fender: +44 (0)7794 477 785
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