19th Oct, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 36

1959 Jaguar XK150 S 3.8 Litre Drophead Coupe
1 of just 69 RHD examples made

Sold for £85,109

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: YCD 354
Chassis No: T827463DN
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new by Moores of Brighton to F.J. Collis Esq
  • Presents as an older restoration but with much recent mechanical work done by Twyford Moors and Fender Broad etc
  • Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, original 'Buff' logbook, paperwork dating back to the mid 1980s

The 1950s saw Jaguar win the world's greatest endurance race - the Le Mans 24-hours - more times (five) than any other manufacturer. A blend of existing and new technology, the XK150 was the Coventry firm's last model to feature a separate chassis but its first to be available with four-wheel disc brakes. Unveiled in 1959, the range-topping 3.8 litre 'S' could be had in Roadster, Fixed Head Coupe or Drophead Coupe guises (the latter being the most expensive). With a quoted 265bhp and 260lbft of torque on tap thanks to its straight-port cylinder head and triple SU carburettors, Jaguar's flagship sportscar could only be had with four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission. Reputedly capable of 0-60mph in 7.6 seconds and 141mph, its performance was on a par with rival Aston Martin, Maserati and Ferrari offerings. Decidedly rare, total right-hand drive XK150 'S' 3.8 litre Drophead Coupe production amounted to just 69 cars.

According to its accompanying Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, this particular example – chassis number T827463DN – was completed on 29th September 1959 as a ‘home market’ XK150 3.8 Litre S Drophead Coupe. The engine number quoted on the Heritage Certificate and in the original 'Buff' logbook is VS2153-9, while the latter document also gives the capacity as 3.8 litres (3781cc). A ‘VS’ prefix is more normally associated with a 3.4 Litre S unit and curiously the car’s chassis plate is stamped with the engine number VAS1013-9 (‘VAS’ being the typical prefix for a 3.8 Litre S powerplant). The apparent anomaly was rendered academic many years ago when the Drophead Coupe was fitted with a replacement 3.8 Litre engine from a 1964 Jaguar MK X Saloon. Supplied new via Moores of Brighton to F.J. Collis Esq of Gellihaf House, Blackwood, the 2+2-seater was initially finished in Cream and first road registered as ‘YCD 354’ on 31st October 1959. Known to have migrated to Westland, Keighley, London and Hertfordshire thereafter, the Jaguar is understood to have been treated to a bare metal respray during the 1990s and to have participated in various Kop Hillclimb events from the late 2000s into the early 2010s. Entrusted to Jaguar Land Rover Specialist Tom Lenthall Ltd during March 2018, the XK150 S was fitted with electronic ignition, new Coopercraft disc brakes all round and five fresh tyres plus having attention paid to its steering, suspension, clutch and overdrive unit etc at a cost of £14,543.58. Despatched to another marque specialist, Fender Broad, later that same year, the Drophead Coupe benefited from a thorough drivetrain refurbishment, engine bay tidying and rustproof treatment with the associated bills totalling a further £26,070. Finally, 2019 saw ‘YCD 354’ sent to a third marque specialist, Twyford Moors, for some £7882.24 worth of improvements. Starting readily upon inspection and running well, this rare and desirable XK150 S 3.8 Litre Drophead Coupe presents as an older restoration. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, Heritage Certificate, original logbook, old MOTs dating back to 1985 and the aforementioned recent bills.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 19th Oct, 2022

An auction of classic & collector motorcars


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