22nd Jun, 2022 13:00

Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Lot 96

1960 Jaguar XK150 S 3.8 Litre Drophead Coupe
1 of just 69 RHD examples made

Sold for £165,375

(including buyers premium)

Lot details

Registration No: 150 PPJ
Chassis No: T827585DN
MOT: Exempt

  • Supplied new by Boon & Porter of London SW13 to Fomento (Sterling Area) of London W1
  • Owned by Major Alexander for two decades (1965-c1985) who kept meticulous servicing / maintenance logs
  • Highly desirable manually operated overdrive
  • Valued by the JEC at £225,000 and described as 'one of the very best examples of this model'
  • Fitted with a factory reconditioned, correct-type 'VAS' engine in period

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 Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis T827585DN was supplied new by Boon & Porter of London SW13 to Fomento (Sterling Area) Ltd; a company which did much to popularise the ballpoint pen. Issued with the highly appropriate number plate ‘150 PPJ’ and further boasting the more desirable transmission tunnel actuated overdrive, the Jaguar was re-registered to its first owner’s Oxfordshire home, Duns Tew Manor, in July 1964. Fitted with a correct-type, replacement 3.8 litre ‘S’ engine the following January (number VAS 1159-9 which is understood to have originated in one of the sixty-eight sister cars – chassis T827551DN), the Jaguar was bought by second keeper, Major John H. Alexander of the 50 Field Squadron Royal Engineers during December 1965. A meticulous individual, the Major documented his two-decade long ownership in three Army Books. The first mileage noted for MMA (Motor Mileage Allowance) purposes is 8,748, while other early entries include a Dinitrol rustproofing treatment, brake system overhaul by Rob Walker Ltd and the installation of a winter thermostat. The second 3.8 litre ‘S’ engine seized on June 6th 1969 at 34,860 miles with the XK150 being recovered to main dealer Rossleigh of Glasgow for appraisal. The actual repairs were carried out by the Cumberland Garage of Edinburgh but proved unsatisfactory. Thus, the second of the three Army Books tells us that ‘150 PPJ’ had its engine and gearbox factory reconditioned in 1969 at an indicated 37,473 miles. The removal and reinstallation being carried out by marque specialist F.P. Motor Engineering Ltd of Goldhawk Road, London.

Relocating to West Germany in March 1971, the Drophead Coupe was treated to a thorough bodywork restoration by Vincent Coachworks of Christchurch eight months after returning to the UK during December 1972. Run-up on a regular basis even when off the road, the last of Major Armstrong’s entries is at 50,306 recorded miles on 23rd October 1984. Bought by marque enthusiast and collector Tom King that same day, it was he who had the XK150 repainted Red and uprated with E-Type wire wheels before selling it to renowned restorer / dealer Nigel Dawes. Joining Cheshire businessman Michael Sutton’s collection in 1989, the Jaguar had only added a further 10,000 or so miles to its odometer by the time it entered the current ownership during 2005. Maintained by marque specialists Ivydene for both Mr Sutton and the vendor with various complimentary handwritten reports on file, other companies to have worked on the XK150 include: M.R. Murfitt Motor Engineers of Stoke-on-Trent (engine overhaul 2009), KRJ Trimmers (2011), Guy Broad (power steering conversion, new clutch, 2017) and Aldridge Trimming Ltd (2018). Entrusted to SJB Classic Cars of Tarporley since 2020, ‘150 PPJ’ has benefited from new engine mounts, replacement carburettor gaskets and an uprated hi-torque starter motor.

Assessed by Graham Searle - the Jaguar Enthusiasts’ Club Ltd’s Official Insurance Valuer – in February 2020, his associated letter states that: ‘The car is in excellent condition and maintained to the highest standards. It is the very rare S specification model and as such probably the most desirable of all the XKs. It benefits from a new interior by the leading specialists and is now one f the very best examples of this model. Therefore, in my opinion, it should be insured for £225,000’. Currently displaying a highly credible 73,000 miles, this undeniably rare and stylish Jaguar XK150 ‘S’ 3.8 Litre Drophead Coupe is offered for sale with original buff logbook, V5C Registration Document and large history file. A worthy addition to any marque collection.

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737

Condition Report

CMc 3.5.22, £225k valuation 5 years ago
Spares available to be sold with the car


All successful bids must be paid in full by midday the day after the auction at the latest.

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Auction: Imperial War Museum, Duxford, 22nd Jun, 2022


Tuesday 21st June 2022 from 12pm to 6pm
Wednesday 22nd June 2022 from 9am

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