The bleak years after 1945 were, not surprisingly, an era when great sports cars were somewhat thin on the ground. A shining exception was the mighty Jaguar XK series, yet another product of the flawless stylist’s eye (to say nothing of the astute business brain) of Sir William Lyons. Unarguably one of the most elegant sports cars of all time, the XK120 used the superb twin-cam six cylinder engine to provide 120mph performance and acceleration to suit the most demanding tastes.
The series evolved further with the XK140 and ended finally with the most refined of all the models, the XK150. Launched in 1957, Jaguar’s XK150 was the third and final iteration of the XK range and considered by many to be the best driving model, not to mention the most comfortable.
This well preserved late XK150 Drophead Coupe was delivered new via dealer Sydney Marcus of London SW1 in July 1960, finished in Pearl Grey with a red leather interior. The XK has been in current ownership since the 1980s, sitting alongside several other Jaguar classics in a private collection. During this time the exterior was refinished in carmen red, the interior partially retrimmed, and notably the 3.8 motor upgraded to S specification with the fitting of triple SU carburettors. Offered from the estate of the former owner, and supplied with UK registration papers and heritage certificate, this stylish Jaguar is ready to be enjoyed by its lucky next custodian.