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. The final version was fitted with the most powerful 3.8 litre motor, boosting power up to a
One of only 125 produced, this wonderful late 3.8 litre Drophead Coupe was sold new in March 1960 via New York to the first owner, a Mr. D. French III. Later being brought back into Europe in the 1990s, the XK enjoyed a body-off restoration by the German Classic Car centre in Singen before being used for a number of events. Since being completed the XK took part in the 1999 edition of the Mille Miglia and other light rallies, and in the current ownership has benefitted from a bare metal repaint. An estimated €190,000 was spent in total over a 15 year period.
Beautifully finished in Masons Black with a Parchment leather interior, this is a stunning yet highly usable example of the classic Jaguar XK. The Jaguar is offered with a photographic record of restoration works, Dutch registration and RDW documents, and Jaguar Heritage certificate.