Offered for sale is a gorgeous, very original, entirely numbers matching, mechanically strong, final production year 1961 Jaguar XK150 3.8L SE FHC (Special Equipment, Fixed Head Coupe) with a manual transmission and overdrive. Verified by its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, the car is finished in desirable and factory correct British Racing Green over a beige interior, rounding out what is arguably one of the best-equipped, most attractively finished XK150 Fixed Head Coupes ever produced. Always driven sparingly and properly maintained and garaged, the car is believed to have traveled a mere 77k original miles in its 55+ years of service, evidenced by its gorgeous, entirely honest original condition.
Chassis Number……………………. S847033DN
The “S” prefix in the chassis number confirms that it left the factory outfitted with the Special Equipment package, comprised of the B Type cylinder head with 9:1 compression, wire spoke wheels and dual exhaust pipes. The “DN” suffix to the chassis number denotes the optional overdrive fitted to the standard transmission. Each of the above numbers is confirmed on the corresponding component, as well as the car’s data plate and Heritage Certificate.
The car was sold new to Mr. Hugh A. McDonald, a U.S. Army Officer from South Carolina. He would eventually be stationed in Europe in the late 1960s, having the car shipped over with him for a time before resettling in northwest Illinois in 1969. The following year the car was sold to a Mr. Ron Guthrie of Rock Island, IL, who would enjoy ownership of the car for more than 26 years. In addition to consistent maintenance throughout his stewardship, Mr. Guthrie commissioned cosmetic refurbishment as necessary, having the car repainted in the original color at some point in the 1990s and having new Wilton wool carpets, leather seat covers and a new headliner installed, all purchased on one of his trips to England. He also purchased new wire wheels with stainless steel spokes and nipples, as well as new splined hubs and knock-offs.
In 1997, with the car having accrued slightly more than 68k miles, Mr. Guthrie sold it to a Mr. Frank Ege of Moline, IL. During his ownership, Mr. Ege exacted quite a few repairs and improvements including (but not limited to): re-porcelained exhaust manifolds reinstalled with new studs and stainless nuts, re-cored radiator with new upper and lower fan shrouds installed, new rear springs and rear shock absorbers, brake cylinders sleeved with brass and new seal kits, new brake pads installed, master cylinder sleeved with stainless steel liner and a new rebuilt spring, rebuilt front suspension with new upper and lower ball joints, new grease seals on the wheel hubs and all new rubber bushings, rebuilt fuel sending unit, rebuilt carburetors with new shafts, new ignition wires and ignition wire carrier, fully re-worked door hinges, re-chromed original bumpers and over riders reassembled with new welting and stainless steel hardware, a fully re-worked steering column and new Avon steel belted V-rated tires and tubes.
Mr. Ege would put roughly 8,500 additional miles on the car during his seven years of ownership before selling it in 2004 to a Mr. Roger Warren of Fort Collins, CO, where it would remain in his collection for the ensuing twelve years before we acquired the car earlier this winter with 77k original miles. Throughout its 55+ years of service, the car’s four owners have always ensured it was garaged and well maintained, never left to sit idle and degrade. It’s therefore never been restored, merely refurbished as necessary and lovingly kept in fine condition. It was never subjected to winters or the elements, has no evidence of any accident damage and retains an incredibly solid and sound original undercarriage.
As the pictures show, the second owner’s freshening efforts have help up quite well and the car remains absolutely gorgeous. While having its share of minor imperfections (each too insignificant to appear in the photos), the factory correct British Racing Green finish is deep and lustrous, perfectly offset by the clean beige interior. The body is straight, exhibiting no evidence of any accident damage and retaining exceptional, consistent panel fits and gaps. The glass and chrome are in excellent condition and, as the recipient of proper care and storage, the frame, rocker panels and the rest of the undercarriage all remain in excellent original condition, showing no evidence of harmful rust or sloppy repairs. A condition mirrored in the trunk and engine compartment, it tells the story of a remarkably untouched, extremely original example that has always lived a charmed life. The car comes with an owner’s manual, tool kit, original spare wire wheel and changing tools, functional retro-style radio and the aforementioned JDHT Heritage Certificate.
The car is also excellent mechanically, the original, numbers matching, 220 bhp, 3.8L engine (with twin SU Carburetors and uprated uprated 9:1 compression B-type head) starts effortlessly, idles smoothly and consistently and pulls with grin-inducing force through each of the original transmission’s gears, augmented by the spectacular roar emitted from the replaced dual stainless steel exhaust. The car drives and brakes straight and true, the suspension is tight and the car is a joy from behind the wheel, whether tooling through town, winding through the canyons or bombing down the highway. These things considered, this lovely example would be ideal for either weekend cruises to local shows or more strenuous touring.
As one of only 656 3.8L XK150 FHCs, this is a truly uncommon opportunity to acquire a gorgeous, very original, final production year example that has all the right things going for it: entirely numbers matching, 3.8L engine, manual transmission with overdrive, Special Equipment package, strong mechanicals, solid undercarriage and desirable, factory correct British Racing Green over beige livery. It would be incredibly difficult to find a similarly stellar original example so whether in the market as a marque enthusiast or as a seasoned Jaguar collector, this rare and incredible example deserves your serious consideration.