1960 XK150 Drophead Heads Up to Monterey for Auction

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1963 XK150

One of 174 lots up for bid at upcoming RM Sotheby’s Monterey auction, this XK150 Drophead is ready for a new home.

After the end of World War II, England turned its attentions toward making the best sports cars to wear British Racing Green, beginning with cars like the overnight sensation known as the Jaguar XK120. Bowing at the 1948 Earl’s Court Motor Show, the first XK drew an audience who believed the car was worth every penny of the $4,000 (in in 1948 U.S. dollars) Jaguar asked for the XK.

The XK’s evolution led to its final incarnation, the XK150, which arrived in 1957 for the 1958 model year. This 1960 XK150 is among 174 lots RM Sotheby’s will auction off when the auction house touches down August 22 through 25 in Monterrey, California for Monterrey Car Week.

1960 XK150

Built February 11, 1960, this XK150 underwent “a proper and very high-quality restoration performed by Jaguar professionals, with virtually no expense spared.” The interior leather may appear gray, but is a shade of green, the perfect contrast to the British Racing Green reapplied to bare metal.

1960 XK150

But it’s under the long hood where the real gem hides: the 3.8-liter inline-six. Fitted with the then-new “B” type cylinder head, the big six dropped 220 horses down through the four-speed manual to the rear chrome wire wheels, now wrapped in period-correct Dunlop Roadspeed RS5 tires.

1960 XK150

This XK150 is also a rarity, as it’s one of 2,672 XK150 dropheads ever produced. It also comes with a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate, a certified copy of its place in the assembly line, complete with every little detail on its build, where it went, and its original registration. Whomever drops anywhere from $150,000 to $200,000 on the drophead when it rolls up to the block August 24 will be one lucky owner of an amazing piece of post-war Jaguar history.

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Since launching her professional writing career nearly a decade ago as a fashion blogger, Cameron Aubernon has written for a handful of online and print publications on a wide variety of subjects, including expat issues, fashion, music, and, of course, the automotive industry. The automotive expert was even the editor-in-chief of a popular online lifestyle publication, where she reviewed luxury cars and interviewed fellow automotive enthusiasts.

A graduate of The Evergreen State College Class of 2005 with a bachelor's in liberal arts, Aubernon took a left turn from fashion writing into the automotive realm when she asked a fellow writer via Facebook if she could write for their site. Following an internship, stints with a couple of hyper-local online publications, and a move to Seattle, she made her then-biggest impact with The Truth About Cars, writing full-time for the publication from 2013 to 2015.

Currently, the highly-regarded automotive journalist is a frequent contributor to the high-traffic Internet Brands Auto Group websites Rennlist, Club Lexus, LS1Tech and Mustang Forums, among others.

Aubernon’s expert knowledge of all things Ford trucks has also made her a mainstay as one of the most prolific writers on Ford Truck Enthusiasts and F-150 Online.

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