The 3.8S was used as a platform to test the new engine for the forthcoming E-Type, and the increase in engine size wasn’t simply an increase in capacity. The ‘S’ head was completely redesigned, for example, so in conjunction with the three 3 inch SU carburettors the bhp increased from 220 to 265 from standard. If you consider the competition at the time – the Ferrari 250 Short Wheel Base was around 240bhp, the 250 Testa Rossa around 300bhp – it was exceptional power for a road car.
Chassis T 827597 DN is a Home Market, matching numbers 3.8S Drop Head Coupe, completed on the 14th June 1960. Supplied via Henlys, London, in the early 1970s this XK found its way to Sweden. Ownership there is known from 1971, with correspondence on file, before the current U.K. owner repatriated the car in 1989. He enlisted Jaguar specialist P&K Thornton to complete a full, chassis up restoration. This was completed between 1990 and 1993. A photographic summary of restoration accompanies the history file, which is weighty with bills.
The current owner is a perfectionist and due to some minor stress cracks and crazing in the paint, the whole car was repainted in 2020. Always serviced, always well maintained, this is a superb example of the highly sought-after 3.8S Drop Head Coupe, arguably the most advanced and usable of all the Jaguar XK’s.