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Lot 136 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster

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ESTIMATE £80,000- £90,000

Auction True Greats 2017
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Lot Number 136
Reg. Number UK Registered
Chassis Number S811135DN
Year 1955
Make Jaguar
Model XK140

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Description

When the XK140 was announced in 1954 it was essentially a Mk II version. It retained the excellent dynamics of the XK120 and its superb level of appointment and attention to detail. Engine power increased to 190bhp as well as an increase to 210Bhp for the MC specification models. Stiffer torsion bars, improved lights, cooling, brakes and steering were just a few of the other upgrades to the XK range.

The main improvement, however, was moving the engine and scuttle three inches forward which gave better handling and improved cockpit space without compromising the car’s stunning lines. The entire range abounded with clever details such that the XK series is one of the few which truly merit the term ‘great’. Of the three variants the factory offered, the drophead coupé was the least common and just 2,789 were made. With its permanently attached hood (the frame is a minor masterpiece) and wind-up windows, it is an ideal compromise between the more sparsely equipped roadster and the fixed-head coupé.

All three models were outstanding, however, and only the most expensive exotica could match them either under real driving conditions or for kerbside presence. Taking into account reliability, refinement and sheer pleasure of driving, the XK140 was one of the outstanding cars of its day and it remains one of the greatest classic cars.

This Special Equipment XK140, fitted with its original and desirable C-Type cylinder head is presented in the beautiful combination of carmen red over black leather interior

Delivered new to Hoffman, New York this wonderful XK140 MC spent most of its life in the dry states of America. In 1981 the car was registered in the state of California where it lived until it was shipped to the UK. In the current vendors ownership, the car has seen recommissioning work including a suspension and brake system overhaul as well as a new interior and hood which presents very well at this time a new stainless-steel exhaust system was also fitted. In very original condition the car is presented with the original C-Type Cylinder head, engine and manual overdrive gearbox. Still in its Left-hand drive specification the car on offer is offered with original side screens and a new tonneau cover. Showing just 28,000 miles on the odometer this wonderful XK140 can be used for numerous events, or for touring holidays in the UK and abroad.


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