The XK120 set new standards in car design and manufacture, but some of Jaguar’s suppliers needed time to catch up – they were not used to making lights and brakes for 120+ mph cars. It is to Jaguar’s credit that it ran a development programme which continued to within months of the last XK150.
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; there were stiffer torsion bars and improved lights, cooling, brakes and steering. 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.
On the coupés models there were additional seats for children but – nice touch – the back squabs were detachable so that an adult could use the space seated across the car. The entire range abounded with clever details such that the XK series is one of the few which truly merit the term ‘great’.
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 stunning 1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head coupe was originally delivered to Canada and is fitted with the SE specification C-Type cylinder head. Having had only just 2 owners in the last 60 years, our vendor has had the XK inspected in his workshop and can confirm it drives extremely well. Finished in beautiful dark blue paint, with a grey leather interior and chrome wire wheels, and offered with original title and all duties paid, what a wonderful usable classic car which can be enjoyed in a number of events across Europe.