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’. 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 variants the factory offered; drophead, coupe and roadster were outstanding, 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 desirable ‘Special Equipment’ specification example, fitted with more the powerful C-Type cylinder head, original to this car along side its matching numbers engine, has in recent years been subject to extensive work. Having been brought back to bare metal, no expense has been spared and its new paintwork and interior trim are difficult to realistically fault.
Simply a beautiful example of the evocative XK140, its matching numbers engine has recently been rebuilt by marque specialists Jaguar Workshop. Additional work includes all new-weather equipment and trim-work, making this wonderful British sports car ready to be enjoyed by its new custodian.
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