Lot 278 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster

Lot 278 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster

Lot 278 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster

Lot Number 278
Registration RZ6724
Chassis Number 810963
Engine Number G19358
Odometer reading 3,140 miles
Estimate £70,000 - £80,000

The Jaguar XK140 was manufactured between 1954 and 1957with some 3,283 lefthand drive models predominantly destined for America and a mere 74 left for the rest of us. It was the successor to Jaguar's highly successful XK120. Upgrades included better brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel and modern tube type shock absorbers instead of the older lever arm design. The primary visual change however was the more substantial front and rear bumpers and larger overriders. Another new feature was modern flashing turn signals, operated by a separate switch on the dash. The twin amber lights positioned above the front bumper helped to distinguish the XK140. The front grille size stayed the same but became a one piece cast unit with fewer, thicker vertical slats. The Jaguar badge was fitted to the grille itself, rather than being mounted between the grille and hood/bonnet as on the XK120. A chrome trim strip also extended back over the bonnet and at the rear continued down the centre of the boot lid, where it contained a red shield with the words 'Winner Le Mans 1951-3' inscribed in gold.

The interior was also improved for taller drivers with an addition of three inches of legroom as a result of relocating the engine, firewall and dash slightly forward. The new arrangement left no room for the XK120 battery compartment and the single battery was now located low down inside the wing on the inlet side. It continued with the now famous six cylinder XK engine. Interestingly, in 1956, the XK140 became the first Jaguar sports car to be offered with automatic transmission. As with the XK120, wire wheels and dual exhausts were options, although most cars imported into the United States had wire wheels. Cars with disc wheels continued to be offered with spats closing the rear wheel arch.

The XK140 was available in three body styles - The Drophead Coupé, Fixedhead Coupé and by far the most desirable and rarest, The Open Two Seater or Roadster. This had a light canvas top assembly that, when lowered, fitted behind the seats and thus completely disappeared inside the body. The interior was trimmed in leather and leatherette; including the dash and, as with the XK120 Roadster, the XK140 Roadster had removable canvas and plastic side curtains on light alloy doors, and either a long or short tonneau cover to keep the cockpit dry with the top down.

With just 74 Roadsters ever made compared to the 1,323 drophead and fixedhead versions, it is no surprise that these now command appropriate values that reflect their rarity. Originally built in 1955, this model was then shipped to Oregon on the west coast of the United States of America. Latterly it was acquired in 1989 and bought back to Ireland. Restoration then commenced in 1990 and continued through to 1992 by Classic Marques in Downpatrick, County Down. Classic Marques are classic restoration specialists and their attention to detail can easily be seen upon inspection. At the same time, it was converted to righthand drive configuration with the obvious possibility to revert back to its original lefthand drive should the new owner require. With a full engine and body rebuild, complete re-trim including new hood and weather equipment, and finished in maroon with a contrasting tan interior, this must represent one of the finest XK140's in the country. Described by the vendor as ten out of ten in all respects, these very specialist sporting tourers are available for sale once in a blue moon.

Interested parties should satisfy themselves as to the description and condition of each Lot prior to the sale. Accordingly, buyers are on notice that each vehicle is offered ‘as is/as seen’ subject to the Terms and Conditions for the auction. All registration numbers, engine and chassis details are sourced from registration documents provided to Historics by the client or representative or HPI checks and buyers are to satisfy themselves as to the accuracy of these details. Buyers are advised to inspect the vehicle in person or use a professional to carry out this service. Historics will not entertain disputes over descriptions.

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