Lot 171 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé
|Odometer reading||66,485 miles|
|Estimate||£58,000 - £64,000|
|Result||Sold - £104,160|
In 1954, the XK120's were superseded by the mechanically updated XK140's fitted with the more powerful 190bhp XK engine which had been used in the Special Equipment 120's. The new models were visually similar to their predecessors differing in external details only. The fixedhead had an extended roof line and, together with the drophead Coupé, was given two small extra seats in the rear suitable for children or adults for a short journey but they made the XK's a little more practical for the family man. Overdrive was now an optional extra and the car could be ordered with a C-Type head in which case power output was increased to 210bhp. The price of the roadster, all but a handful of which were exported, was now £1,127 (plus tax); Special Equipment versions were known in the States as XK140M's and, when fitted with the C-type head, as MC's. The XK140's maintained the XK's popularity but very few found their way into competition although those that did performed well. Today, many are prepped for competition by such specialists as Guy Broad and Twyford Moors and represent formidable opponents.
This rare, very original, matching numbers, righthand drive 1955 Jaguar XK140 drophead coupé was purchased by the owner in 1974 after seeing it advertised with 60,000 miles on the clock and in immaculate condition. It was a lot more money than he could afford but he dashed over to where the car was and wrote a cheque for much less than the asking price and put it on the bonnet; after 20 minutes the gentleman owner stepped forward and picked up the cheque. After a worrying week waiting for the cheque to clear, our vendor finally picked up the car. This car has been fully maintained and serviced by the vendor in his own workshop at his farm; it runs and drives superbly having only covered about 6,500 miles since its purchase. Finished in British Racing Green with black roof and brown leather interior, this XK140 is supplied with a V5C registration document, old registration documents and old Mot test certificates which go back to 2001. This is a rare opportunity to purchase an original XK140, righthand drive drophead coupé which has not been restored but is still in excellent condition throughout.
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