Lot 270 - 1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé
|Estimate||£82,000 - £90,000|
In 1954, the XK120's were superseded by the mechanically updated XK140's fitted with the more powerful 190bhp XK engine which had been used in the Special Equipment 120's. The new models were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.
Originally shipped to Hoffman of New York in December 1954, this XK 140 drophead coupé is believed to have spent some time in California before arriving in Europe in 2012. Photos show a remarkably complete and unspoiled car with excellent bodywork. It was restored and converted to righthand drive by a well known Northern Ireland Jaguar restorer and enthusiast so the paint, chrome and trim are to a very high standard. This is a well sorted driving XK which performs well and looks very good. It was fully serviced and checked through by XK specialists Twyford Moors in September 2014 at a cost of £4,000 since when it has been used sparingly. The engine shows good oil pressure, it has an unusually quiet Moss gearbox and the drum brakes are well set up. Finished in blue with black soft top roof and cream leather interior, this XK140 is supplied with a V5C registration document, a Heritage Certificate and a history file containing invoices and photographs. The XK140 drophead coupé is perhaps the most sought after of all the XK models as it combines the swoopy lines and the veneered dash of the XK120 with the extra cabin space and improved steering of the XK140. The practicality of a folding hood and windup windows make this model particularly suited to UK conditions. It is the rarest of the three XK140 body styles with only 2,800 being produced before the introduction of the XK150 in 1957.
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