Lot 197 - 1954 Jaguar XK140 SE Roadster
|Odometer reading||5,385 miles|
|Estimate||£100,000 - £125,000|
- Owned by the vendor for 29 years
- C-Type cylinder head & Moss gearbox
- Stunning condition
The Jaguar XK140 was manufactured between 1954 and 1957 with some 3,276 lefthand drive OTS (open two-seater) models predominantly destined for America and a mere 73 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 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.
Repatriated to the UK in the late 1980’s, this XK140 immediately underwent a full nut & bolt restoration when she was converted to righthand drive. The condition of the car currently can only be described as superb which is an indication as to the quality of the previous restoration work. The current vendor has owned this car for the last 29 years and has fastidiously maintained her regardless of cost. Very few upgrades have been carried out on the car as the vendor is of the opinion to keep her as close as possible to factory specification; however she has been fitted with a Kenlowe cooling fan, electronic ignition, electric choke, a Mohair hood and cover together with side screens. Finished in British Racing Green with beige leather interior, this XK140 is equipped with the 3.4 litre engine complete with the original C-type cylinder head and Moss gearbox. Supplied with a V5C registration document and a current MoT test certificate valid until 29th October 2020 together with a history folder, this XK140 Roadster is a delightful example and is sure to appeal to the discerning buyer.
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