Lot 154 - 1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster ‘Fast Road’
|Odometer reading||7,700 miles|
|Estimate||£65,000 - £75,000|
A red shield can be found centered on the rear bootlid stating in gold, quite rightly, 'Winner Le Mans 1951-3' on an Jaguar XK140. There is little surprise then that it was this model of motorcar that the vendor chose when deciding upon an XK to use for UK and continental touring. The 140 also has better brakes, steering and suspension compared to its predecessor, the XK120 although most of this was to change during a subsequent restoration.
Built on the 3rd February 1955, it was promptly despatched on the 18th February to world famous US importer, Max Hoffman in New York. History relates that it was then acquired by Andreas Markus of Fellbach, Germany followed by the now previous owner, Jurgen Bremmer & Thomas Schaefer who extensively rebuilt and rallied the car. With racing very much in its DNA and significant rallying in its recent past, it was a perfect choice for the current owner. Registered and purchased in 2016 with all duties paid, it was also inspected by the DVLA with numbers cross referenced and certified by both the DVLA and the JDHT. Since then, it has been regularly used and improved by the vendor since purchase including outings at Shelsley Walsh, the Round Britain Coastal Drive with XK Club, numerous race meetings at Goodwood & Brooklands and the Laon Historic Rally in 2019.
According to the vendor, it carries a tuned, matching numbers engine, body & chassis with a bespoke six-branch stainless steel manifold and exhaust system. A five-speed, full-synchro gearbox, front disc brakes with servos and the brakes recently relined with new shoes. A high-torque starter motor, electronic ignition and electric fan can also be found alongside fully adjustable shock absorbers, alternator charging (negative earth conversion) and the battery, with isolator, moved to boot for easy access. It sits purposefully on 72 spoke chromium-plated wire wheels. Up top is a Monza fuel filler cap to the rear, a works-style louvred bonnet with leather safety-strap, competition fogs lamps and Luke 4-point harnesses fitted to the cockpit. It is, as you would expect, fully serviced and carries a current MoT test certificate including a recent oil & filter change. It has been well restored and has proved extremely reliable with sensible driver upgrades. It is now ready for the next grand motoring adventure...
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