Lot 161 - 1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 161 - 1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot 161 - 1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupé

Lot Number 161
Registration EFA 790
Chassis Number 804735DN
Engine Number 9827688
Odometer reading 16,419 miles
Result Sold - £59,176
  • Subject of restoration
  • Unique period, metal sunroof
  • Some ‘Special Equipment’ upgrades

The Jaguar XK140 SE Fixedhead Coupé was a sports car produced by Jaguar Cars between 1954 and 1957. It was an updated version of the previous model the XK120, with several improvements including more interior space, improved brakes and steering, and a revised suspension system. The SE version was even more powerful, with a C-type cylinder head and dual exhaust system, producing 210bhp. The XK140 SE Fixedhead Coupé was a stunning car to look at, with its sleek and aerodynamic design. It featured a long bonnet, flowing wings, and a curved roofline that gave it a sporty and elegant look. The interior was equally impressive, with leather seats, a wood-rimmed steering wheel, and a stylish dashboard. With its powerful engine and agile handling, the XK140 SE Fixedhead Coupé was a joy to drive. It could accelerate from 0 to 60 mph in around eight seconds and had a top speed of 125 mph, making it one of the fastest cars of its time. It was also a comfortable and refined car to drive, with a smooth ride and excellent noise insulation.

This loverly Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupé was first registered on the 22nd June 1956. The car was originally painted in Pearl Grey, as confirmed in the original buff log book. The car has been subject to a couple of cosmetic restorations and ‘Special Equipment’ upgrades including knock-on wire wheels, twin fog lamps and windscreen washers, the car is also fitted with a dual exhaust system. The unique feature of this XK140 by far is the non-factory sunroof that would have been fitted shortly after the car was built. This is an exceptionally rare, period modification to be found on XK`s and we are told is waterproof! Many enthusiasts have pointed out that they have never seen such a sunroof in metal on a XK140 and only one ever on a XK150. The car has a vast history file with invoices dating back to 1987. A bare metal respray to red was carried out on the car in 2003 totalling around £42,500 and there are photographs on file showing this process. The car was then most recently restored again in 2017 to return the car to it’s original specification, being painted Pearl grey and an expensive retrim in blue leather. The car has benefitted from continuous expenditure on it in the last 30 years on top of these restorations, the latest carried out in late 2023 when the rear brakes were overhauled, and the front brakes uprated to disc brakes. A delightful car offering the best of both worlds with almost open-air motoring for those summer days and closed for those chilly autumnal days.

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