1955 Jaguar XK 140

XK 140 OTS

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    1955
  • Car type 
    Other
  • Chassis number 
    S 811156
  • Lot number 
    187
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Interior colour 
    Other
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Other
  • Fuel type 
    Other

Description

US title
EU customs cleared

- Very sound
- Rare SE
- Maintained to be reliable

The career of the XK 120 lasted six years and the clientèle, particularly from the other side of the Atlantic, were then demanding an even greater level of refinement, more room and more power. And so in October 1954 the 120 was replaced by the XK 140. Some 3281 examples were built of the roadster, which had a similar architecture, but featured improvements to the body and the engineering. The "Special Equipment" models sported two fog lights above the bumpers. Inside, the seats and dash remained the same, but there was more room, in part because the engine was positioned further forward on the chassis. This new engine layout gave the car greater stability, helped also by the Alford and Alder rack-and pinion steering.

The car presented was sold new to Los Angeles, according to the Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate, built to SE (Special Equipment) specification. It was restored by the previous owner between 2010 and 2012 and fitted with a more powerful 3.8-litre engine, Pertronix electronic ignition, stainless steel exhaust, new oil pump and new electrical circuit. The fuel tank and the electric pump are new and the carburettors have been reconditioned. The brakes have been completely overhauled, as has the wiper motor. The grey leather upholstery has been tastefully redone, and it is worth noting that bucket seats, optional in period, are very rare. The car comes with a rare tonneau cover, but no hood. The body is painted in the prestigious Ecurie Ecosse tint, and it boasts a sporty 16" Moto Lita steering wheel.