1955 Jaguar XK 140

Roadster OTS SE

Summary

  • Year of manufacture 
    3/1955
  • Mileage 
    15 000 km / 9 321 mi
  • Car type 
    Convertible / Roadster
  • Chassis number 
    S811180
  • Drive 
    LHD
  • Condition 
    Used
  • Exterior brand colour 
    Dark green
  • Interior colour 
    Beige
  • Interior type 
    Leather
  • Number of doors 
    2
  • Number of seats 
    2
  • Location
  • Exterior colour 
    Green
  • Gearbox 
    Manual
  • Drivetrain 
    2wd
  • Fuel type 
    Petrol

Description

-Chassis S811180
-High quality driver
-Superbly sorted engine
-Multiple maintenance records
-Desirable 'Special Equipment' example
-Factory LHD

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The Jaguar XK140 SE Roadster we are offering here is chassis S811180. The car left the works on 18 March 1955 before it was dispatched on 4 April to the US market. As a factory left hand drive example, this car was originally black with grey, red-piped leather interior. Supplied new in Honburg in the Los Angeles area, S811180 will remain in the United-States for the next couple of decades before being re-imported in Europe during the mid-80s.
In 1989 the car was briefly registered for a year in the Paris area before it was acquired by Philippe Lauriat in 1990, another Paris-based enthusiast. At that time it was decided to take S811180 down to bare metal and perform a ground-up restoration by marque specialist Harper, of which most invoices and photography documentation are still available in the file.
At the same time Mr Lauriat decided to have the car repainted in very dark green with beige hide trim, a livery which the car still remains with today.
In 2000, S811180 was acquired by its current owner who had the car maintained continously and regardless of costs during nearly 20 years !

The XK140 is a much better balanced car than the XK120 and less bulkier than the XK150. It represents the perfect compromise of one of the most iconic 50’s British sports cars. Benefiting of a more spacious trunk than the XK120, it allows the driver to easily go on historic rallies and / or weekend trips. Equipped with the rare S head and stronger H8 carburetors, the car is an ideal entrant for more major historic events.
This example has received a thorough mechanical maintenance and is on the button, ready for immediate enjoyment.

French registered