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5-6 February 2014

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Lot 31

1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupé

  • Chassis no. S 814488
  • Engine no. G 4243-8S
  • Body no. J 4764

Sold for €117.600


210 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, torsion bar independent front suspension, live rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 2,590 mm

  • Matching-numbers XK140 SE
  • Meticulous body-off restoration by Mike Wilson
  • JCNA Concours award winner


The Jaguar XK120 created a sensation at the 1948 London Motor Show. It was low and lithe, with a curvaceous envelope body, and it had a newly designed dual overhead-cam six of 3,442 cubic centimetres. There was nothing else like it on the market, and in 1951, a handsome fixed head coupé was added to the line.



For 1955, the XK120 chassis was redesigned with larger torsion bars, better brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering. The engine was given higher-lift camshafts, which had the effect of raising horsepower to 190. There were also subtle appearance changes, such as the grille being given fewer bars that were more widely spaced and full-width bumpers being added.



Moving the engine forward about three inches allowed for a roomier cockpit, but it required the relocation of the battery compartment into the front wing. The car was re-designated XK140, and two “Special Equipment” variants were added, the XK140 M, which included a crankshaft dampener, wire wheels, a dual exhaust, twin fog lamps, and windshield washers, and the XK140 SE (also known as the MC), which added the big-valve cylinder head from the C-Type, raising horsepower to 210.



This XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupé is an outstanding example of the highly desirable Special Equipment version that featured the C-Type cylinder head. It was ordered through A&M Kooheji, the Jaguar distributors in Bahrain, and it was delivered to James R. Heising, who registered it briefly in the UK before exporting it to Pasadena, California. Shortly thereafter, it was sold to another California owner, in whose family it remained for more than 40 years.



In the 1990s, the car received a body-off restoration to the highest standards by renowned Jaguar specialist Mike Wilson in Visalia, California, and it was used only sparingly thereafter. The car has won numerous awards, including 2nd overall in the highly competitive Jaguar Club North America Championship.



The current owner acquired this XK140 in 1998. At the time, it was described as one of the best in the world. It has since been maintained to the highest standard, and it continues to justify its claim as one of the finest examples. It is totally authentic, with its original engine and tool roll, and it is finished in the original, as confirmed by its JDHT Certificate, and very desirable colour combination of Battleship Grey paint and a red leather interior.



This car is certainly amongst the very best XK140 Fixed Head Coupés worldwide, and it is bound to please a new owner and impress those it passes by.






Moteur six-cylindres en ligne, 3 442 cm3, 210 ch, deux ACT, boîte manuelle quatre rapports, roues avant indépendantes par barres de torsion, pont arrière rigide avec ressorts semi-ellipiques à lames, freins hydrauliques à tambours sur les quatre roues. Empattement: 2 590 mm.



  • XK 140 SE avec numéros concordants (« matching numbers »)
  • Restauration complète et méticuleuse par Mike Wilson
  • Gagnante d'un trophée au Concours du JCNA




La Jaguar XK 120 a fait sensation au Salon de Londres de 1948. Basse et élancée, avec une forme enveloppante, elle recevait un tout nouveau six-cylindres en ligne double arbre de 3 442 cm3. Il n'existait rien de comparable sur le marché. Un élégant coupé rejoignait la gamme en 1951.



En 1955, le châssis de la XK 120 était modifié, avec des barres de torsion plus grosses, de meilleurs freins et une direction à crémaillère. Le moteur recevait des arbres à cames plus pointus, ce qui faisait passer la puissance à 190 ch. On notait aussi des changements esthétiques subtils, les lames de calandre étant moins nombreuses et plus espacées, et les pare-chocs occupant toute la largeur de la voiture.



Le moteur était avancé de 7,5 cm, ce qui permettait d'agrandir l'habitacle mais nécessitait de déplacer la batterie dans l'aile avant. La voiture prenait alors le nom de XK 140. Deux versions « Special Equipment » apparaissaient au catalogue : la 140 M, qui comportait un amortisseur de vilebrequin, des jantes à rayons, un double échappement, deux phares antibrouillard et un lave-glace, et la 140 SE (connue aussi sous l'appellation MC), qui bénéficiait en plus de la culasse Type C à grosses soupapes et d'une puissance de 210 ch.



Le coupé XK140 SE présenté ici est un superbe exemplaire de la version Special Equipment extrêmement désirable, équipée de la culasse Type C. Commandée par le biais d'A&M Kooheji, distributeurs Jaguar à Bahreïn, cette voiture a été livrée neuve à James R. Heising, qui l'a immatriculée brièvement en Angleterre avant de l'exporter à Pasadena, en Californie. Peu de temps après, elle était vendu à un autre propriétaire californien, et restait dans sa famille pendant plus de 40 ans.



Dans les années 1990, la voiture bénéficiait d'une restauration de grande qualité avec mise à nu du châssis, effectuée par le spécialiste Jaguar renommé Mike Wilson, basé à Visalia, en Californie. Depuis cette remise en état, la voiture n'a été que modérément utilisée. Elle a remporté de nombreux prix, dont une seconde place au très compétitif Jaguar Club North America Championship.



Le propriétaire actuel a acheté cette XK 140 en 1998. A cette époque, elle était décrite comme une des meilleures du monde. Elle a été maintenue aux standards les plus élevés et peut continuer à prétendre faire partie des plus beaux exemplaires. Elle est totalement authentique, avec son moteur d'origine, sa trousse à outils, sa très désirable combinaison de couleurs d'origine : carrosserie « Battleship Grey » avec sellerie en cuir rouge, comme le confirme son certificat du JDHT.



Certainement un des plus beaux coupés XK 140 du monde, cette voiture ne peux que séduire un nouveau propriétaire et impressionner ceux qui la voient passer.

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