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Lot 117

1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 812476
  • Engine no. G 7957-8

Sold for $115,500

Please note that this lot is titled as a 1957.

190 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent wishbone front suspension with torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rear live axle with semi-elliptical springs, and four-wheel Lockheed drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

  • Numbers-matching engine per its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate
  • Presented in Old English White over red leather, as originally built
  • Restored by Hibernia Auto Restorations; comprehensively refreshed in 2015

Essentially a re-engineered XK 120 specifically intended for the United States market, the XK 140 was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1954. Nearly 90 percent were sold with left-hand drive and exported stateside during the model run from 1954–1957; 3,301 of the 3,347 roadsters built were so equipped. Changes were aimed at comfort—the most important being a roomier cockpit—designed to appeal to American buyers. Jaguar moved the bulkhead three inches forward, affording more legroom for taller drivers. The dashboard was raised an inch to give extra room beneath the steering wheel, and all roadsters were given an extra three inches of seat travel. These changes combined to make the XK 140 cockpit a more pleasing driving environment for its drivers.

Lucas J700 headlamps, different front turn indicators and rear taillights, and license plate mountings were fitted. A boot lid handle was included for the first time, adding to subtle exterior changes over its predecessor. Badging proudly proclaimed Jaguar’s Le Mans wins, and the chrome strip that ran down the bonnet was continued on the boot lid. Like the bonnet and doors, it was skinned in aluminum. An improved cooling system with an eight-blade fan, rack-and-pinion steering, sturdier bumpers, and a single 12-volt battery replaced the twin 6-volt units that lived under the bonnet (rather than behind the seats), completing the transformation from XK 120 to XK 140.

According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this matching-numbers example is painted Old English White with a black cabriolet roof over red leather, as it was originally delivered. Wide whitewall tires on steel rims and rear fender spats are authentically presented as Sir William Lyons desired. It was restored by Hibernia Auto Restorations of Rockaway, New Jersey, in 2008 and comprehensively refreshed in 2014–2015. Today, it maintains its exceptional fit and finish all around and comes complete with its tools and spare tire.

Most recently at The Quail in 2015, this car was named by Motor Trend as one of its 25 favorites, referring to it as “a stunning example.” The trophy and plaque are included in the purchase of this desirable XK that will certainly delight Jaguar and sports car aficionados alike.


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