Launched in 1954, the Jaguar XK140 was broadly similar to, though more refined than, its sensational XK120 predecessor, major engineering changes being confined to the repositioning of the engine 3" further forward and the adoption of rack-and-pinion steering as used on the racing C-Type. The suspension and brakes remained much as before, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and telescopic shock absorbers replacing the previous lever type at the rear. Outwardly the newcomer was distinguishable by its revised radiator grille, rear lights incorporating flashing indicators, and larger bumpers - the latter adopted to withstand the cut and thrust of urban parking. XK140 performance was well up to the standards set by its exemplary predecessor, contemporary magazine road-tests regularly recording top speed figures in excess of 120mph. Originally a left-hand drive model exported to the USA, this XK140 roadster has formed part of the current owner's private collection of Jaguar motor cars for the past 12 years. The car has been converted to right-hand drive configuration and benefits from extensive refurbishment carried out while in the vendor's care. These works have included refurbishing the original wheels; completely overhauling the braking system and front suspension; re-coring the original radiator; totally rewiring the electrics; and stripping and repainting the boot area. In addition, the engine was taken out and the cylinder head removed and overhauled before being reinstalled, while Burlen Fuel Systems reconditioned the carburettors. The original Moss gearbox has been replaced with a more user-friendly all-synchromesh Jaguar XJ6 Series II unit, retaining the original bell housing and clutch mechanism. New parts fitted include the fuel tank, stainless steel exhaust system and tonneau cover, the latter sourced from specialist coach-trimmers, Suffolk & Turley. Presented in generally good condition, the car is offered with a quantity of expired MoTs, Jaguar-Daimler Heritage Trust certificate, current road fund licence, Swansea V5 and MoT to September 2010. The original Moss gearbox is included in the sale.
Please note there is no hood or frame with this Lot. We note the speedo is also not functioning.