1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed-Head Coupé
Chassis no. A815713
Engine no. G 8255-8
3,442cc DOHC inline 6-cylinder engine
Twin SU carburetors
190bhp at 5,500rpm
4-speed manual transmission with overdrive
Independent front suspension and rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs
4-wheel hydraulic drum brakes
*Well optioned example
*Delivered new to the US Embassy in Norway
The XK140 SE
Newly introduced for 1955, 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. 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.
Special Equipment (SE) cars came with wire wheels and Lucas fog lamps, and could be ordered with the C-type cylinder head for 20 more horsepower. XK140 performance was well up to the standards set by its exemplary predecessor, contemporary road-tests regularly recording top speed figures in excess of 120mph.
The Motorcar Offered
Built in June of 56, this XK140 SE was delivered new to Louis R. Emme at the US Embassy in Oslo, Norway. While indicated as a Special Equipment Model on the Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, it is also noted that the C-type cylinder head was not specified for this carhence the absence of that element today. This could be attributed to the difficulty to find higher octane fuels in Norway at the time.
Known by the current owner for more than a decade this Jag has survived in appealing honest condition. The British racing green paint is an older respray and the interior upholstery has been largely changed or dyed at some point, but the whole car is quite even and honest in its presentation. The provided heritage certificate indicates the car was delivered in crème over red upholstery. It appears the car has never been torn down and fully restored and today is a nice straight car free of any major corrosion issues. The car runs well and is described by the vendor as in driving condition. Cosmetically the car shows nicely and would make an appealing driver or rally machine as is, but one would not be remiss to wish to freshen thing up. Number matching and honestly presented; it is a fine example that with a little bit of work would make an excellent and very usable machine.
- The vendor has advised us that the gas tank is leaking and has therefore been drained of fuel. As such we have not been able to run the car and cannot comment on its mechanical condition.