1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S

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Long-term single-family ownership for decades
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe

Sold for US$ 55,000 inc. premium
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe

Chassis no. S815222
Engine no. G6312-8S

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
210bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes


*Matching numbers example
*Long-term single-family ownership for decades
*The most weather-friendly XK body style
*Eligible for the majority of vintage rally events
*One of the most capable sports cars of its day



THE JAGUAR XK140

"For 1955, Jaguar present a range of models incorporating not only added refinements, but mechanical advances directly derived from their many outstanding successes in international competitive events. All the wealth of experience gained on the race-tracks of the world and in record-breaking speed and endurance tests is built into every Jaguar to provide for discriminating motorists the highest degree of efficient performance allied to comfort and safety" - Jaguar Cars Ltd.

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. Like its forbear, the XK140 was built in three model types: roadster, coupé and drophead coupé, the latter two offering usefully increased cabin space and occasional rear seats. 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.

The power unit remained Jaguar's well-tried, 3.4-liter, twin-cam six, which now produced 190bhp in standard trim thanks to higher-lift camshafts and revised porting. To ensure reliability, steel bearing caps replaced the previous cast-iron type. A close-ratio gearbox enabled better use to be made of the increased performance while Laycock-de Normanville overdrive became an option for the first time. Special Equipment (SE) XK140s came with wire wheels and Lucas fog lamps, and could be ordered with an engine developing 210bhp courtesy of the 'C'-type cylinder head. 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. Tested by Road & Track magazine, a USA-specification XK140 MC (as the 'C'-type head-equipped SE version was known here) recorded a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 121.1mph.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This charming XK140 Fixed Head Coupe is believed to be a four-owner car from new, having reportedly resided in the ownership of one family for nearly 45 years, where it was passed down from father to son. According to the consignor, the XK140 was originally delivered in black over a red interior, and was painted in its current silver-grey by its long-term owner, probably some two decades ago. Some time ago the interior was also redone in red vinyl, while the Jaguar features an attractive set of chrome wire wheels and other features such as a Mota-Lita steering wheel and a pair of driving lights.

More recently, the carburetors have been rebuilt, while a Petronix ignition system has been installed. The brake master cylinder was sleeved with brass, this work being undertaken by White Post Restorations, and all brake lines were replaced. Additionally, the Jaguar was converted to a 12 volt electrical system for ease of operation.

Retaining its matching numbers original engine, this charming XK140 would be eligible as an interesting entry for any number of vintage rallies or shows. One of the most beautiful and charismatic sports cars of its era, this XK140 will undoubtedly turn heads at any car-guy gathering.

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1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe  Chassis no. S815222 Engine no. G6312-8S
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