1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8

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Lot 33
Recently restored and diligently maintained
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER

Sold for US$ 118,800 inc. premium
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER

Chassis no. A810835DN
Engine no. G2355-8

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
210bhp at 5,750rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Independent Front Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Recent restoration
*Diligently maintained
*Delightful green color scheme
*Matching numbers engine
*Offered with JCNA Heritage Certificate



JAGUAR XK140

The XK140 offered many new features and improvements over the stunning XK120, which stood the automotive world on its ear at its Earl's Court introduction in 1948. Introduced in late 1954, the XK140 was again offered in Fixed-head coupe (FHC), Drop-head coupe (DHC) and Roadster versions, all with a subtly restyled body. The new XK boasted a redesigned box-section frame with a more supple suspension that included larger torsion bars and anti-roll bars, improved brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering to replace the earlier recirculating-ball system. Perhaps most importantly for customers in the vital North American mar-ket, there was a larger and more comfortable cockpit with increased legroom, thanks to the engine and transmission assembly being moved forward by three inches, along with the firewall and instrument panel. The cowling and steering wheel were both raised. The XK140 boasted better parking protection via larger, full-width bumpers with over-riders, again with the American buyer in mind.

Beneath its shapely bonnet and redesigned grille rested a more powerful 190 hp 3.4-liter twin-cam six with higher-lift camshafts and an improved ignition system. A four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive allowed the fortunate driver to enjoy relaxed motoring. Although the XK140 was a few hundred pounds heavier than the XK120, it was also faster, with a top speed of about 130 mph in standard form. A very desirable option was the C-type's higher-performance, larger-valved cylinder head, which gave an additional 20 horsepower, pushing output to about 210. That choice gave correspondingly quicker acceleration and a greater maximum speed. Almost 8900 units were shipped from Coventry between 1954 and 1957, when the XK140 was superseded by the more muscular and luxurious XK150.


THE MOTORCAR OFFERED

This delightful XK140 SE was completed on the 26th of January 1955. At that time it was finished in Pas-tel Blue, and trimmed in Blue leather. The car was also fitted with the desirable SE package, SE for Special Equipment, and dispatched to the infamous Hoffman distributorship in New York.

Although the cars early history remains unknown, the car was be the early 2000s owned by Jaguar enthusiast Brian James Murphy. In 2008 the car was purchased by a Minnesota based Jaguar enthusiast. While in his care, the car was subject to a comprehensive restoration, which included a full repaint and re-trim in the current color of Suede Green, with matching green leather interior. The engine compartment is also in very good condition with what is believed to be the factory data plate in place as well as the matching cylinder and engine block stampings.

The car was acquired by the consignor in 2014, and since has been very well cared for, as evidenced by the number of recent receipts. On a recent test drive with a Bonhams representative, the car demonstrated great road manners. The steering was very tight and direct, and the brakes had a very good feel with good stopping power. Also, the engine was very responsive and demonstrated a very crisp exhaust note. All in all, this is a wonderful XK140 Roadster, one which would certainly be very welcome at shows, tours, or various historic rallies.

Footnotes

  • Please note that this car is titled with chassis number A810835.
Contacts
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
1955 JAGUAR XK140 SE ROADSTER  Chassis no. A810835DN Engine no. G2355-8
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