1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW

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Lot 107
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé

Sold for £ 59,740 (US$ 78,852) inc. premium
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé
Registration no. 294 UXF
Chassis no. S815758BW
*Imported from California
*Left-hand drive
*Restored between 2002 and 2006
*Manual/overdrive gearbox

Footnotes

  • '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-litre, 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 there) recorded a 0-60mph time of 8.4 seconds on the way to a top speed of 121.1mph.

    One of 1,965 XK140 coupés made in left-hand drive configuration, this desirable 'SE' model was discovered in California needing restoration, and was imported into the UK by the current vendor in 1992. The car was kept in storage until 2002 when it was despatched to renowned marque specialists Fullbridge Restorations for a concours-standard rebuild, which was completed in 2006. In the course of restoration, 'S815758BW' was fitted with a correct Moss four-speed manual/overdrive gearbox, replacing the original Borg Warner automatic.

    Since the rebuild's completion in 2006, the XK has been used regularly and serviced as required. The car was MoT'd annually from 2005 until the last MoT in November 2014 by J D Classics, after which the United Kingdom DVLA requirement for renewal was cancelled for classic cars. In 2011 the engine was rebuilt by Fullbridge and the cylinder head upgraded to C-type specification.
    Following a scrape to the passenger's side, JD Classics undertook a repaint of the entire car in 2012, and at the same time replaced the ignition system with one of their own electronic systems. In July 2014 JDC carried out a full service and replacement of worn parts, including the rear suspension springs (see bill for £9,118.60 on file). The most substantial history file contains invoices for all works carried out from 1992 to date, together with a comprehensive photographic record. A lovely XK140 SE coupé equipped with the desirable C-type-specification cylinder head .
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1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
1956 Jaguar XK140 SE Coupé  Chassis no. S815758BW
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