1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8

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Lot 119
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8

Sold for CHF 80,500 (US$ 86,624) inc. premium
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé
Chassis no. 807050
Engine no. G2758-8
• The 50th right-hand drive drophead coupé produced
• First registered in the UK
• In Switzerland since circa 1976
• Extensively refurbished in 2001 (bills available)
• Present ownership since 2003

Footnotes

  • Introduced 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. The suspension and brakes remained much as before, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and telescopic shock absorbers replacing lever type at the rear. Outwardly the newcomer was distinguishable by its revised radiator grille, rear lights incorporating flashing indicators, and larger bumpers. The power unit remained Jaguar's well-tried, 3.4-litre, twin-cam six, which now produced 190bhp in standard trim. A close-ratio gearbox enabled better use to be made of the increased performance and overdrive became an option for the first time. 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.

    Chassis number '807050' is the 50th right-hand drive drophead coupé produced. Accompanying UK registration records list three previews owners from Sussex: Christopher McArthur (from 1969); Howard John Kirk (from 1971); and Richard Francis (from 1974). The car is recorded as being green at first, then red, then white, and finally its current Navy Blue. The vendor bought the XK in 2003 from Pichler GFG in Gstaad and advises us that it has been in Switzerland since 1974 (documented). There are invoices on file relating to the vendor's ownership totalling CHF80,000 for the car's maintenance over the past 18 years, including CHF42,000 spent on the engine in June 2006. Offered with a Swiss Carte Grise.

    Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé 1954
    Châssis n° 807050
    Moteur n° G2758-8

    • Le 50e cabriolet à conduite à droite produit
    • Première immatriculation au Royaume-Uni
    • En Suisse depuis environ 1976
    • Entièrement rénovée en 2001 (factures fournies)
    • Aux mains du vendeur depuis 2003

    Dévoilée en 1954, la Jaguar XK 140 était globalement similaire - bien que plus raffinée – à son extraordinaire devancière, la XK 120, les modifications mécaniques les plus notables étant son moteur avancé de 7,5 cm et l'adoption d'une direction à crémaillère. Freins et suspensions restaient identiques avec des barres de torsion plus rigides à l'avant et des amortisseurs télescopiques à l'arrière à la place des amorisseurs à levier.
    Extérieurement, la nouvelle venue se distinguait par sa nouvelle calandre, ses feux arrière intégrant les clignotants et ses pare-chocs plus épais. Le moteur était toujours le six cylindres Jaguar double arbre 3,4 litres bien rôdé qui développait désormais 190 ch dans sa version de base. Une boîte à étagement resserré permettait de mieux profiter du surcroît de puissance et un overdrive était pour la première fois proposé en option. Les performances de la XK 140 étaient bien supérieures à celles établies par sa prestigieuse devancière, les essais des magazines d'époque enregistrant régulièrement des vitesses maximales supérieures à 120 miles par heure (190 km/h).

    Le châssis numéro 807050 est le 50e cabriolet à conduite à droite produit. Le registre des immatriculations qui accompagne la voiture note trois propriétaires du Sussex : Christopher McArthur (à partir de 1969), Howard John Kirk (à partir de 1971) et Richard Francis (à partir de 1974). La voiture fut d'abord verte, puis rouge, ensuite blanche et finalement bleu marine aujourd'hui. Le vendeur a acheté la XK en 2003 chez Pichler GFG, à Gstaad, et nous signale qu'elle est en Suisse depuis environ 1974 (voir dossier). Des factures au dossier pour un total 80 000 F suisses ont été réglées par le vendeur au cours des 18 dernières années, quand la XK était en sa possession, dont 42 000 rien que pour le moteur en juin 2006. Vendue avec sa carte grise suisse.

Saleroom notices

  • Please note that the car performed well before it arrived to the venue but unfortunately, we were not able to start it after onsite inspection. According to our mechanics, it is believed to be a malfunction of the distributor. Therefore, the revised estimates is CHF75,000 – 105,000. Merci de bien vouloir noter que la voiture fonctionnait parfaitement avant son arrivée sur le lieu de vente mais qu'après inspection sur place, nous n'avons pas pu la démarrer. Selon nos mécaniciens, il est probable que cela provienne d'un disfonctionnement du distributeur. Ainsi, la nouvelle estimation est 75,000 – 105,000CHF.
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1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
1954 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé  Chassis no. 807050 Engine no. G2758-8
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