|Cars - Jaguar|
|Odometer reading||32,000 miles|
Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Museum 1st September 2012 Car - 01/09/2012 / 1955 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupé / Lot 271
In 1954, the XK120's were superseded by the mechanically updated XK140's fitted with the more powerful 190bhp XK engine which had been used in the Special Equipment 120's. The new models were visually similar to their predecessors differing in external details only. The fixedhead had an extended roof line and together with the drophead Coupé, was given two small extra seats in the rear suitable for children or adults for a short journey, but they made the XK's a little more practical for the family man. Overdrive was now an optional extra and the car could be ordered with a C-Type head in which case power output was increased to 210bhp. The price of the roadster, all but a handful of which were exported, was now £1,127 (plus tax) with Special Equipment versions were known in the States as XK140M's and, when fitted with the C-type head, as MC's. The XK140's maintained the XK's popularity but very few found their way into competition although those that did performed well. Today, many are prepped for competition by such specialists as Guy Broad and Twyford Moors and represent formidable opponents. Originally shipped to Hoffman of New York, the main importer for Jaguar cars in the USA, in June 1955, this lefthand drive Jaguar XK140 drophead coupé spent some time in California and is believed to have been restored there before going to Japan in 1996. There it was part of a large collection and was used sparingly. Recently the car has returned to Europe and had further sympathetic restoration so the paint and chrome are in very good condition. This is a well sorted driving XK140 which performs very well indeed. The engine has been replaced with a 3.8 litre unit which shows good oil pressure and is unusually quiet. The Moss gearbox and the drum brakes have been fully checked and set up properly. This car is supplied with a V5C registration document, an MoT test certificate which expires in December 2012, a history file including some invoices and photos and a JDHT Heritage certificate. The XK140 DHC is perhaps the most sought after of all the XK models as it combines the swooping lines and the veneered dash of the XK120 with extra cabin space and improved steering. The practicality of a folding hood and windup windows make this model particularly suited to UK conditions. The Drophead Coupé is the rarest of the three XK140 body styles with only 2,800 being produced before the introduction of the XK150 in 1957.