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Historics at Brooklands / Brooklands Motor Museum 29th August 2015 Cars - 29/08/2015 / 1954 Jaguar XK140 Aluminium Roadster / Lot 276
In 1954, the XK120's were superseded by the mechanically updated XK140's fitted with the more powerful 190bhp XK engine which had been used in the Special Equipment 120's. The new models were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, making 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. Very similar to the first XK120's with bespoke aluminium bodies, this spectacular XK140 has had a full aluminium body, hand-crafted in Germany at vast expense by the last owner. This includes an aluminium boot lid, bonnet, doors & wings. At the same time, the car was fitted with upgraded brakes, a five-speed Getrag gearbox and a highly tuned, triple carburettor and 3.8 litre engine. It should be noted that this gorgeous example cost a small fortune to build; nearly €200,000 by all accounts, which was done with the intention of creating the ultimate driver's XK for fast road use. It is finished in perfect silver paintwork to the exterior with medium green leather and carpets to the interior. A Kenlowe fan is fitted to assist in cooling duties up front. Driving this car extemporises how exhilarating it is to drive; indeed it makes standard XK's look positively pedestrian. The road-holding is superb due to the fitting of over-sized radial tyres which also make for a more comfortable ride. The late owner was quite tall so it suits people who are long in the leg far better than a standard car although this can be adjusted through the peddle-box. With all the work completed and the invoices settled, this represents a good time to invest in a seriously well engineered motorcar.