Open Roads, June | Lot 125
1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Fixed Head Coupé
€50,600 EUR | Sold
| Ismaning, Germany
23 - 30 June 2021
- Acquired by the consignor’s family in 1973
- Fitted with a later 3.8-litre XK 150 engine
- Retains a previous U.K. logbook
- Well-preserved older restoration
Please note this vehicle is located in Ismaning, Germany and not Karlskron, Germany as previously published.
Offering a slightly bump in performance from the already exceptional XK 140, the Special Equipment version featured Jaguar’s C-Type cylinder head, adding 20 bhp to offer a total power output of 210 bhp. Along with the revisions already built into the XK 140 platform, including increased legroom and the fitment of two rear seats thanks to moving the engine forward three inches, the XK 140 SE proved to be an excellent sports car but also a highly capable grand tourer, especially in fixed head coupe form.
According to the accompanying U.K. logbook, this left-hand drive XK 140 SE Fixed Head Coupe was first registered in the U.K. in June of 1955. Originally finished in grey with a black leather upholstery, it was given the U.K. registration RLK 803. The logbook shows that by 1963 it was registered to Michael Greenblade, who sold the car one year later to John Edward Harwick Sewell. Remaining in Mr. Sewell’s possession until 1966, the car was subsequently sold to Alfred George Wallom. At some point, the car’s original engine was fitted with a later 3.8-litre inline six-cylinder engine from an XK 150.
The Jaguar was acquired by the consignor’s family in 1973 and exported to Germany, where it has remained ever since. It was restored shortly thereafter and was repainted red whilst retaining its black leather upholstery. During the 1980s and 1990s, the car was driven regularly in vintage rallies in in Wiesbaden. Kept in a heated garage alongside a handful of other Jaguars of the same era, it has always been well looked after in its present ownership and used sparingly for special occasions in recent years.