Amelia Island | Lot 273
1956 Jaguar XK 140 Drophead Coupe
$162,400 USD | Sold
| Amelia Island, Florida
7 March 2020
- Jaguar’s iconic mid-1950s sports car
- Comprehensive restoration; correct wire-wheel example
- Matching-numbers engine block and cylinder head
- Finished in attractive Pacific Blue over tan leather
- Includes tool roll, owner’s manuals, and JDHT certificate
First shown at Earls Court in 1954 sporting the graceful lines of its predecessor, the XK 140 presented several improvements. Of the XK 140 series, the drophead coupe was the elite model, appointed to provide ultimate, luxurious open-air touring with its opulent wooden dash, comfortable leather seats, roll-up windows, and an all-weather convertible top.
This elegant and sporting Jaguar has received a complete restoration. The 21-month-long restoration, documented with receipts, included a media blast of the body including the engine compartment, a cylinder head rebuild, all new and/or rebuilt brake components, a new high-quality stainless steel exhaust system, porcelain exhaust headers, rebuilt radiator, new wiring harness, new body rubber, new shock absorbers, new electrical and/or rebuilt electrical components, and a complete reseal of the engine, gearbox, and differential.
Originally finished in Pastel Blue over a red interior, the XK 140 was refinished in a darker and very attractive Pacific Blue over a tan leather interior with matching dark blue carpeting. All bright trim was either replaced or replated, along with all-new seals and grommets installed throughout, new windshield glass, all-new top bows, and wood surrounds. The interior is trimmed in sumptuous tan leather accented luxuriously with wood that was polished to perfection and clear-coated. A set of seat belts have been installed for safety. The convertible top, with the correct “pin beading” surrounding it, is an elegant dark blue, as is the matching boot cover. Finishing off the restoration is a new set of Vredestein Sprint Classic tires mounted on new wire wheels.
Beautifully restored, this XK 140 is both sporting and comfortable, making it a perfect choice for stylish touring as well as Jaguar club activities.