Hershey | Lot 193
1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster
$85,250 USD | Sold
| Hershey, Pennsylvania
7 October 2021
- Restored by McCabe Automotive Restorations, Ltd. of Mundelein, Illinois
- 3.4-liter inline six-cylinder engine; four-speed manual transmission
- Finished in red with Biscuit colored Connelly leather
- Accompanied by Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate
Essentially a re-engineered XK 120 specifically intended for the United States market, the XK 140 was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1954. Nearly 90 percent were sold with left-hand drive and exported stateside during the model run from 1954–1957; 3,301 of the 3,347 roadsters built were so equipped. Changes were aimed at comfort—the most important being a roomier cockpit—and were designed to appeal to American buyers. Jaguar moved the bulkhead three inches forward, affording more legroom for taller drivers. The dashboard was raised an inch to give extra room beneath the steering wheel, and all roadsters were given an extra three inches of seat travel. These changes combined to make the XK 140 cockpit a more pleasing environment for its drivers.
Further, Lucas J700 headlamps, different front turn indicators and rear taillights, and license plate mountings were fitted. A boot lid handle was included for the first time, adding to the subtle exterior changes over its predecessor. Badging proudly proclaimed Jaguar’s Le Mans wins, and the chrome strip that ran down the bonnet was continued on the boot lid. Like the bonnet and doors, it was skinned in aluminum. An improved cooling system with an eight-blade fan, rack-and-pinion steering, sturdier bumpers, and a single 12-volt battery replaced the twin 6-volt units that lived under the bonnet (rather than behind the seats), completing the transformation from XK 120 to XK 140.
This XK 140 was restored by McCabe Automotive Restoration of Mundelein, Illinois and is believed to have only been driven a few thousand miles since completion. Indy Motorkraft of Carmel, Indiana rebuilt the engine, transmission, and dual carburetors, ensuring the Roadster performed as well as it looked. New front and rear brake drums, a new clutch, and new transmission bearings and seals were also fitted at this time. Biscuit-colored Connelly leather covers the seats, while the convertible top is also a matching-color canvas, contrasting nicely with the red exterior paint.
This XK 140 comes with a JDHT production record trace certificate, knock-off hammer, parts catalog, service manual, XK140 supplement, and other Jaguar literature.