1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster
$180,000 - $220,000Offered without reserve
RM | Sotheby's - MONTEREY 15 - 17 AUGUST 2019 - Offered on Saturday
- Rare and desirable “OTS MC SE” high-performance XK 140
- Superb show-winning restoration by marque expert
- Correct tools, books, and handmade luggage accompany the car
- A finely presented, concours-quality Jaguar
The XK 140 MC was the top-of-the-line Jaguar in 1956. The Special Equipment models, designated as M and MC, were fitted with wire wheels and Lucas FT576 foglamps mounted above the front bumper. The MC was also equipped with the C-Type head, developed for the C-Type Le Mans race car, and the horsepower was raised to 210 at 5,750 rpm. Also, with the C-Type head came a dual exhaust system which used two separate silencers, with pipes running through holes in the chassis cross members and emerging below the rear over-rider. Additionally, it is fitted with a four-speed manual transmission with overdrive.
This XK 140 MC OTS (open two-seater) was originally supplied through Jaguar Cars New York, having left the factory on 16 April 1956. It is believed to be a fully matching-numbers car that was completely and professionally restored to the highest standards in 2004 by marque experts Vantage Motors of Stamford, Connecticut. The body was removed from the chassis, disassembled, stripped, and refinished. Additionally, the engine was balanced and assembled utilizing all-new Jaguar components. For added power, a pair of 2½ in. SU sandcast carburetors were installed to complement the larger Jaguar intake and exhaust valves, competition valve springs, and performance camshafts.
This XK 140 is finished beautifully in original Pearl Grey with contrasting Navy Blue Connolly leather and Stayfast soft top, side curtains, and tonneau cover. New old-stock “J” headlights and correct NOS horns illustrate the close attention to detail paid to the restoration of this great British classic. Complete restoration receipts in excess of $140,000 as well as a Jaguar Heritage Trust certificate accompany the car, as do correct tools, books, and beautifully handmade luggage.
This careful attention to detail was rewarded when the car won 1st in Class at the 2006 Palo Alto Concours and 1st in Class and Best Postwar Open Car at the 2007 Hillsborough Concours d’Elegance. In 2014 it was decided to paint the entire car to return it to show condition, presenting the next owner a sterling opportunity to exhibit this very special Jaguar once again. Equally at home on the road or the concours field, where it will surely be a contender for top class awards, this superbly restored XK 140 MC is one of the finest examples of the model RM has had the pleasure of offering.