1957 Jaguar XK140 Roadster

Sold For $63,250

Inclusive of applicable buyer's fee.

RM | Auctions - ST. JOHN'S 28 JULY 2012

Chassis No.
S 812485

190 bhp, 3,442 cc twin overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, four-speed manual transmission, independent wishbone front suspension with torsion bars and anti-roll bar, rear live axle with semi-elliptic springs, and servo-assisted Lockheed drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102"

• Recent freshening, including new paint, interior, tires, and engine rebuild

• Service manual and tool roll included

The XK140 was launched at the Earls Court Motor Show in October 1954. It was essentially a re-engineered XK120 intended specifically for the North American market. Nearly ninety percent, or 3,301 of 3,347 roadsters built, were sold with left-hand drive and exported to the States. Changes were aimed at comfort—the most important being a roomier cockpit. Jaguar moved the bulkhead three inches forward, which afforded tall drivers more legroom. The dashboard was raised an inch to give extra room beneath the steering wheel, and all examples were given an extra three inches of seat travel. These changes combined to make the XK140 cockpit a more pleasing driving environment for American drivers.

Subtle changes to the exterior appearance, which helped define the XK140, included Lucas J700 headlamps, different front turn indicators and rear tail lights, license plate mountings, and for the first time, a boot lid handle. Badging proclaimed Jaguar’s Le Mans wins, and the chrome strip that ran down the bonnet continued on the boot lid, which like the bonnet and doors, would be skinned in aluminum. An improved cooling system with an eight-blade fan, rack and pinion steering, sturdier bumpers, and a single 12-volt battery under the bonnet, which replaced the twin six-volt units that lived behind the seats, completed the transformation from XK120 to XK140.

Sporting a striking combination of red exterior with biscuit leather interior, this car is highlighted by chromed wire wheels and Lucas driving lights. The owners have completed a minor freshening, including new paint and interior. The car presents nicely and is well suited for driving. In addition, this example benefits from new tires and an engine rebuild to enhance its touring potential and overall enjoyment and reliability. A service manual and tool roll are also included. As one of the few XK140 roadsters produced during the model run, this car is a fitting addition to any enthusiast’s collection.

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