The successor to Jaguar’s first postwar sports car the XK120, the XK140 was manufactured from 1954 to 1957 and featured improved brakes, rack & pinion steering, telescopic shock absorbers, and increased interior space. This 1956 example is a Roadster or Open Two-Seater (OTS) that underwent a frame-off restoration in 2005 before joining the seller’s collection in 2011. Accompanied by a Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate showing a numbers matching engine and transmission, this XK140 is now being offered for auction by its seller out of Florida.
The XK140 can be distinguished from its predecessor by its larger chrome bumpers with overriders, a Jaguar badge incorporated into the grille surround, chrome trim strips on the bonnet and trunk lid, and a rear boot emblem celebrating Jaguar’s victories at Le Mans from 1951-1953. This example was refinished in red from its original Black color during the restoration in 2005. Equipment includes a black convertible top and tonneau cover, a chrome split windscreen frame, a racing-style gas lid, a leather hood strap, Lucas driving lights, and factory 16” chrome wire wheels with double-eared knockoffs and Vredestein Sport Classic tires. The seller notes the tires were mounted in 2018 and the exterior remains in very good overall condition apart from a small dent on the edge of a fender. Detailed images are provided in the gallery.
The cabin is appointed with tan carpets and Connolly leather upholstery covering the seats, dashboard, and door panels. Accessories include lap belts, a black four-spoke steering wheel, a polished handbrake and passenger grab handle, analog Smiths gauges, and a dash-mounted rearview mirror. The seller notes some minor signs of aging are present and the speedometer needle intermittently bounces, although all gauges and accessories remain fully functional.
This Jaguar is equipped with a 3.4-liter DOHC straight-six engine with dual carburetors and an output of 190 HP. The rear wheels are driven by way of a 4-speed manual transmission. The seller indicates routine maintenance has been kept up to date over the years and the brake drums were replaced along with the alternator in 2014. Images of the engine and transmission case stampings are posted in the galley along with the Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate.
This sale will include owner’s manuals, a toolkit, a spare tire, a jack, a maintenance chart, a clean title, and a collection of documentation.
The seller would like you to know: “Thank you for visiting this auction. It has been stored in a collection for 12 years in an air-conditioned environment. It’s been to few car shows and always draws a lot of attention, and it is a joy to drive.”