1956 Jaguar XK140 OTS RoadsterSOLD

Beautifully restored SE with several JCNA concours honors

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One of the 1950s most iconic motor cars, the Jaguar XK series have always a strong following. XK 140s offer more leg room and more power than their predecessor, the XK 120. With a growing numbers of shows, clubs, and events catering to these cars, and a larger baby boomer audience available to appreciate them, these high-style motor cars continue to be in great demand.

This is a particularly attractive example and was sold new with the special equipment (SE) package. Built on March 6th, 1956 and shipped to the US on March 16th, this example has been Stateside all its life. The car has seen a fairly recent repaint in white, and the interior has been freshly re-trimmed in red leather with white accents. The restoration work, done around 2003 by Jeff Snyder of Jeff`s Resurrections, earned this example a Regional Championship in the JCNA D-01 Driven Division in 2003, and Overall D-01 North American Concours Championships in 2004 and 2005.

The body is relatively straight and solid with reasonably good bonnet fit, while the door and trunk alignment shows moderate fit irregularities in some places. The paint work was a very high caliber job and shows extremely well with virtually no chips or scratches. The chrome work-inside and out-is extremely good with just very minimal hazing from polishing and no weathering or pitting. The wire wheels are in outstanding condition. The windshield, side marker lights, head light, and tail light lenses have all been replaced as part of the restoration and look new. A new tan canvas top with restored side curtains has been fitted over a restored top frame. This car wears black 1956 Texas license plates completing the period correct appearance.

The interior is trimmed is very high quality red leather with matching wool carpets. The dash is also trimmed in leather, while the door panels are done in vinyl. The original Smiths gauges have been restored and are in excellent condition.

The trunk has been reupholstered in the same material as the door panels and looks marvelous.

Mechanically the car is in very good order. It starts easily, sounds strong and demonstrates excellent power. The transmission and clutch both operate as they should. The brakes appear to have been recently serviced and are very effective. The suspension feels tight and the car tracks straight at speed. When the car arrived at Fantasy Junction we commissioned a mechanical inspection by well known Jaguar service and restoration expert Steve Gordon. The compression readings were even across all 6 cylinders, and although the fuel gauge is not reading accurately, the car was found to be in good overall mechanical shape.

The underside is predominantly original, and shows evidence of rust repairs in selected areas, as is commonly the case with these cars. It is possible that damage repairs were done to the panel below the trunk, while the front appears to have always remained straight and damage free.

With the car comes an operator`s manual, a $1,600 replacement tool roll from Welch Enterprises, restored side curtains, original tonneau cover, and spare tire.

In short, this is an excellent opportunity to acquire a beautiful and highly decorated JNCA car which is eligible for numerous historic events and is representative of Jaguars trend setting style of the 1950s.


Reference Number 12428

as of 8/21/2007

Overview
Car 1956 Jaguar XK140 OTS Roadster
VIN S812197 
Exterior / Interior Color      White /      Red 
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