1955 Jaguar XKSOLD

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To be sold at the Gooding & Company Amelia Island Auction on March 8, 2013. For further details please visit www.goodingco.com or contact a vehicle specialist at 001.310.899.1960 or specialist@goodingco.com. Engine Specifications: 3,442 CC DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine Twin SU H8 Carburetors 210 BHP at 5,750 RPM 4-Speed Manual Gearbox with Overdrive 4-Wheel Hydraulic Drum Brakes Front Independent Wishbone Suspension with Torsion Bars and Anti-Roll Bar Live Rear Axle with Semi-Elliptical Leaf Springs About this Car: From 1948 through 1954, the groundbreaking XK120 established Jaguar at the forefront of sports car manufacturers with its graceful lines and impressive race-winning performance. Late in 1954, the improved XK140 arrived, heralding comprehensive improvements that made the great original design even better. Notable upgrades included precise rack and pinion steering, improved brakes, and engine cooling, plus enhanced cabin comfort and legroom. Subtle body updates preserved the widely acclaimed original stylistic elements. The most popular model in America remained the OTS (Open Two-Seater), otherwise known as the roadster, and of the 3,350 XK140 Roadsters built during the model’s production run, only 49 were sold in England. At the US price of $3,745, the cars also continued to deliver Jaguar’s characteristically excellent value. According to its accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, this striking XK140 MC Roadster from 1955 is an original left-hand-drive, US-delivery example factory equipped with the top-of-the-line “MC” package. A comprehensive performance and appearance combination, and a phenomenal value, the MC option comprised the “M” or “Special Equipment” package, including a crankshaft damper, dual exhaust pipes, enlarged SU H8 carburetors, twin fog lamps, and wire-spoke wheels. The “C” designation indicated the addition of a high-compression, Le Mans-proven C-Type cylinder head raising engine output to a heady 210 bhp. Assembly of this XK140 MC was completed on February 28, 1955, and on March 30, 1955, it was shipped stateside to Charles Hornburg’s Los Angeles-based Jaguar distributorship. While intervening history remains unknown at the time of cataloguing, the Jaguar received a concours-quality restoration during the early to mid-1980s, and it then joined a private collection where it was sparingly used and carefully stored. As offered, the Jaguar remains impressive in every respect with a straight body, proper panel alignment, lustrous paint and brightwork, and a handsome cockpit trimmed in biscuit Connolly hides. Recently, the consignor entrusted it to a Jaguar specialist, who expertly attended to mechanical systems to ensure a brisk driving experience. As confirmed by receipts accompanying the car, work included new front and rear brake cylinders, a new master cylinder, a rebuild of the original radiator, and resurfacing of the cylinder head, plus new gaskets, hoses, and more. Impressive throughout, this matching- numbers XK140 MC Roadster is ready to show and enjoy with equal amounts of pleasure, effectively “ticking all the boxes” for an astute classic Jaguar purchase. Accompanied by a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate and receipts for the mechanical work performed under the current owner, it will never fail to draw admiration wherever it goes.

Reference Number 212980

as of 3/14/2013

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Car 1955 Jaguar XK
VIN S 811049 
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