1955 Jaguar XK140 OTS RoadsterSOLD

RM Vintage Motorcars in Arizona - Biltmore Resort & Spa, Friday January 19, 2007

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ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $125,000

$137,500 Sold

210bhp, 3442 cc, twin-overhead cam inline six-cylinder engine, C-Type cylinder head, four-speed manual transmission with overdrive, torsion bar independent front and rear leaf spring suspension, four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

The XK series of Jaguar sports cars is widely regarded as Sir William Lyons ’ styling masterpiece. When first introduced to the public in 1948, the XK 120 was literally a showstopper. Such clean, sculptured lines and sophisticated mechanical design had never been available in a mass produced car before.

From 1948 to 1954 the XK 120 established Jaguar at the forefront of the world ’ s sports car manufacturers, with 12,000 units made in various models. However, racing experience by both Jaguar and enthusiastic amateurs showed that the original design could be improved and the performance enhanced. Also, the creature comforts of the 120 were somewhat rudimentary and the all-important American market was demanding greater comfort and sophistication.

Jaguar answered the public ’ s demands with the XK 140, introduced in late 1954 with a comprehensive list of improvements designed to overcome the 120 ’ s shortcomings. Vehicle dynamics benefited from the introduction of rack and pinion steering, improved cooling, and better stopping power. Performance took a big step forward as the base 3,442 cubic centimeter inline six-cylinder engine produced a healthy 190 horses. For those wanting more and were willing to pay an extra $295, the ‘ MC ’ option increased output to 210 horsepower with the addition of a C-Type cylinder head and a crankshaft damper while also enhancing the already stunning looks of the car with wire wheels, dual exhausts, fog lamps, windshield washers and dressed up trunk fittings. Principally to accommodate American customers, the most noticeable improvements in the XK 140 over the XK 120 came from repositioning the engine and firewall three inches forward, which translated into sizable gains in cabin comfort and leg room.

Offered in three body styles, the sportiest was without question the Roadster, which featured aluminum doors to help it achieve a weight savings of over 200 pounds from its closest sibling, the drophead coupe.

The 1955 Jaguar XK 140MC Roadster offered here was a genuine barn find. Found in Fort Worth, Texas, the car had been in storage for 35 years. During the two-year ground-up restoration, the body was found to be free from rust or any other major defects. Paying strict attention to correctness, the car was restored using the original nuts. Today the XK 140MC roadster, with its deep blue paint, a gray leather interior and polished wire wheels is simply breathtaking and without question worthy of close inspection.

Reference Number 5843

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1955 Jaguar XK140 OTS Roadster
VIN G29428S