1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC Convertible MCSOLD

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

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ESTIMATE: $110,000 - $130,000

$99,000 Sold

210bhp, 3,442 cc. inline six-cylinder engine, C-Type cylinder head, dual overhead camshafts, dual-carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, front independent with rear semi-elliptical leaf springs and four-wheel drum brakes. Wheelbase: 96"

Being such a success, the XK 120 would be a hard act to follow, so Jaguar opted to simply update and rectify the few shortcomings they could find in the existing car and name it XK 140.

The first changes made were primarily cosmetic. A longitudinal chrome strip was added to the hood in an attempt to accentuate the car ’ s sweeping design, while a sturdier cast grille and stronger bumpers were added to protect the XK 140 ’ s coachwork. Mechanical updates would come later, courtesy of Jaguar ’ s impressive racing program.

In the 1950s, Jaguar experienced much success with the spectacular C-Type. Through automotive osmosis, elements of Jaguar ’ s race cars would find themselves on some of the road-going cars. Using the cylinder head from the C-Type, the engineers at Jaguar were able to tune the existing inline six-cylinder engine to produce an extra 50 horsepower over the standard engine ’ s output, thus elevating the XK 140MC to a remarkable 210 horsepower.

The 1956 Jaguar XK 140MC Drophead Coupe presented here is a very collectable model, being a factory built MC with matching numbers.

The Jaguar has had a Northern California owner for the past 30 years. Althought it has spent most of this time properly stored indoors under a cover, when it was in use it was properly maintained and serviced by Jaguar specialists.

Less than 1,000 miles ago, the Drophead Coupe was treated to some professionally executed restoration work. Mechanically, in addition to an engine rebuild, various ancillary systems were rebuilt or replaced as needed to make sure the car was an exhilarating yet reliable driver. Cosmetically, the car was professionally repainted in white, and a brand new blue interior and top were fitted. Included in the sale of the Jaguar is a folio of receipts documenting the service and restoration work that has been performed on the car.

The highly desirable XK 140MC drophead coupe is a truly spirited and fun two-seat sports car that, in this configuration, is a desirable purchase that should always retain its value, both historically and in the market. This absolutely stunning example is one of the finest we have had the pleasure of offering in some time and we encourage close examination.


Please note that this vehicle is titled by the engine number.

Reference Number 5862

as of 1/10/2007

Car 1956 Jaguar XK140 DHC Convertible MC
VIN G43728S 
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