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Lot 31

1955 Jaguar XK140 Roadster

  • Chassis no. 810765

Sold for $93,500

190 bhp, 3,442 cc DOHC six-cylinder engine, two SU carburetors, four-speed manual gearbox, independent front suspension with coil springs, double wishbones, and anti-roll bar, rigid rear axle with semi-elliptic leaf springs, and four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes. Wheelbase: 102 in.

  • Matching-numbers example
  • Recently disassembled and expertly repainted
  • Interior reupholstered in correct red leather trim

The Jaguar XK140 was introduced in 1954 with a number of improvements over the outgoing XK120. The fixed head coupe and drop head coupe variants both gained occasional jump seats, thanks to the engine being moved forward three inches, and the cowl and steering wheel were raised two inches, which increased comfort and headroom inside.

Most obviously, the XK140 received heavier bumpers, which were connected to the chassis this time, a bolder cast-aluminum grille with fewer bars, which improved cooling, and optional twin fog lights. The hood and trunk were crowned with chrome strips and medallions that celebrate Le Mans victories, which were designed to appeal to the American market. Mechanically, the XK140 replaced the Burman steering with a more accurate rack-and-pinion system, and the roll bars were increased in diameter for stiffer cornering. The roadsters were the most popular, with 3,347 sold, compared to the 2,798 coupes and 2,790 drophead coupes produced.

This XK140 Roadster (also known as an Open Two-Seater) has just been treated to a $15,000 hand-rubbed repaint by Deluxe Customs in Phoenix. It is the recipient of an older frame-off restoration, and when it was disassembled prior to being refinished, it was found to be sound and straight, as might be expected from an Arizona car. The interior has been refinished in the correct red leather, and the canvas top remains in excellent conditions, as do the essentially new side-screens. The engine compartment has been painstakingly and correctly detailed by Shawn Saunders, and it rides on rare Borrani wire wheels that have alloy rims and have been shod, more recently, in new tires. The chrome is excellent, and the car is fitted with the optional twin Lucas spotlights and correct J headlights. It is accompanied by the owner’s manual and appropriate tools, and a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate, which is being acquired, will be included in the sale.

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