Hershey

5-6 October 2017

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Lot 149

1955 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster

  • Chassis no. S 811543
  • Body no. F 11590

$125,000 - $150,000

To be auctioned on Thursday, October 5, 2017


  • A fully restored example of the desirable MC variant
  • Retains its original matching-numbers engine
  • Upgraded Borg Warner five-speed transmission and brake booster
  • Includes Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate


In 1948, the XK series of sports cars was unveiled, the first sports cars offered by Jaguar since the SS 100. The first of the series, the XK 120, served as the testbed for the legendary C-Type and, later, the D-Type. The XK 120s were spartan, unbelievably quick, and purpose built to turn the fastest possible laps. The road-going models were significantly faster and handled better than just about anything else on the road but, like many sports cars, lacked in overall interior room and comfort. These concerns were rectified with the XK 140.

Combining the superb 3,442-cc DOHC six-cylinder engine with the storied XK chassis and suspension, the XK 140 was, and is, a great performer. The performance is even better for cars with the MC designation such as the example offered here. This high-performance package gave the XK 140 a free-flowing competition-bred cylinder head, crankshaft damper, dual exhaust, twin fog lamps, and windshield washers. The MC package added $295 to the manufacturer’s price; a superb value on a comfortably appointed car which could go from 0–60 mph in just over eight seconds and offered a top speed in excess of 120 mph. The 140, especially the MC variant (as it was called in North America), was an improvement over the XK 120 in every measurable category.

This XK 140 MC was dispatched on 19 August 1955 to James L. Cooke Motors in Toronto, Canada. It was originally finished in Cream over a Red interior with a black top. It has subsequently been fully restored and is presented in the timeless and stunning combination of British Racing Green over tan leather upholstery. To make the car even more enjoyable in modern traffic, a Borg Warner five-speed transmission has been installed in place of the original four-speed non-synchro Moss gearbox. A brake booster has also been fitted to maximize the braking power provided by the four-wheel drum brakes.

The XK 140 MC offers a rare glimpse of the height of motoring technology in the mid-1950s, considered by many enthusiasts to be the most exciting period for international road racing. This car, absolutely exceptional in all respects, is an ideal choice for either a casual Sunday drive or for its original purpose, spirited touring.

Please contact our exclusive automotive transportation partner, Reliable Carriers, for a shipping quote or any other information on the transport of this vehicle.

Alexander Weaver

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California, United States

Alexander Weaver joined RM Sotheby’s in 2011 as a Car Specialist after graduating from Furman University in South Carolina. Born... read more

Augustin Sabatié-Garat

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Augustin Sabatié-Garat joined RM Europe in 2012 as a Car Specialist after more than a decade in the collector car hobby. Gradua... read more

Barney Ruprecht

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Ontario, Canada

Barney’s interest in classic cars began at an early age after being introduced to his father’s all-original 1965 Porsche 911. Barney l... read more

David Swig

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California, United States

David Swig joined RM Sotheby’s West Coast division as a Car Specialist in May 2015. David is a life-long automobile enthusi... read more

Don Rose

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United States

Don joined RM in 2006 after several years of professionally trading sports and classic cars, and after earning a reputation as a noted... read more

Donnie Gould

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Florida, United States

Donnie Gould joined the RM team in 2002 as a partner and Car Specialist after more than two decades in the vintage automobile auction ... read more

Gord Duff

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Ontario, Canada

Gord Duff began his journey with RM Sotheby’s in 1998. Since then, he has gained an intimate knowledge of a variety of marques a... read more

Jake Auerbach

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California, United States

Jake Auerbach got his start in the automotive industry at an early age, spending his summers during high school working at a classic c... read more

Kurt Forry

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California, United States

Having worked for Bonhams’ Automobilia department for over 10 years, Kurt Forry joined RM Sotheby’s with more than a decad... read more

Matt Malamut

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California, United States

A long-time car enthusiast and Southern California native, Matt studied Automotive Technology at San Diego Miramar College and complet... read more

Michael Squire

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United Kingdom

Michael Squire joined RM Sotheby’s European Division in the summer of 2016. He comes to RM with a prestigious racing background ... read more

Mike Fairbairn

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Ontario, Canada

As one of the three founding partners of RM Sotheby’s, Mike has a long-standing interest in the classic car industry. Graduating... read more

Oliver Camelin

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United Kingdom

With an extensive background in exotic sports car history and sales, a particular passion for American curves, and fluency in three la... read more

Paul Darvill

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United Kingdom

Paul Darvill joined the RM Sotheby’s European team at the beginning of 2015. Paul holds a degree in French and Politics from the... read more

Pete Fisher

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Ontario, Canada

Pete Fisher was first introduced to antique cars in high school, working for Classic Coachworks in his hometown of Blenheim, Ontario. ... read more

Shelby Myers

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California, United States

Shelby Myers grew up with the classic car industry infused into every aspect of his life. He had the unique opportunity to watch the R... read more

Tonnie Van der Velden

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United Kingdom

Tonnie Van der Velden joined RM Sotheby’s European division in September 2015 as a Car Specialist. A lifelong enthusiast, Tonnie... read more