The Jaguar XK140 is a coupe (FHC), convertible (DHC) or roadster (open two seater) of the XK series, which succeeded in 1954 to the Jaguar XK120 of the English car manufacturer Jaguar. This evolution of the XK120 and its competition version Jaguar C-Type, has the Jaguar XK 6-cylinder engine 3.4 liters winner of the 1951 or 1953 Le Mans 24 Hours. The C-type cylinder head for a Jaguar C-Type engine version was pushed to 213 horsepower by two 2-inch HS8 carburetors, which engine will take over the Jaguar XK140 MC. The Jaguar D-Type, an evolution of the Jaguar C-Type, will also win the 24 Hours of Le Mans 1955, 1956 and 1957.
The XK140 was adapted to the American market, thanks to its large front and rear bumpers, and it was more road than the sporty XK120. The Jaguar XK140 had a number of technical improvements, notably in terms of comfort and driving pleasure, with its rack-and-pinion steering, suspension improvements, and enhanced passenger space with an advanced engine of up to 10 cm. Its new grille was wider, with smaller blades and chrome was more present on this version. This Jaguar coach has a small rear seat thanks to the positioning of the batteries in the front wings and not behind the seats in the case of the XK120. The steel wheels will have spats or skirts for the rear wheels, while the latter will disappear in the configuration of spoke wheels with large central nut. Different options are offered on the Jaguar XK140, including overdrive, spokewheels or 3-speed automatic transmission from 1956, especially for the US market, or fog lights, the dual exhaust pipe becoming an XK standard. The Jaguar XK150 will succeed in 1957 to this collection car.
The model we present for sale is a superb Jaguar XK140 coupé, beautifully rebuilt, concours condition, having belonged to one of the world's greatest celebrities in the 1950s. Its dark exterior color, combined with a beautiful beige leather interior, a sumptuous dashboard in varnished walnut wood and a wooden steering wheel give it a rare English elegance, enhanced by its stainless steel spoke wheels and its optional automatic transmission.