1956 Jaguar XK-140 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Roadster
Founded as the Swallow Sidecar Company in 1922, by two English motorcycle enthusiasts, William Lyons and William Walmsley, the SS Jaguar name first appeared on a 2.5-litre saloon in 1935. The Jaguar name was given to the entire company in 1945.

The Jaguar XK140 was a sports car manufactured between 1954 and 1957. Upgrades over its predecessor, the XK120, included better brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, and modern tube type shock absorbers instead of the older lever arm design. The primary visual change of the XK140 over the previous XK120 was the more substantial front and rear bumpers and chrome accent trim on hood and trunk. The center of the trunk lid has a red shield celebrating 'Winner LeMans 1951-3' inscribed in gold. The XK140 features a 3.4-liter straight six, dual overhead cams, factory experimental heads and twin 2-inch SU carburetors, delivering 210 horsepower at 5750 rpm.

This Roadster has a canvas top that when lowered fits behind the seats and completely disappears inside the body. The interior was restored to original specifications. This XK140 Roadster has aluminum hood, trunk, and doors to save weight. The owner completed a 6-year restoration in 1996 and this sports cars is reported to provide fast and smooth driving. It has been driven in rallies and on vacations all over the USA and Canada.
Convertible
Chassis Num: 5811778
The Jaguar XK-140 was introduced in 1954 and produced for a short time, ending in 1956. As such, these vehicles are very rare. The Xk-140MC are an even rarer breed. The 'M' represented 'Modified' while the 'C' was for the C-Type racing head. The   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Nov 2006
Convertible
Chassis Num: 810504DN
Sold for $82,500 at 2009 RM Auctions.
There were 12,000 examples of the Xk120 built from 1948 to 1954, in various iterations. Over the years, the design was improved with both enhanced performance and passenger comfort, enhancing the sports cars appeal. In late 1954, the XK 140 was int  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Sep 2009
Convertible
Chassis Num: S812427DN
Engine Num: G7576-8S
Sold for $104,500 at 2010 Gooding & Company.
The rare special equipment 'MC' package was installed on this Jaguar before it left the factory. The 'M' includes a crankshaft damper, wire wheels, dual exhaust pipes, and twin fog lamps. The 'C' represents the high-compression C-type cylinder head t  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2010
Roadster
Chassis Num: S-812354-DN
Engine Num: G-7644-8S
Sold for $93,500 at 2014 Gooding & Company.
This Jaguar XK140 finished assembly on April 18th of 1956. It left the factory finished in Pastel Blue paint over a red leather interior. Dispatched to the United States on May 11th, it was distributed to Charles Hornburg's dealership in Los Angeles.  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2014
Convertible
Chassis Num: 818594
Sold for $203,500 at 2015 Gooding & Company.
This Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe was given a restoration in 1999. The frame-off process was completed over the next five years with virtually no-expense spared. During the work, the car was given upgrades for enhanced drivability including the instal  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2015
Convertible
Chassis Num: S 817644
Engine Num: G 4372-8S
Gearbox Num: 0SL3594B
Sold for $99,000 at 2007 RM Auctions.
Sold for $165,000 at 2017 RM Auctions.
This Old English White car, owned by Stephanie Smith, is the MC designation (known as SE elsewhere) used only in North America. The 'M' denotes modified and 'C' refers to the C-Type cylinder head nad used on the racing C-Type. Horsepower in the MC ve  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | May 2017
Roadster
This car was originally sold in Hollywood California. It came supplied with the desirable 'MC' options consisting of Lucas driving lights, Laycock de Normanville electronic overdrive and a high compression cylinder head. Equipped with this package, t  [Read More...]
Roadster
Chassis Num: S812197
Engine Num: G702085
Sold for $93,500 at 2007 Christies.
This 1954 Jaguar XK140 Roadster was offered for sale at the 2007 Christies auction of 'Exceptional Motor Cars at the Monterey Jet Center.' It is white with red leather interior, white piping and sand top. It is powered by a six-cylinder engine with  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2007
Convertible
This car has been certified by Jaguar that it is a replica of the record breaking car which achieved the speed of 141.51 M.P.H at Jabbeke, Belgium. It has been certified by Jaguars Chief Engineer.  [Read More...]
In 1954 Jaguar introduced the XK140 as a replacement for the highly successful Jaguar XK120 that had first appeared in 1948. The XK Series was conceived by William Lyons as a sleek automobile that sat atop a short wheelbase in two-seat roadster configuration powered by a twin-cam engine. The XK120, named because of its 120 mph top speed, was powered by an engine that produced 160 horsepower. The 'X' represented the 'experimental' engine type while the letter 'K' was the sequence. The XK140 received a larger 190 horsepower engine, rack-and-pinion steering, and more interior space. Interior space was gained by the repositioning of the engine and firewall, thus keeping the dimensions of the chassis identical to the XK120. Minor improvements were done to the aesthetics of the vehicle. A Special Equipment package was available that included Dayton wire wheels and a 210 horsepower engine, the result of C-Type heads and dual exhaust.
The XK legacy continued with outright victories at LeMans in 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957. This 24 hour grueling marathon is a true test of speed and endurance. The XK-Series proved to be the best.

Production continued through 1957 when it was replaced by the XK150. The XK140 carried on the success started by the XK120. The OTS version proved again to be the most popular with sales for the DHC and Fixed versions still respectable. In Jaguar lingo, 'OTS' refers to 'open two-seater' or 'roadster' while 'DHC' represents 'drophead coupe'. The roadster versions often featured removable side curtains instead of windows. The top could be folded behind the seats and conveniently hidden by the rear shroud. The DHC body has roll-up windows, wood interior, and an attached top that, when folded, would stick-up above the body.
By Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2006
 
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