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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 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. This car was purchased new by Mr. Reddy's grandfather in 1956 and restoration was completed in 2005.
140MC Sports Roadster
 
The Jaguar XK-140 series was in production from 1954 to 1957. It was a continuation of the Jaguar 120 series, which had been introduced in 1949. The motor was Jaguar's venerable 3.4-liter, twin overhead cam motor that developed 210 horsepower.

The XK-140MC was fitted with the C-Type cylinder head, two-inch sand cast H8 carburetors, heavier front torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes. This model was known in the UK as an XK-140 SE.

The XK140 was available in three body styles: an open seat roadster, drophead coupe and fixed head coupe. The XK140 roadster had removable canvas and plastic side curtains and either a long or short tonneau cover to keep the cockpit dry when the top is down.
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XK 140 production lasted three years superseding the XK120 in the 1955 model year, and itself being replaced by the XK150 in 1957. There were useful improvement's the bigger brakes, the adoption of rack and pinion steering and the suspension with four-corner telescopic shock absorbers replacing lever arm activation. The 3442cc engine was now rated at 190 horsepower at 5500 RPM. The SE or MC model was rated at 210 horsepower. Inside the car, the firewall and dash pushed the engine forward by 3-inches so that there was more acceptable for taller rides.
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Jaguar's XK140 Special Equipment Fixed Head Coupe - this example in Old English White and Red - was a popular American import, all part of Great Britain's 'export or die' promotion which was still going strong 10 years after WWII had ended. The XK140 was introduced in 1954, first sold as a 1955 model. The Xk150 followed it in 1958 with the XK-E, or E-Type, superseding it in 1961. Upgrades over the preceding were brakes, rack-and-pinion steering and telescopic shock absorbers (instead of lever arm.) The SE cylinder head came from the C-Type and offered 210 horsepower.

The XK140 appeared from 1954 through 1957 and was an evolution of the 1949 revolutionary Xk120. It featured several improvements such as rack-and-pinion steering and Girling telescopic rear dampers. Other changes included much heavier bumpers and a revised roof line.
140MC Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: S811687
Engine Num: G5224-8S
 
Sold for $94,300 at 2013 Bonhams.
Jaguar offered a Special Equipment performance package for the XK-140 and examples so equipped, such as this Open Two-Seater, were designated MC models. The MC engine featured a higher-compression 'C-Type' cylinder head and had a dual exhaust system. Other updates included a pair of Lucas FT576 fog lamps, which were mounted above the front bumper, and a 210 horsepower engine.

This XK 140MC rolled off the line in Coventry on September 25th of 19555. It was finished in a triple blue combination of Pastel Blue over Dark Blue leather with Light Blue piping and a Blue top. It was dispatched to Hornburg in Los Angeles though it was not registered until 1957. It wears an older restoration and is currently finished in Carmine Red with tan hides.

The car was previously owned by James Schnute of Glen Ellyn Illinois and joined the Oldenburg Family Collection in May of 2006.

In 2013 this car was offered for sale at Bonhams Auction in Scottsdale, Arizona. As bidding came to a close, the car had been sold for the sum of $94,300 including buyer's premium.

By Daniel Vaughan | Feb 2013
140MC Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: S 8111049
Engine Num: G-2212-8S
 
Sold for $137,500 at 2013 Gooding & Company.
This Jaguar XK140MC Roadster is an original left-hand-drive, US-delivery example factory equipped with the 'MC' package. The MC option comprised the 'M' or 'Special Equipment' package, including a crankshaft damper, dual exhaust pipes, enlarged SU H8 carburetors, twin fog lamps, and wire-spoke wheels. The 'C' designation indicates the addition of a high-compression, LeMans proven C-Type cylinder head raising engine output to 210 horsepower.

The car was completed on February 28th of 1955 and on March 30th of that year, it was shipped stateside to a Los Angeles-based Jaguar distributor. The car received a concours-quality restoration during the early to mid-1980s.

By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2013
140MC Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: S811918
 
The XK140 was the successor to the Xk120 model. The primary differences were increased interior space, better brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, increased suspension travel and the use of tubular shock absorbers.

This car carries matching numbers. It was initially delivered to an Air Force pilot in Alabama. The second owner held the car for many years and began a restoration. The car retains all its original sheet metal, and the mechanicals were restored by a technician who had previously worked in the Jaguar Factory. The interior materials were supplied by the company that supplied the factory.

The car was purchased as a Christmas present and has participated in JCNA Concours events.
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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