1955 Jaguar XK-140 news, pictures, specifications, and information
Convertible
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.  [Read More...]
Convertible
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 fou  [Read More...]
Hardtop Coupe
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  [Read More...]
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.  [Read More...]
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  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Apr 2013
140MC Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: S811918
Engine Num: G6037-8S
Gearbox Num: JL33184
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.  [Read More...]
140MC Convertible
Chassis Num: S 818857
Engine Num: G 8781-8S
Sold for $104,500 at 2014 RM Auctions.
Jaguar introduced their XK120 at the 1948 London Motor Show. A fixed-head coupe was added to the line in 1951, and a convertible, 'drophead coupe', with roll-up side windows and a more substantial top was added in 1953. The chassis was redesigned in   [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2014
140MC Convertible
Chassis Num: S811630D/N
Engine Num: G 4870-8S
Sold for $110,000 at 2015 Bonhams.
At the 1948 Earl's Court Show, Jaguar introduced its XK120. Years later, in 1954, it was followed by the XK140 which offered new features and improvements. It was given a redesigned box-section frame with a more supple suspension that included larger  [Read More...]
By Daniel Vaughan | Oct 2015
Sports Roadster
Chassis Num: S 810715 DN
Sold for $154,000 at 2017 RM Auctions.
This Jaguar XK 140 was built to its current configuration for Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, Jaguar dealer, Christian Heuber. Mr. Heuber commissioned the car from two longtime Roger Penske racing mechanics, LeRoy Gane and Harry Tidmarsh, who had worked for  [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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