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1954 Jaguar XK140

The Jaguar XK140 sports car was produced from 1954 through 1957 and served as the successor to the XK120. It was broadly similar to its predecessor, yet more refined employing with the repositioning of the engine 3-inches further forward and the adoption of rack-and-pinion steering as used on the racing C-Type. The brakes and suspension were mostly unchanged, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and telescopic shock absorbers replacing the previous lever-type at the back. Like the XK120, the XK140 was built in three body styles that included a coupe, drophead coupe, and roadster. The coupe and drophead coupe received an increase in cabin space and occasional rear seats, gained from repositioning the engine and firewall. The sleek body shape of the XK 120 was retained, with exterior changes and distinguishable features included the revised radiator grille, larger bumpers, and rear lights incorporating flashing indicators. A longitudinal chrome strip was added to the hood, accentuating the car's sweeping design.

The 3.4-liter, twin-cam six remained, albeit with 190 horsepower in standard guise thanks to higher-lift camshafts and revised porting. Steel bearing caps replaced the previous cast-iron type, enhancing the engine's reliability. A close-ratio gearbox sent power to the rear wheels, while Laycock-de Normanville overdrive became an option for the first time.

XK140 models with the Special Equipment (SE - the USA-specification were known as the MC) package - for an additional $295 - were fitted with wire wheels, dual exhausts, a lightened flywheel, dressed up trunk fittings, and Lucas fog lamps, and could be ordered with an engine developing 210 horsepower courtesy of the 'C-Type' cylinder head.

Almost 8900 units were shipped from Coventry between 1954 and 1957 when the XK140 was superseded by the XK150.


by Daniel Vaughan | Mar 2020

Related Reading : Jaguar XK140 History

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....
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1954 Vehicle Profiles

1954 Jaguar XK140 vehicle information

Coupe

One of 396 XK140 coupes with the three-speed Borg-Warner automatic transmission option mated to Jaguar's legendary 3.44 liter DOHC straight-six engine delivering 210 horsepower and descended straight from the XK 120 and Jaguar's double Le Mans 24 Hou....[continue reading]

1954 Jaguar XK140 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe

This XK-140 was purchased new Beverly Hills, California. It was the successor to the Xk-120. The XK-140 was produced from 1954 to 1957, when the XK-150 was introduced. The XK-140 had a stronger visual front end and heavier front and rear bumpers, ....[continue reading]

1954 Jaguar XK140 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: S810337
Engine Num: G1408-8

The Jaguar XK140 had a timeless and elegant exterior design coupled with a roomier interior. This example was built at the Coventry, England, Jaguar plant near the close of 1954 and sent to US distributor Hoffman Motor Car Co. on December 29th of 195....[continue reading]

1954 Jaguar XK140 vehicle information

Drophead Coupe

Chassis Num: 810376
Engine Num: G 1574-8

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 black with red leather interior and powered by a six-cylinder engine with twin overhead camshafts and a ....[continue reading]

Coupe
 
Drophead Coupe
 
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: S810337 
Drophead Coupe
Chassis #: 810376 


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1954 XK140
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$4,120 - $4,290

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jaguar
1959Chevrolet (1,462,140)Ford (1,450,953)Volkswagen (575,407)5,839
1958Chevrolet (1,142,460)Ford (987,945)Volkswagen (451,526)4,607
1957Ford (1,676,449)Chevrolet (1,505,910)Plymouth (726,009)3,685
1956Chevrolet (1,567,117)Ford (1,408,478)Buick (572,024)3,685
1955Chevrolet (1,704,667)Ford (1,451,157)Buick (738,814)3,573
1954Ford (1,165,942)Chevrolet (1,143,561)Plymouth (463,148)3,349
1953Chevrolet (1,346,475)Ford (1,247,542)Plymouth (650,451)3,349
1952Chevrolet (818,142)Ford (671,733)Plymouth (396,000)3,349
1951Chevrolet (1,229,986)Ford (1,013,381)Plymouth (611,000)1,702
1950Chevrolet (1,498,590)Ford (1,208,912)Plymouth (610,954)912
1949Ford (1,118,308)Chevrolet (1,010,013)Plymouth (520,385)158

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