1956 Jaguar XK-140

The Jaguar XK140 was launched in 1954 and was broadly similar to its predecessor, the XK120. Production lasted until 1957 with 8,937 examples built. Introduced in late 1954, the Jaguar XK140 was sold as a 1955 model. Major engineering changes included the repositioning of the engine 3-inches further forward and the adoption of a rack-and-pinion steering system as used on the racing C-Type. The brakes and suspension remained very similar to its predecessor, though with stiffer torsion bars at the front and shock absorbers replacing the previous lever-type at the rear. Due to the engine moving forward, the interior became more comfortable by offering additional legroom to its occupants.

Similar to the XK120, the XK140 was offered as a roadster, coupe, and drophead coupe. Both coupes had increased cabin space and occasional rear seats. Exterior changes included its revised radiator grille, larger bumpers, and rear lights incorporating flashing indicators. The grille was the same size as before but became a one-piece cast unit with fewer, and broader, vertical bars. Incorporated into the grille surround was the Jaguar badge. The hood and boot (trunk) lid both had a chrome trim strip running down the center. Also on the boot lid was an emblem containing the words 'Winner LeMans 1951-3.' The tried-and-true 3.4-liter, twin-cam six provided the power, now delivering 190 horsepower in standard trim thanks to revised porting and higher-lift camshafts. Steel bearing caps replaced the previous cast-iron type, ensuring increased reliability. The engine was backed by a close-ratio gearbox and a Laycock-de Normanville overdrive became an option for the first time.

Jaguar XK140s with the Special Equipment package (SE) received wire wheels, Lucas fog lamps, and could be ordered with a 210 horsepower engine with C-Type cylinder head.

Nearly 90-percent of all XK140s were sold with left-hand drive and exported to the North American market.


by Daniel Vaughan | Aug 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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1956 Vehicle Profiles

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle 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.....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

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 ....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 810504DN

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: S812427DN
Engine Num: G7576-8S

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: S-812354-DN
Engine Num: G-7644-8S

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.....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: 818594

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Convertible

Chassis Num: S 817644
Engine Num: G 4372-8S
Gearbox Num: 0SL3594B

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: S812197
Engine Num: G702085

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....[continue reading]

1956 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

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.....[continue reading]

Roadster
 
Convertible
Chassis #: 5811778 
Convertible
Chassis #: 810504DN 
Convertible
Chassis #: S812427DN 
Roadster
Chassis #: S-812354-DN 
Convertible
Chassis #: 818594 
Convertible
Chassis #: S 817644 
Roadster
 
Roadster
Chassis #: S812197 
Convertible
 

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$1,070-$3,645
1956 XK-140
$4,300-$16,795
1956 Jaguar XK-140 Price Range: $3,645 - $4,300

Model Year Production

#1#2#3Jaguar
1961Ford (1,338,790)Chevrolet (1,318,014)Volkswagen (807,488)3,422
1960Chevrolet (1,653,168)Ford (1,439,370)Toyota (1,068,321)4,934
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

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