1957 Jaguar XK-140

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 '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
1957 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

HardTop Coupe

Chassis Num: S815802

The Jaguar XK140 was available with a rare 'MC' or 'Special Equipment' option that was available for an additional $295. The MC package included a C-Type cylinder head, a crankshaft damper and a dual exhaust system. These performance options raised t....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Roadster

Chassis Num: A 813268
Engine Num: G 9792-8

In 1954, the Jaguar XK120 was replaced with the XK140 which brought with it many improvements and upgrades. The fixed head coupe and the drophead coupe were given the occasional jump seats. This was made possible by moving the engine forward three in....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Roadster

This XK140 has the rare option 'MC' Performance Package. The option MC or 'Special Equipment' (SE) package came with the 'C-Type' competition cylinder head and dual 2-inch SU H8 carburetors which then produces 210 horsepower from this double-overhead....[continue reading]

1957 Jaguar XK-140 vehicle information

Convertible

The quintessentially British Jaguar's legend dates to 1922 when it was founded by two motorcycle enthusiasts: Sir William Lyons and William Walmsley. It began as the Swallow Sidecar Company, and the bean building cars in 1935. Fame and fortune came c....[continue reading]

HardTop Coupe
Chassis #: S815802 
Roadster
Chassis #: A 813268 
Roadster
 
Convertible
 

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