Jaguar XK140 SE DHC


Car Specs:

YEAR: 1955
MAKE: Jaguar
BODY STYLE: Convertible
KM: 123456
TRANSMISSION: 4 speed+overdrive

Vehicle Overview

Despite what my feelings for Jaguar/Land Rover are today, the XK range 120, 140, and 150 are such beautiful cars with amazing performance for the time. The XK range was produced in coupe, drophead coupe and open two seater. The number of the model was an indication of how fast the car could go, even if the 150 models would require a downhill and tailwind to reach that.

Exterior: The beautiful sweeping lines of the Jaguar XK140 Drop Head Coupe turn a lot of heads while driving down the road. From a distance, this car looks just stunning, while at a closer look you can see some battle scars in form of smaller dents, chipped paint on the doors and some smaller cracks close to the headlights. However, for a 65-year-old she is still very presentable. The very shiny chrome spoke wheels are fitted with proper Michelin tyres. The soft top is easy to fold up and down and there is a cover for it when it is down. There is no corrosion anywhere on this car, not underneath either. The frame looks very healthy and it is easy to see that this Jaguar XK 140 DHC started its life in sunny California.

Interior: The black leather seats are original and have recently been reworked and coloured. The wood panels and the instruments look lovely. The car does not run hot, but just in case you end up in a traffic jam, there is an extra fitted switch for an electric fan. Trunk area is also nice and tidy. Spare wheel and jack in their place

Engine: When I collected this Jaguar XK140 DHC from the detailing shop they said – We really like this car. It starts every time! It is the original engine, so it is matching number. Please note that this is a S model. S is for special equipment so it was originaly delivered with a Type C head, dual exhaust system, wire spoke wheels, fog lamps and windscreen washer. Also, a 123 ignition is fitted, so you never again have to bother with those fiddly points and condenser. In 2009, the engine was out of the car and had a complete rebuild with new bearings and pistons. All work was done by Jaguar specialist here in Sweden. At the same time, a new clutch was fitted. Also, the head was revised with new valves and springs. The brakes too were upgraded to disc brakes in the front from Jaguar XK150. In 2012, the radiator was exchanged for a new one and also the carburettors were rebuilt. The car has travelled approximately 20,000 miles or 32,000 km after the engine was rebuilt. I can confirm it runs very nicely. Gearbox is also very easy and all the gears are where you expect them to be. (it is not always so with a Moss gearbox). The overdrive is easy to operate and brings the rpm down while cruising the highway.

History: On the 10th of August in 1955, Mrs. Mitchell was driving down Sunset boulevard in Los Angeles California for the first time. In my mind, I see a beautiful lady in this bright red gorgeous Jaguar XK140 Drop Head Coupe. In July 1990, it first set wheels on Swedish ground and it has had 4 owners since, the last two being father and son. It comes with Heritage certificate, documentation of the work that has been done during the time here in Sweden as well as Jaguar XK 140 original handbook. A car in wonderful condition being mechanically very sound and with charming patina that suits an old lady like this.

What makes this Jaguar XK 140 DHC special?

  • S specification
  • Very nice original leather
  • California car
  • Drop Head Coupe
  • Left hand drive
  • Matching numbers


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