1956 Jaguar XK-140 MC 3.4 DHC
|Performance:||3,442 cc inline DOHC 6 Cylinder, 190 bhp, 2 SU Carburetors|
|Transmission:||4-speed manual with Overdrive|
|Suspension:||Transverse Wishbone front suspension with torsion bars and anti-roll bar|
|Color interior:||Red (with Black top)|
|Wheels:||Chrome Wire Wheels|
|Brakes:||Four-wheel hydraulic drum brakes|
|Vin #:||S 817911 DN|
|Engine #:||G 5246-8S|
|Other 1:||Body No. P 4199|
This numbers-matching 1956 XK-140 MC Drop Head Coupe is a rare example that is completely unmolested, with a great history of low collector ownership. The 140’s most recent owner acquired the car in 2003 from a collector, who was a great caretaker of the car. The Jaguar is thought to have spent most of its life in a dry climate, as it remains very original, including much of its factory Cream paint and original Red leather upholstery that is accented by matching Wilton wool carpeting and a Black top. The 140 includes its original spare wheel with a correct Dunlop Roadspeed spare tire, as well as an original jack, grease gun, ratchet, tool roll, knock-off hammer, cardboard ignition wire loom, and black canvas top boot. This DHC is a fantastic and highly original example that would benefit from a sympathetic restoration.
In 1951 the ‘SE’ spec was introduced. In American markets it was called "MC" to note the car used the high-performance cylinder heads from the Jaguar C-Type Le Mans race car, along with largely SU carburetors, and dual exhaust pipes offering a power boost to 210 bhp at 5,750 rpm. Newly introduced for 1955, the Jaguar XK140 was broadly similar to, though more refined than, its sensational XK120 predecessor, major engineering changes being confined to the repositioning of the engine 3" further forward and the adoption of rack-and-pinion steering. Outwardly the newcomer was distinguishable by its revised radiator grille, rear lights incorporating flashing indicators and larger bumpers, the latter adopted to withstand the cut and thrust of urban parking. Special Equipment (SE) cars came with wire wheels and Lucas fog lamps, and could be ordered with the C-type cylinder head for 20 more horsepower. XK140 performance was well up to the standards set by its exemplary predecessor, contemporary road-tests regularly recording top speed figures in excess of 120mph.