Conceived as a concept car to promote Jaguar's new dual overhead camshaft six-cylinder engine, the XK 120 roadster introduced at the 1949 London Motor Show created such a sensation that William Lyons (he wasn't "Sir William" yet) saw no alternative but to put it into production. Although it was a sensation Jaguar realized refinements were needed and introduced the XK 140 in 1955 incorporating a number of improvements that made the Jaguar sports cars the best value -- and among the best high performance sports cars -- of their day. Development continued in 1957 with the C-type cylinder head raising the XK engine's output to 210 brake horsepower. With rack and pinion steering, a larger cockpit and a stiffer chassis frame, the XK 140 was both faster and more comfortable. The Fixed Head Coupe was Jaguar's most luxuriously-appointed model, incorporating finely matched wood veneers and leather upholstery in its interior trim. This 1957 Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe has been restored to extremely attractive driver condition and updated with a JT5 5-speed transmission, a transmission specifically designed for racing E-types and engineered to have the shift lever in the factory-correct position with factory-like shift pattern and feel. Finished in very attractive dark red with tan leather upholstery, the paint, chrome and interior appointments are very attractive, especially the brightly finished and highly figured wood veneer dashboard. It also has a Moto-Lita style wood rim steering wheel, chrome wire wheels, fender mirrors and fog lights. The block number matches the data tag but the cylinder head has been replaced. The mechanicals have recently been serviced and this beautiful Jaguar XK 140 Fixed Head Coupe, with its deliciously curved characteristic Jaguar c-pillar, is ready to be used with pleasure and enjoyed proudly.
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