Jaguar's William Lyons had an innate sense of style and design that distinguished Jaguars from their earliest days. Nothing, however, anticipated the reception for the postwar XK 120 and its successor, the equally pretty XK 140. Their engine, a 3.4-liter dual overhead camshaft six was nothing less than state of the art, a design that challenged cars from Aston Martin, Mercedes-Benz and Ferrari that cost two, three or four times as much. When the XK 140 debuted in 1954, it featured more interior room, improved suspension, superior rack and pinion steering and a significant increase in horsepower. In the XK 140 SE, sold as the MC in North America, the straight-six had the competition proven cylinder head from the C-Type to give 210 horsepower, thus combining William Lyons' svelte XK body style with Le Mans-winning engine technology. Less than 9,000 KX140s were built from 1954 to 1957, and among these the most desirable are the open two seaters equipped with the potent C-Type head.
This 1956 Jaguar XK 140 Roadster is a genuine XK 140MC with all numbers matching on its original block, head and VIN tag. It is finished in a deep blue and has a black leather interior piped in red, black vinyl convertible top, chrome wire wheels and side curtains. Its full restoration was done some years ago but it has been assiduously maintained and carefully driven so it still presents very well. That it is a full numbers matching example only makes this XK 140MC more desirable, but the truly rewarding part of a car like this is the driving experience. With its pleasing condition, strong performance from its C-Type cylinder head and unmistakable exhaust note from its venerable XK straight-six, this XK 140 Roadster would be a fantastic choice for tours, rallies and general top-down enjoyment.
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