Following up on the success of the XK120, Jaguar’s new XK140 set out to refine some of the rough edges of its predecessor. The XK120 had earned its place as a world-beating sports car, thanks to its near 120mph performance from the glorious twin-overhead cam six-cylinder engine. But it did have a few flaws that Jaguar was eager to rectify– such as a tendency to overheat in traffic, a cramped cabin and sometimes unpredictable handling on rough roads. With the XK140, Jaguar directly addressed these concerns by adopting rack and pinion steering, telescopic dampers and a larger radiator grille and revised cooling system. The body of the XK140 retained the 120’s svelte and feline curves but gained larger bumpers and some additional exterior trim. As per the 120, the 140 could be had as a coupe, drophead coupe, or OTS (Open Two Seater, otherwise known as the roadster). The cabin for all three bodies was slightly enlarged to allow more occupant comfort and easier ingress/egress. Performance wise, a standard XK140 produced the same 190 horsepower as the old top-line XK120 SE, but buyers who wanted additional grunt could opt for the “MC” option - which fitted the C-Type cylinder head, dual exhaust, and 2” S.U. Carburetors to deliver a stout 210 horsepower, offering exhilarating performance with a glorious soundtrack and finely honed handling. Original MC-specification cars considered to be among the most collectible and desirable of the series.
We are running short on superlatives to describe this 1957 XK140 MC SE OTS; a truly magnificent, fully restored, concours-quality example that has been awarded the prestigious 2014 JCNA National Championship prize. Cosmetically and mechanically outstanding, it is also in very rare and highly desirable specification, and very well-documented. Not only is the car the most desirable MC SE spec, this example is also one of a tiny number of XK140s known to be fitted with four-wheel disc brakes at the factory ahead of the launch of the XK150. The bodywork is of course beautifully presented with laser-straight panels, precise and consistent shutlines, deep reflections in the correct red paint (per the Heritage Certificate), and exquisite detailing. The chrome bumpers and chrome trim have been fully restored to world-class standards, and expertly fitted and aligned. The folding top is correctly trimmed in black canvas, and includes a pair of matching restored side curtains. Just as it left the Coventry Works in 1957, the cabin is trimmed in black with red piping on the seats, door cards, and dash. The seats are beautifully crafted in black Connolly hides, while the carpets are of Wilton wool, bound in matching black leather. Every instrument and switch has been carefully restored, with correct finishes, wiring looms and hardware found in every corner. Every switch functions as it should, as this is all painstakingly checked during JCNA judging. Inside the boot, correct black hardura lining and beautifully restored tools and jack can be found.
As one would expect of a fresh JCNA National Champion, the engine bay is phenomenally well detailed to exacting standards, and the undercarriage is similarly exquisite. The numbers-matching 3.4 liter MC spec engine is documented as the correct, original unit for this car and it both looks and runs magnificently.
Included in the sale of this magnificent automobile is a thumb drive containing over 300 photos documenting the restoration process as well as the JCNA Judging sheets, a Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, tool kit, jack, spare key, and operator’s manual.
Rare, highly desirable and restored to a world-class standard, this is an unrepeatable opportunity to own the very best Jaguar XK140 available today.
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