Project Description

Jaguar XK140 OTS

A sumptuous Jaguar XK140 OTS

Price

€109,140

Year

1955

Mls/Kms

2058* miles

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History

The Jaguar XK140, produced from 1954 to 1957, succeeded the iconic XK120 and was designed with enhancements to cater to the preferences of the North American market, where the majority of its sales were targeted. Jaguar aimed to improve comfort, versatility, and power, resulting in a more appealing model for American consumers. The XK140 was manufactured in three variants: Open Two-Seater (OTS), Fixed-Head Coupe, and Drop-Head Coupe, with approximately 85% of the 8,937 units produced being left-hand drive (LHD) cars, primarily destined for North America (source: Jaguar Heritage Trust). This specific LHD Open Two-Seater (OTS) model, identified by chassis number 810473, exemplifies this trend. It was assembled on December 15, 1954, and shipped to the Hornburg distributor in Los Angeles, USA, on January 14, 1955. The car later traveled overseas, first to Switzerland and then to Germany in August 1988, where it remained under the ownership of the same German individual until their passing in late 2023. Following recent extensive detailing, in particular from underneath, Cathedral Classics is delighted to present this exceptional example to the market.

Exterior

This specific example, identified by Body number F 10483, rolled off the production line at the Browns Lane plant in Coventry in December 1954, adorned in the iconic red paint scheme complemented by an unconventional choice of Gunmetal soft top Hood. While the exact timing of its extensive restoration remains unclear, it is evident that the car underwent a comprehensive refurbishment, possibly in either the USA or Switzerland, before being imported to Germany in 1988, now boasting its current striking metallic silver exterior finish. The vehicle is adorned with a sleek black mohair soft top, showcasing a subtle yet charming patina that befits its status as a meticulously restored classic. Both chrome bumpers, notably larger than those of its predecessor, the XK120, are in superb condition, with slight signs of patina visible on the chrome window frame, adding a touch of character to the overall presentation. As ever with these models, a few war wound scratches have appeared beneath the rear of the hood, only visible once removed, but should not offend. Despite its vintage, this nicely finished example retains its allure, captivating enthusiasts of all ages wherever it ventures.

Interior

This is a stunning red throughout interior with plush carpeting, combined with supple red leather/leatherette and matching dashboard and door-cards, all adding to this classic 1950’s environment which was way ahead of its time. The XK140 features an additional 3 inches (76 mm) leg room over its XK120 predecessor and, combined with Jaguars adjustable steering wheel, the taller people of this world at least have a chance of finding a more comfortable driving position. The removable canvas and plastic side curtains are both in pristine condition.

Engine & Transmission

The XK140 is powered by the William Heynes designed 3.4 Litre Jaguar XK double overhead camshaft inline-6 engine. Displacement is cast as 3442 cc with power output at 190 bhp (142 kW / 193ps) featuring double SU H6 carburettors. The original factory engine number of G 1383-8 has been replaced at some stage by engine number N 2061-8. Lifting the long bonnet reveals a highly detailed engine bay with further inspection leading to an ever better detailed underside. * Currently indicating 2058 miles.

Wheels, Tyres & Brakes

The gleaming chrome wires with centre winged nuts are covered by classic Pirelli 205 R16 – H.C.40 quality tyres with plenty of tread remaining.

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