14th Oct, 2020 13:00

Imperial War Museum Duxford

Lot 43

1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe

Estimated at £60,000 - £70,000

Lot details

Registration No: EEN104
Chassis No: 804456 DN
MOT: November 2020

  • 1 of 843 right-hand drive examples made
  • Built on October 6th 1955 and first owned by Harold Hilton of Bury, Lancashire
  • Extensively restored by Beck Motors Ltd from 1989-1990 and thereafter sympathetically uprated for eventing: Vicarage power steering, front disc brakes, alternator, Brantz trip meter, aluminium radiator, Kenlowe fan
  • 'Matching' chassis, body and engine numbers plus specified from new with overdrive

According to its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, chassis 804456DN was built on October 6th 1955 and supplied new to Harold Hilton of Bury, Lancashire. Equipped with four-speed manual plus overdrive transmission, it is known to have subsequently belonged to D. Higham, R. Mace, A. Millichap, J. Myson, P. Twinley and P. Trill before entering the current ownership during November 2016. The accompanying history file contains invoices dating back to Mr Mace’s tenure in 1974 and shows that Mr Millichap had the Jaguar extensively mechanically and cosmetically restored by Beck Motors Ltd of Sulby, Isle of Man during the late 1980s. Scroll forward a decade or so and Mr Myson commissioned another Isle of Man engineer, J.P.Q. Brew, to sympathetically upgrade the XK140 with a Kenlowe fan, alternator, Vicarage power assisted steering, servo-assisted front disc brakes and electronic ignition. Mr Brew also renewed the gearbox seals, replaced the rear springs and had the original engine (number G5416-8) thoroughly overhauled and converted to run on unleaded by VSE of Llandrindod Wells. A well known member of the XK and E-Type Clubs as well as the proprietor with his wife of Backwater Tours, Mr Trill had renowned marque specialists Twyford Moors improve the wiring and install stainless steel sill covers etc in 2007 at a cost of £2,604.87. That same year also saw the Fixed Head Coupe fitted with a Brantz tripmeter (neatly housed within the glovebox). K&N Classic Cars of Bosham, West Sussex renewed the clutch, flushed the cylinder block / replaced the core plugs and sent the cylinder head to Sigma Engineering for refurbishment during 2012 (the corresponding invoice totalling £3,484.71). Predominantly used for local journeys over the past four years except for a memorable trip to the South of France and back, the Jaguar was treated to new front brake callipers in 2018 and had its coolant hoses replaced earlier this year. A well-developed touring car that boasts matching chassis, engine and body numbers, the XK140 started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. Offered for sale with V5C Registration Document, history file and ‘no advisories’ MOT certificate valid until November 24th 2020.

Model Background:

Launched at the 1954 Motor Show, the XK140 boasted the same bewitching styling as its forebear but allied it to a host of mechanical improvements. Chief among these was the adoption of rack and pinion steering. Though, the fitment of telescopic shock absorbers (in place of the XK120's antiquated lever arm dampers) also had a noticeably beneficial effect on handling / roadholding. With its engine and bulkhead repositioned three inches further forward, the new model enjoyed a notably roomier cabin (the fixed and drophead coupe variants gaining occasional rear seats as a result). Available in 'standard', 'special equipment' or 'special equipment plus C-type cylinder head' guises, power and torque outputs ranged from a quoted 190bhp/210lbft to 210bhp/213lbft. Distinguished by its one-piece bumpers and simpler, more imposing radiator grille, the XK140 was among the fastest cars of its generation. Reputedly capable of over 130mph, it focused public consciousness on Jaguar's continued success at Le Mans (the Coventry marque winning the endurance classic in 1951, 1953, 1955, 1956 and 1957).

For more information, please contact:
Damian Jones
07855 493737


Auction: Imperial War Museum Duxford, 14th Oct, 2020

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Tuesday 13th October 2020 from 10am to 8pm
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