Wed, 27th Jul 2022 13:00

Pavilion Gardens, Buxton

 
  Lot 26
 

1956 Jaguar XK140 Roadster
No Reserve

Sold for £13,500

(including buyers premium)


Lot details

Registration No: 915 UXN
Chassis No: 812334
MOT: Exempt

  • Current family ownership since 1989 and previously resident in Kansas, USA
  • Matching chassis, engine, body and gearbox numbers
  • Partially restored with work done to the chassis and cylinder head etc but requires completion

Launched at the 1954 Motor Show, the XK140 boasted the same bewitching styling as its forebear but allied it to a host of important 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. Available in 'standard', 'special equipment' or 'special equipment plus C-type cylinder head' guises, power and torque outputs ranged from 190bhp / 210lbft to 210bhp / 213lbft. Distinguished by one-piece bumpers and a 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). In production for less than three years, just 3,354 XK140 Roadsters are thought to have left the Browns Lane factory.

Built to left-hand drive specification during late 1956, chassis 812334 was supplied new to America. Seemingly belonging to Chester Oszman of Kansas City from 1967 until shortly before entering the current family ownership in 1989, the Jaguar was remarkably original when it landed on these shores and thus able to boast matching chassis, engine, body and gearbox numbers. Disassembled as part of a restoration that has yet to be completed, much work went into the chassis and cylinder head before the project stalled. UK road registered as ‘915 UXN’ on 28th June 2005, the XK140 appears to retain its original Red leather upholstery plus a hood, tonneau and sidescreens. Surely worthy of bringing back to its former glory, this appealing Roadster is offered for sale with UK V5C (Blue) Registration Document, Bill of Sale and sundry paperwork.

 

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Auction: Pavilion Gardens, Buxton, Wed, 27th Jul 2022

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