Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

  Lot 25

1955 Jaguar XK140 SE Fixed Head Coupe

Sold for £50,625

(including buyers premium)

Lot details
Registration No: RXN 77
Chassis No: S804248
Mot Expiry: Jan 2017

- 1 of 839 home market car's and rare special equipment example

- Offered with Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate and continuation log book

- Recent mechanical fettling and MOT'd into Jan 2017 although exempt

This delightful-looking XK140 is a rare SE example of what were only 839 righthand drive Fixed Head Coupes made for the home market. It was previously owned by Jeremy Broad the father of Guy Broad, the renowned XK marque specialist. According to the accompanying Heritage Certificate, the Jaguar vacated the Browns Lane assembly line on June 22, 1955 finished in British Racing Green teamed with a Tan-coloured interior. The original distributor was Henlys of London and the first owner a K D Mayse.

As presented today, the Coupe features White bodywork, a Red leather interior and rides on chromed wire wheels shod with white walled tyres. 'RXN 77' has been the subject of much mechanical fettling and the original cylinder block is now topped with a replacement head that's equipped with a trio of SU carburettors. The Jaguar was previously treated to a partial restoration and interior re-trim. It is now being offered complete with a 2016 invoice of £2,000 from Retro Services of Wolston near Coventry, who serviced and MOT'd the car while carrying out some minor welding and replacing such items as: exhaust downpipes (now stainless steel), suspension bushes, exhaust mountings, handbrake cable, front and rear brake cylinders and hoses, and windscreen washer pump. The car's paperwork includes an up to date V5C, continuation buff logbook, an old MOT plus one valid to January 8, 2017, and the aforementioned Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. The chromed boot rack is a nice touch that will appeal to those intent on continental touring.

It was in 1954 that the all-conquering XK120 gave way to the XK140. Visual changes included more substantial bumpers, over-riders, a one-piece radiator grille and chrome strip running up the centre of the bonnet and down the middle of the boot lid.

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