Lot 350 (A|B|C Live Auction Online, 25th November 2020)
Registration No: 333 MXK
Chassis No: S811714DN
Motor Car Location: Wiltshire
Extravagantly specified with a high-performance C-Type cylinder head, electric overdrive for its four-speed manual gearbox and the Special Equipment package, chassis S811714DN was completed on September 27th 1955. Imported to America via Jaguar’s West Coast distributor, Hornburg of Los Angeles, the XK140 Roadster was supplied new to Roger P. Ahrenberg of Maricopa County, Arizona. Reportedly resident in the Grand Canyon State for most of its life, the two-seater is understood to have covered just 9,850 miles since undergoing an extensive, ‘chassis up’ restoration some two decades ago. Able to boast chassis, body and engine block numbers which match those listed on the accompanying Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, the refurbished XK140 Roadster was no ‘trailer queen’ finishing the prestigious Copperstate 1000 and 2008 Californian Mille rallies without incident. Piloted on the latter event by Dewayne Adamson of Scottsdale, Arizona, the two-seater subsequently migrated to Texas before being imported to the UK by its previous keeper during 2014.
Entering the current (second UK) ownership in August 2018, the next few months saw ‘333 MXK’ treated to a fresh brake master cylinder, new adjustable shock absorbers all round and replacement coolant hoses. Further benefiting from an overhaul of its rack and pinion steering and the installation of front disc brakes, the Jaguar started readily and ran well during our recent photography session. A higher capacity / more efficient alloy radiator has left it better able to cope with modern traffic conditions, while the provision of an alternator has similarly improved its electrical system. Easy to place on the road thanks to its wing mirrors, the XK140 Roadster sports a full set of weather equipment (hood, sidescreens, tonneau cover) as well as a T key, jack and spare wheel etc. Only being offered for sale because the vendor wants a scruffier XK that he would feel less worried about leaving in a pub car park, this lovely Jaguar comes with a V5C Registration Document, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, period Operating, Maintenance and Service handbook, front drum brakes (should a new owner wish to reinstate them) and history file.
Prospective purchasers are welcome to view the car on a one-to-one basis with the seller. It would be positioned outside and strict social distancing protocols would be adhered to.
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 (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 190bhp / 210lbft to 210bhp / 213lbft. Distinguished by its one-piece bumpers and simpler, more imposing radiator grill, 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 many the most desirable variant, the Roadster accounted for some 3,356 sales during its three-year production cycle.
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