Thu, 24th May 2012 14:30

The Pavilion Gardens

  Lot 50

1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe

Estimated at £40,000 - £45,000

Lot details
Registration No: VWJ 882
Chassis No: 804499DN
Mot Expiry: Nov 2012

In 1954 the all-conquering XK120 gave way to the XK140. Visual changes included more substantial bumpers with over-riders, a one-piece radiator grille with fewer but thicker vertical slats, and a chrome strip that ran up the centre of the bonnet and continued down the boot lid, where it proudly incorporated a red shield with the words 'Winner Le Mans 1951-3' inscribed in gold. The mechanical specification comprised a number of fundamental upgrades and the newcomer was offered in three body styles - Roadster, Drop Head Coupe and Fixed Head Coupe. The XK140 was a quick car by any standards, and in SE trim it could accelerate to 60mph in under 9 seconds and rapidly on to a top speed approaching 125mph.

This nicely presented right-hand drive Fixed Head Coupe vacated the Browns Lane factory in 1955 and is finished in British Racing Green and trimmed in Tan leather. 'VWJ 882' has benefited from a thorough restoration during which the engine was modified for more power and the standard gearbox replaced with a five-speed Getrag unit. The vendor considers the retrim to be "lovely", the refurbished Walnut woodwork "beautiful", the bodywork, paintwork and engine "very good" and the transmission "A1". The Jaguar comes complete with history file, Heritage certificate and MOT into November.

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