Wed, 20th Apr 2016 13:30

Imperial War Museum Duxford

 
  Lot 58
 

1956 Jaguar XK140 MC Fixed Head Coupe

Sold for £86,625

(including buyers premium)


Lot details
Registration No: 991 UXA
Chassis No: S815928

- 1 of just 1,959 and subject to an extensive mechanical and body off restoration

- A matching numbers example with correct C-Type cylinder head

- Offered with a large collection of invoices and photographs of the restoration

- Current ownership since 1995 and offered with a fresh MOT although exempt

- 5 Speed gearbox, XK150 front brakes and Kenlowe fan

According to its accompanying Heritage Certificate, this gorgeous-looking XK started life as one of just 1,959 lefthand drive export models, and was manufactured on November 26, 1956 before delivery to Jaguar Cars New York. It is believed to have been stored for many years while in the USA and had few keepers, the last of whom retained it from 1967 to 1995. In an extraordinary coincidence, it was then acquired by the UK-based vendor who, having been alerted to its availability, researched its whereabouts and history, only to discover it resided next-door-but-one to a relative of his in Santa Barbara. In a further twist of fate, its registration began with the letters DLE, the initials of his then partner!

The Jaguar is a matching numbers MC version complete with correct C-Type cylinder head and has been the subject of an extensive mechanical and body-off restoration, during which it was converted to righthand drive. The work included: a repaint in its original colour of Black by the vendor's own bodyshop; a complete re-trim in Red leather; re-veneering of the woodwork; rechroming by Prestige Plating; the provision of new chromed wire wheels and tyres. Desirable uprates include a five-speed gearbox, the larger XK150 brakes and a Kenlowe electric fan. The vendor unsurprisingly now classifies the XK's bodywork, paintwork, interior trim, engine and transmission as all being in 'Excellent' order and is offering the Jaguar complete with photos of the restoration, Heritage Certificate, and a collection of old tax discs and MOTs, plus a fresh MOT even though, of course, it's not legally required. The displayed mileage of just 89,000 is believed (but not warranted) to be correct.

NB The M in MC referred to the provision of wire wheels, dual exhausts and auxiliary lights and the C to the C-Type cylinder head.
 

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