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The XK140 was introduced in late 1954 and sold as a 1955 model. The primary visual change was the more substantial front and rear bumpers, with large overriders. Another new feature was modern flashing turn signals, operated by a separate switch on the dash. The twin amber lights positioned above the front bumper helped to distinguish the XK140 Front grille size stayed the same but became a one piece cast unit with fewer, thicker vertical slats. The Jaguar badge was fitted to the grille itself, rather than being mounted between the grille and hood/bonnet as on the XK-120. A chrome trim strip extended back over the bonnet and at the rear continued down the centre of the boot lid, where it contained a red shield with the words 'Winner Le Mans 1951-3' inscribed in gold.The interior was improved for taller drivers with an addition of 3 inches of legroom, as a result of relocating the engine, firewall and dash forward.
The XK140 continued to feature the famous Jaguar XK engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120 as standard, increasing the specified power by 10 bhp to 190 bhp at 5500 rpm. The special C-Type cylinder head was also carried through from the XK120 catalogue as an option, specified at 210 bhp at 5750 rpm. A car fitted with the C-type cylinder head, 2-inch sandcast H8 carburettors, heavier front torsion bars and twin exhaust pipes was known in the UK as an XK-140 SE. In North America it was popularly called an XK-140 MC.The XK140 was available in three body styles.
This example is an OTS (Open Two Seater) roadster and has a light canvas top assembly that when lowered fits behind the seats and thus completely disappears inside the body. This car was delivered new to the USA in late 1956 as a Special Equipment model finished in red with black leather interior. The vehicle has remained with one owner for most of its life having been never restored but looked after at no expense spared. More recently the car has been subjected to some light modifications and it is presented in stunning lightly patinated but solid and original condition. Available to view immediately and UK road registered.