NEW PRICE! Fantastic, well-sorted older restoration ready to enjoy. Matching-numbers, real SE equipment model, Heritage Certificate verified. Beautiful paint, chrome, and interior. Runs and drives extremely well!
Finished in lovely Carmen Red, it is anything but subtle, but in typical British fashion, it is not extroverted. It attracts attention, but for all the right reasons. Even today, the styling remains jaw-dropping, from the dramatic fender line to the lovely details like the wing-mounted rear-view mirrors and the wonderful spine of chrome that bisects the hood and trunk lid (or bonnet and boot, depending on which side of the pond you’re on). The restoration is several years old and the car has been driven as intended; this was never a trailer queen. There are almost no cosmetic blemishes to note beyond a few marks behind the front bumper which are an inevitable part of enjoying a car on the road. There are a few touch-ups that are visible upon close inspection, but if you don’t know where to look, it’s unlikely that you’ll be able to find them. The workmanship is excellent, with straight panels, very good body gaps, and a deep shine to the paint, which has an appropriate shine that isn’t too modern. As a car that spent most of its life in California, we see no evidence that this was ever a rusty car, so no major surgery was required during the restoration. You will note that both the bonnet and boot fit extremely well and do not rub adjacent panels, a difficult achievement with these cars. Obviously the chrome was fully restored with the rest of the car, and the bumpers, grille, and other detail pieces present extremely well with no notable demerits. And we are particularly fond of the screens over the headlights, which give the car a racy look.
The red leather interior is simply spectacular, offering a very correct look and accurate workmanship to create one of the very best driving environments of the period. The leather hides are in fantastic condition, a marked contrast to many of the XKs out there with interiors that look like they’ve been neglected or abused in the interest of “authenticity” and if you’re familiar with the work, you know it is not inexpensive to bring an interior to this level. The low-slung seats remain comfortable enough for cross-country jaunts and the materials are just wonderful—real burled walnut, fragrant leather, and plush wool carpeting all remind us that nobody does interiors better than the British. All the original Smiths gauges are fully operational and that large 4-spoke steering wheel makes this lithe cat very easy to manage on the road. The 4-speed manual gearbox’s shifter is almost delicate in design and requires no more than your fingertips to run through the gears, and the heavy chrome handles on the switchgear feels substantial. The coupe also offers plenty of room for touring, with seats that travel far enough for even the tallest drivers, small back seats that are acceptable for children (or extra baggage), and a flip-down compartment under the rear package shelf. In back, a correctly trimmed boot offers acceptable cargo space and includes a matching spare tire assembly with jack, wrench, and grease gun. And yes, the spare tire well is in excellent condition with no signs of rust or rot, a common place for issues in these cars.
This car is a real SE model, which indicates a C-Type cylinder head for perhaps 20 additional horsepower. It still carries its original engine and cylinder head, both stamped G5690-8S, which indicates that it is a 3.4 liter XK140 engine with 8:1 compression and C-Type cylinder head. There are no questions in its pedigree, as this is also verified with the included Heritage Certificate. The engine was fully rebuilt at the time of restoration and runs superbly with the power and smoothness for which these cars have become rightfully famous. Once it is properly warmed up, it happily burbles at about 700 RPM with that characteristic inline-6 rasp that enthusiasts find so delightful. On the road, there’s always torque available and the energetic engine pulls the coupe with genuine authority. Oil pressure remains excellent and it does not run hot, giving you the confidence you need to use this car as intended. It’s also beautiful to look at, with its polished cam covers, bright red engine enamel, and correct detailing throughout.
Clutch take-up is light and once the gearbox is properly warmed up, shifts are effortless (it will grind the 1-2 shift if you rush it when cold). The chassis shows signs of use, of course, but no critical rust or other concerns The exhaust system is correct and has a wonderful soundtrack and thanks to standard rack-and-pinion steering, this car tracks and steers extremely well. The brakes have been recently and extensively serviced with new hoses and hardware visible at all four corners and the shocks give it that amazing Jaguar ride quality. Correct wire spoke wheels are nicely finished with real knock-off hubs and a set of 8.00-16 Firestone tires that look right.
This car includes a Heritage Certificate with all numbers matching those on the car and showing that it was originally delivered to Los Angeles, California, where it apparently spent most of its life.
The XK140 SE FHC has the lowest production figures of all the XK140s, with some sources suggesting only 366 were built with left-hand drive. It represents perhaps the best balance of performance, comfort, and usability, making it the ideal car for long-distance touring events. With proven reliability, long-term ownership, and an excellent older restoration, this wonderful Jaguar needs nothing to be enjoyed immediately. Call today!
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