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For Sale at Auction: 1956 Jaguar XK140 in Auburn, Indiana

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Vehicle Description

To Be OFFERED AT AUCTIONEstimate:
$130,000 - $160,000

  • 210 bhp 3.4-liter DOHC inline-six; four-speed manual transmission
  • Numbers-matching engine and head, confirmed by JDHT certificate
  • 'MC' designation indicates desirable performance options fitted from new
  • Comprehensive and well-documented restoration completed 2019
  • Five new Dunlop wire wheels, Vredestein tires and tubes installed during restoration


Introduced in October 1954 as a follow-up to the successful and influential Jaguar XK 120, the XK 140 was roomier, more powerful, and otherwise mechanically improved compared to its predecessor-all while maintaining the charm and appeal that made the XK 120 a breakout hit.

This 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster (an open two-seater, or OTS in Jaguar nomenclature) bears chassis number S812977. Compared to the Drop Head Coupe, it is undoubtedly the sportier choice; a closed car, or Fixed Head Coupe, was also offered. Completed on 7 November 1956, this car was optioned with the MC specification. This denotes a higher, 210 hp output from its 3.4-liter dual-overhead cam inline-six thanks to a C-Type cylinder head, dual H8 SU carburetors, and a dual exhaust.

This car has been in possession of the consignor since 1990, who recently coordinated its comprehensive restoration. No stranger to this often-challenging task, a similar XK 140 he restored to the same standards previously went on to claim numerous concours and JCNA awards and honors.

The list of well-regarded artisans involved in S812977's overhaul is long. JP's European Auto in Huntington Beach, California rebuilt the car's engine and four-speed manual transmission. The engine and head are original to the car, confirmed by the accompanying JDHT certificate. Additionally during this time, the exhaust headers, which flow into a stainless steel exhaust system, were porcelainized. The original radiator was rebuilt with a high efficiency core and high-flow flex fan. All mechanical gear sits on a freshly powder-coated gloss black frame; a new wiring harness, as well as new fuel and brake lines, run throughout.

The car's interior, convertible top, and convertible top boot were redone by K&H European Auto Upholstery (note that side curtains are not included with the sale of the car), and cockpit gauges have been restored by Nisonger Instruments. Five new wire knock-off Dunlop wheels, as well as new Vredestein tires and tubes, were obtained for the car. Brightwork was also chrome-plated to a high standard, at this time, and new Lucas side mirrors were sourced.

The finishing touch is the distinctive exterior color-a metallic Ferrari silver, paint code 101C-selected to compliment its owner's E-Type. The paint was applied by Mark Oja, noted for his role automotive television shows Overhaulin' and American Hot Rod.

Restored with a concours-quality attention to detail, yet also mechanically prepared for enjoyable touring, this 1956 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster is offered with photos and receipts documenting the high-grade work it received.To view this car and others currently consigned to this auction, please visit the RM website at rmsothebys.com/en/auctions/0520.

Vehicle Details

  • Listing ID:CC-1373394
  • Price:Auction Vehicle
  • Location:Auburn, Indiana
  • Year:1956
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:XK140
  • Odometer:0
  • Stock Number:926869
  • VIN:S812977