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For Sale: 1957 Jaguar XK in Houston, Texas


Vehicle Description

1957 Jaguar XK140 MC FHC

Chassis No. S815890
Engine No. G9416-8S
Body No. J6725

Final Model Year, Top Specification "SE/MC" XK140
Special Equipment Model w/ C-Type Engine Head
Featuring Wire Wheels, Dual Exhaust, Twin SU H8 Carburetors, 210 bhp
Numbers-Matching Engine (Head & Block), as verified by Jaguar Heritage Trust
1 of 2800 Fixed-head Coupes Produced from 1954-1957
Known Ownership, with Extensive Records, History & Invoices from 1975-Present
An Event-Proven Example, Thoughtfully Prepared for Vintage Touring
Recipient of a Winter 2020 Inspection & Scheduled Major Service
A Spirited Jaguar, Offering Boundless Opportunities for its Next Caretaker!

By 1954, the XK120 became the XK140, offering notable improvements including more legroom, increased horsepower, rack and pinion steering, telescoping shock absorbers, and improved brakes. Importantly, Jaguar offered a range of performance options including the SE model, which could include the competition-derived "C-Type" cylinder head, designated as the "MC". The SE - Special Equipment, came with wire wheels, dual exhaust, fog lamps, and larger carburetors, all of which resulted in 20 more horsepower.

S815890, a 1957 XK140 MC Fixed-head Coupe, was completed on November 7, 1956 - finished in Black over Red upholstery, and dispatched on November 16, 1956 through Jaguar Cars, New York. Robert Grant of Tucson, Arizona took delivery of the new XK140 on December 31st 1956 as a gift for his wife. By 1975, the Jaguar had found its way to Florida, where it remained until 2008. Fortunately, the MC is accompanied by a large collection of records dating back to 1975, with A. Recupero's purchase from J. Blesi in December 1975. Subsequent invoices track servicing and upkeep to the mid-1980's, as Recupero would ultimately own the Jaguar until December 1999. Leading up to the 1999 sale, S815890 sat dormant in garage storage for several years, upon which R. Glace, the 140's next caretaker would commission a cosmetic and mechanical restoration back to road worthiness.

Affectionately known as Felix by this time, the XK140 would receive a "frame-off" restoration, while simultaneously being prepared for future SCCA and VCCA Racing events. The restoration was completed in July 2000. Upon completion, the Jaguar was displayed at the 2001Amelia Island Concours d'Elegance where it received the Amelia Award, presented by John Sartees. At the event, the underside of the bonnet was signed by Brock Yeats and David E. Davis. This was immediately proceeded by the 1000 Forza Amelia. Multiple JCNA events would also follow. Ultimately, the car was used for vintage rallies, as opposed to track racing.

A fellow rallyist, F. Ehle of Oconomowoc, WI took ownership of the MC from Glace in June 2008 and participated in the 2009 California Mille.. Ehle would commission another freshening of the car shortly after and further preparing it for distance and strenuous driving events, while slightly reverting the Jaguar to a more sporty-stock appearance. During this time, the engine was rebuilt (2010, JK Restorations) and all systems were made reliable for road and rally use. A driver quality paint job was applied in proper "Old English" white, while refreshing some brightwork, fitting a wood-rimmed Moto Lita steering wheel, and correcting various interior trim.

Today, the XK140MC continues to present as an ideal event car, with mellowed cosmetics and strong mechanical prowess, and 51,800 recorded miles. The exterior's white finish shows light blending and age in areas while displaying a nice patina overall. The engine and underside have been steam cleaned and detailed and show evidence of the much recent mechanical freshening performed. The presentation is complimented by deep red cabin upholstery, with leather bonnet strap, rally clocks on the dash, front bumper delete, and black wire wheels for a period-style rally appearance.

Additionally the engine compartment displays a very usable, matching-numbers engine and head. Notable upgrades to the oiling and ignition systems, along with an electric pusher fan enhance usability and reliability for events. The luggage compartment is trimmed with a matching red liner and spare wheel.

Behind the steering wheel feels comfortable, with authentic patina to the leather trim and walnut veneer. The Jaguar performs well, thanks to regular upkeep and a Winter 2020 inspection and scheduled major service. This included new fluids and filters, rebuilt radiator with new hoses, fuel hoses, brakes hoses and other rubber components, clutch master cylinder, brake master cylinder and reservoir, drum brake restoration kit, front suspension rebuild kit and Spax shocks, engine mounts, carburetor rebuilds, Pertronix ignition, new wiper motor assembly, arms and blades, and turn signal switch. This was followed up with fresh Gloss Black powdercoating on all 5 wheels, shod with 5 new and period correct 600-16 Pirelli Stella Bianca tires and Michelin tubes.

Whether casual touring, Cars & Coffee, or high-speed drives, this event proven and genuine matching-numbers XK140 MC offers plenty of exciting opportunities for its next caretaker. In addition to a significant collection of records, history and invoices, S815890 is accompanied by its professionally framed Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate (verifying all original numbers), Operating, Maintenance and Service Handbook, car cover, older wood-rimmed steering wheel, and spare tire assembly. As one of the most sought after XK140s in Jaguar's lineup, this MC Coupe will certainly command attention from marque enthusiasts. Now available for worldwide purchase and delivery from our Houston, Texas showroom.

Recorded Ownership:
R. Grant - Tucson, Arizona - November 6, 1956
J. Blesi - Fort Lauderdale, FL
A. Recupero / Colangelo - Fort Lauderdale, FL - December 4, 1975
R. Glace - Lake Worth, FL - December 1999
F. Ehle - Oconomowoc, WI - June 19, 2008
D. Randall - Blue Ridge, TX - February 13, 2017

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Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Jaguar XK
  • Listing ID:CC-1435975
  • Price:$79,500
  • Location:Houston, Texas
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:XK
  • Exterior Color:WHI
  • Odometer:51845
  • Stock Number:D2074
  • VIN:S815890