For Sale: 1957 Jaguar XK140 in Costa Mesa, California

Vehicle Description

1957 Jaguar XK 140 MC Roadster

• Concours-quality restoration by a marque expert
• Discreet performance upgrades
• 5-speed gearbox upgraded conversion
• Disc brakes

The XK140 was manufactured by Jaguar between 1954 to 1957, the successor to Jaguar's highly successful XK120. Upgrades include better brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel, and modern tube-type shock absorbers. The interior was improved for taller drivers with an addition of 3 inches of legroom, as a result of relocating the engine, the firewall, and the dash was moved forward. The car fitted with the C-type cylinder head, 2-inch sand-cast H8 carburetors, heavier front torsion bars, and twin exhaust pipes, was known in the UK as an XK140 SE. In North America, it was popularly called an XK140 MC.

The XK140 was available in three body styles. The OTS (Open Two-Seater) Roadster had a light canvas top assembly that when lowered fit behind the seats and thus completely disappeared inside the body. The XK140 OTS had removable canvas and plastic side curtains. The DHC (Drop Head Coupe) had a permanently mounted padded soft top that when lowered sat above and outside the body of the car. It also had a fixed windscreen (unlike the removable windscreen of the OTS).

The past owner purchased this XK140 in 2009 from a long-time owner who had the Jaguar for the past 40 years, since 1969. A concours restoration was done by XK's Unlimited in San Luis Obispo, California over a 3-year period. Finished in a classic color combination of Black with a Biscuit leather interior and a Black soft top. The paint and bodywork are in perfect condition along with the panel fit. The interior is immaculate with Wilton wool carpets and Connolly leather. The original Smith gauges were restored by West Valley Instrument Specialists, Inc in Reseda, California. No expense was spared with receipts exceeding $100,000. Everything was completely rebuilt. Chassis upgrades are also quite extensive and include Wilwood front disc brakes, a manual 5-speed full synchro transmission, a large alloy radiator, an alloy fuel tank, and an alloy flywheel, which all add to the improvement of the overall drivability. The quality of the restoration is very apparent and even on the underside, which is fully detailed.

The engine was completely disassembled and stripped down to the block, the block was then Magnaflux to check for any cracks and then acid dipped. The machine work was done by Martin Davidsons Automotive Machine shop. The crank was standard, and new bearings, pistons, rods, and gaskets were installed. The 3.4 liter inline-6 is perfectly detailed, with the correct red cylinder head that was unique to the C-Type engines. The 5-speed manual transmission has full synchromesh with close ratios and a shorter throw for a smooth shifting experience. Equipped with canvas soft top, side curtains, 16'' chrome wire wheels, and tonneau cover. Complete with tools, books, extensive restoration receipts, and a spare wheel. Well-equipped with numerous desirable options truly in outstanding condition. Ready to enjoy on tours, taking on the challenge of thousand-mile rallies, any vintage motoring event, or local concours events.

Performance
• 3442cc displacement
• DOHC Straight-6
• Double SU H8 carburetors
• 210 bhp @ 5,750 RPMs
• Top speed of 120 to 125 mph
• 0-60 mph in 8.4 seconds

Vehicle Details

  • 1957 Jaguar XK140
  • Listing ID: CC-1648423
  • Price: $169,500
  • Location:Costa Mesa, California
  • Year:1957
  • Make:Jaguar
  • Model:XK140
  • Exterior Color:Black
  • Interior Color:Biscuit
  • Transmission:Manual
  • Odometer:539
  • Stock Number:Ja4278
  • VIN:S813228
Listed By:
European Collectibles
1665 Babcock Street
Costa Mesa, CA 92627

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