1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster @ Worldwide Auctioneers Enthusiast Auction

1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster @ Worldwide Auctioneers  Enthusiast Auction

A numbers matching MC example
Benefitting from 53 years of single enthusiast ownership
Tastefully updated with a five-speed manual gearbox, front disc brakes, and an aluminum radiator
Believed to be one of the earliest surviving left-hand drive export XK140s
VIN: S810008

With the success of the sensational XK120, the next generation of sports cars from Jaguar had a tough act to follow. Engineers at Jaguar, while quite pleased with the performance and acceptance of their first post-war efforts, knew they could improve. While the displacement of the tried-and-true inline 3.4-litre six remained unchanged, improvements in horsepower were achieved through the use of a higher lift cam, improved porting, and better breathing SU carburetors. 

These few improvements added 30 horsepower to the overall ratings. In addition to engine functions, the motor was moved forward about three inches for better balance. A close-ratio four-speed gearbox combined with the well-tuned engine led to some highly spirited performance runs. Improved handling on the XK140 was based on the rack and pinion setup first used by Jaguar on the fabulous C-Type race cars. Suspension upgrades included stiffer torsion bars combined with improved telescopic shock absorbers which were now found on all four corners of the chassis. Exterior styling on the new model was based on the original XK120s but could be distinguished by its new larger front and rear bumpers, a revised and enlarged radiator grille opening, plus improved rear taillights that incorporated turn signals. 

For 1955, the company stated, "Jaguar presents a range of models incorporating not only added refinements, but mechanical advances directly derived from their many outstanding successes in international competitive events. All the wealth of experience gained on the racetracks of the world and in record-breaking speed and endurance tests is built into every Jaguar to provide for discriminating motorists the highest degree of efficient performance allied to comfort and safety."

Assembled in October of 1954, this numbers-matching 1955 Jaguar XK140 MC Roadster, Chassis S810008, is likely one of the first production, left-hand drive XK140 U.S.-delivery examples to be produced. Serial numbers for America-bound export models began at 810000, so one would assume this would be the 8th one produced. Additionally, it leads to this XK140 being one of the earliest known surviving examples today. To further its heritage, the starting "S" prefix in the serial number indicates it left the factory with the top-of-the-line MC option, or special equipment package, which included a crankshaft vibration damper, wire-spoke wheels, dual exhaust pipes, and fog lamps.

Today, this early XK140 MC benefits from a top-shelf restoration that was completed in 2012 under a Florida owner who reportedly maintained this Jag for an impressive 53 years. Benefiting from few collectors since, the restoration has matured nicely and only shows slight signs of mellowing in the paint, specifically noticable atop the boot. A classic Jaguar red color, paired with fine tan leather and sparkling chrome wire wheels, its stance is that of a true untamed British Roadster. Under the long-term owner's tenure, he opted to tastefully update this Roadster with a five-speed manual gearbox, front disc brakes, and an aluminum radiator, further elevating its sporty driving experience.

Most recently, this Jaguar has undergone a major servicing in the winter of 2023 that consisted of an oil change, new oil filter housing, coolant flush, carb rebuild, new brake master cylinders, new brake shoes, and new spark plugs. At this same time, the wire wheels were re-chromed and fitted with new Coker Classic tires. Other features include a black convertible soft top and matching tonneau cover.

A fascinating example, as it is one of the first U.S. import XK140s to leave the famed factory, this charming numbers matching Jaguar, is a testament to the continued refinement, speed, and overall sophistication that can be found on each and every Jaguar automobile.

Numbers-matching & beautifully restored Jaguars at the Enthusiast Auction

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• Recent mechanical tune-up in December 2023
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• Numbers matching example per its JDHT Certificate
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