Manufactured between 1954 and 1957, the Jaguar XK140 was an upgrade to the first post-war Jaguar sports car, the legendary XK120.
The XK140 featured numerous improvements, including much-needed interior space, improved brakes, rack-and-pinion steering, increased suspension travel, and telescopic shock absorbers replacing the old-style lever arm shocks.
The Interior space was gained by relocating the engine, firewall and dash forward to provide 3 inches more legroom, making 6-foot-plus drivers able to get in and drive the car.
The Pick of the Day is a 1955 Jaguar XK140 in Old English White with a red-leather interior that had received a full frame-off restoration, according to the West Palm Beach, Florida, dealer advertising the car on ClassicCars.com.
Restoration costs for an XK140 can easily exceed the value of the car due to the complicated construction. Getting all of those scrumptious curves right takes quite a bit of time and skill.
The XK140 is a fast car due to the DNA of the venerable XK C-Type race car, the most important piece being the C-Type cylinder head for the DOHC inline-6 engine. The XK140 was able to record 0-60 times as quick as 8.7 seconds with a top speed as high as 125 mph.
These cars drive amazingly well, much improved over the earlier XK120.
The Jaguar XK140 is one of those cars that is eligible for literally any event you could think of, including top concours d’elegance such as Amelia Island, Florida, or any vintage rally in the world.
If you are looking for a classic sports car that offers the Jaguar promises of “grace, space and pace,” the 1955 XK140 would fit the bill. At an asking price of $149,000 or best offer, it offers quite a lot of car for the money.
To view this listing on ClassicCars.com, see Pick of the Day.