Displacement: 3,442 cc
Horsepower: 190 bhp @ 5,500 rpm
Engine Torque: 203 lb ft @ 3,000 rpm
Top Speed: 121 mph
0 - 60 mph: 8.4 seconds
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One of the most elegant designs to come out of Browns Lane (the ancestral home of Jaguar), the XK140 answered a call for a longer cockpit on its superlative predecessor, the XK120, to accommodate taller drivers. In order to further increase its appeal in the American market, the new car also featured a lot more chrome, including full width bumpers and a chrome strip running all the way along the centre line, from the new, more substantial radiator grille in the front to the licence plate light in the rear. In the midst of this strip, where it crossed the boot lid, was a cloisonne badge, commemorating Jaguar's stunning victories at Le Mans, first in 1951 and then, even more spectacularly, their first, second & fourth place in 1953. (Following this feat, in honour of her coronation, Jaguar sent a telegram to Queen Elizabeth II, dedicating their victory to her. To which, Her Majesty replied with enthusiastic congratulations!) The accompanying slight increase in weight of the longer body and more elaborate trim was easily offset by increases in power and braking ability. Additionally, rack & pinion steering and telescopic shock absorbers improved the already superb handling.
As one of only 3,276 examples built, this graceful, numbers-matching roadster is as rare as it is gorgeous. With just one Los Angeles owner since 1978, it still retains its early California plates and small pink title. Finished in Cotswold Blue with Black leather, it has covered less than a thousand miles since undergoing a full cosmetic and mechanical restoration. Consequently, it is in superb condition throughout.
Complete with a black Everflex soft top, side curtains and tool roll, it is ready to enjoy immediately. On the road, it cruises effortlessly with taut steering and firm, even braking, accompanied by that unmistakable XK exhaust note. An ideal candidate for either show or vintage rallying, this magnificent car would not be out of place in any collection, yet can be driven and enjoyed at will!