Displacement: 3,442 cc
Horsepower: 210 bhp @ 5,750 rpm
Engine Torque: 213 lb ft @ 4,000 rpm
Top Speed: 131 mph
0 - 60 mph: 9.5 seconds
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One of the most elegant designs to come out of Brown’s Lane, the ancestral home of Jaguar, the XK 140 answered a call for a longer cockpit on its superlative predecessor, the XK 120, to accommodate taller drivers. The accompanying slight increase in weight 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 roadster is already rare. Add in the factory Special Equipment options including the cylinder head derived from the legendary Le Mans winning ‘C-Type’ Jaguars and the even rarer Laycock de Normanville overdrive and you have a very rare bird indeed. Possibly one of only a few dozen. Then, to further thin the herd, make it a two owner California car from new in a highly desirable colour scheme and top it off with a concours-winning restoration by fabled Jaguar restorer, Mike Wilson, and you’re pretty much down to one of one!
The Birch Grey paintwork and Dark Red leather interior are still both in excellent condition, the car having only been gently used since its 2003 restoration. The black canvas top and side curtains are as new and the chrome & glass are both equally impressive. On the road it performs faultlessly with relaxed high speed cruising courtesy of the fully functioning overdrive unit. An ideal candidate for either show or vintage rallying, this magnificent car would not be out of place in any collection.