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 cabin on its superlative predecessor, the XK 120, to accommodate taller drivers. This was achieved by moving the bulkhead forward 3 inches and lengthening the doors & cockpit. 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.
With only 1,959 examples built, the fixed head coupe had the lowest production run of all the left hand drive XK140s, yet they are the most practical and best looking of all the three models. The most desirable option available on any of the range was the Special Equipment (SE) or, as it was known in the U.S., the Modified Competion (MC) package. In its ultimate iteration, this included the C-Type cylinder head, derived from the Le Mans winning C-Type Jaguars, dual exhausts and fog lamps.
This particular example is a fully restored, multiple concours winning, matching numbers SE. The Carmen Red paint is flawless and the tan leather and burr walnut dashboard pristine, still every bit the show winner. Mechanically, in addition to its rebuilt engine, it benefits from upgraded brakes (front discs from the subsequent XK150) and a five-speed gearbox (a significant improvement in shift performance and ratio over the stock Moss transmission), it drives superbly, making it perfectly suited for vintage rallying or fabulous, classic road trips! Show it, drive it, enjoy it, you can't go wrong!