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1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe Chassis no. A819231 Engine no. G9357-8

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1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe

1957 Jaguar XK140 SE Drophead Coupe
Chassis no. A819231
Engine no. G9357-8

3,442cc DOHC Inline 6-Cylinder Engine
2 SU Carburetors
190bhp at 5,500rpm
4-Speed Manual Transmission with Overdrive
Front Independent Suspension - Live Rear Axle
4-Wheel Drum Brakes

*Attractive Black over Red livery
*Recently refurbished throughout
*Accompanied by Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate
*Elegant Jaguar with adequate power


The XK140 offered many new features and improvements over the stunning XK120, which stood the automotive world on its ear at its Earl's Court introduction in 1948. Introduced in late 1954, the XK140 was again offered in Fixed-head Coupe (FHC), Drop-head Coupe (DHC) and Roadster versions, all with a subtly restyled body. The new XK boasted a redesigned box-section frame with a suppler suspension that included larger torsion bars and anti-roll bars, improved brakes, and rack-and-pinion steering to replace the earlier recirculating-ball system. Perhaps most importantly for customers in the vital North American market, there was a larger and more comfortable cockpit. This increased legroom, thanks to the engine and transmission assembly being moved forward by three inches, along with the firewall and instrument panel. Furthermore, the cowling and steering wheel were both raised. The XK140 boasted better parking protection via larger, full-width bumpers with over-riders, again with the American buyer in mind.

Beneath its shapely bonnet and redesigned grille rested a more powerful 190bhp 3.4-liter twin-cam six with higher-lift camshafts and an improved ignition system. A four-speed manual transmission with electric overdrive allowed the fortunate driver to enjoy relaxed motoring. Although the XK140 was a few hundred pounds heavier than the XK120, it was also faster, with a top speed of about 130mph in standard form. A highly desirable option was the C-Type's higher-performance, larger-valved cylinder head, which gave an additional 20 horsepower, pushing output to about 210. That choice gave correspondingly quicker acceleration and a greater maximum speed. Almost 8900 units were shipped from Coventry between 1954 and 1957, when the XK140 was superseded by the more muscular and luxurious XK150.


Originally delivered in the classic combination of British Racing Green over Tan, this Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe now sports the handsome combination of Black over red leather hides. The car completed its build at the Browns Lane Jaguar plant on November 27, 1956 but was not dispatched until January 14, 1957. The new Jaguar had been ordered by Jaguar Cars of New York and sported a left-hand drive steering arrangement. The lucky first owner is recorded to have been a Mr. John Loeb.

Recently, the interior was subjected to a restoration, and subsequently, the whole treatment looks very tidy. The finer details inside include a Becker Europa radio, a Burlwood Veneer dash, and a period correct Moto-Lita steering wheel to further aid the driver in connecting to the road. Additional work includes the installation of new body weather stripping, seals, and grommets. Mechanically, it is reported that the engine runs smooth thanks to properly tuned carburetors and a new exhaust manifold. Cosmetically, desirable slim XK120 bumpers adorn the exterior of the vehicle. Rounding off the fixings is a set of new Firestone whitewall tires.

A Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate is offered with the car, as is a tool roll, jack, grease gun, and owner's manual. The XK140 sits in the sweet spot of the early XK line by benefiting from the technical developments, but not yet compromising on the body lines first seen on the XK120. A well-sorted example such as this should serve its next owner well over the coming years and will certainly be responsible for putting a smile on many faces. Thanks to the powerful, 3.4-liter inline six twin-cam engine and overdrive transmission, these XK's are great cars for rallies and high-speed motoring, in such incredible style and luxury.

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