top of page

Jaguar XK 140 Drop Head Coupe

FACTS

I 1954 - 1957 I

CONSTRUCTION YEAR

Malcolm Sayer

DESIGNERS

6 cylinders

219 hp

3,400 cc

ENGINE

479

NUMBER OF PIECES

1957

IMG_8526.jpg

STORY

The Jaguar XK 140 DHC (Drophead Coupe) was a sports car manufactured by the British car manufacturer Jaguar. The XK 140 was introduced as the successor to the successful XK 120 and was in production from 1954 to 1957. The DHC was the convertible version of the XK 140, while there was also a Fixed-Head Coupe (FHC) version.

The Jaguar XK 140 was first presented at the London Motor Show in October 1954

The interior of the XK 140 was made more spacious, which improved driving comfort. The dashboard was redesigned and there was more space for the driver and passenger.

Production of the Jaguar XK 140 lasted from 1954 to 1957. A total of around 3,300 XK 140 DHC units were produced during this period.

The Jaguar XK 140 DHC is now a sought-after collector's item and is prized by classic sports car enthusiasts. Its elegant design, powerful engine and advances over the XK 120 make it an important chapter in the history of the British sports car industry.

PERSONAL STORY

In January 1997, the former owner purchased this Jaguar in Belgium. The Belgian had already purchased the XK in June 1992 in the USA from the owner there, who had owned the Drophead Coupé since November 1965.
According to the Heritage Trust Certificate, the XK140 was delivered to Jaguar Cars New York in November 1956.

The factory documents confirm the special equipment as well as the still installed engine with the number S89798S, as well as the paintwork in Carmen Red.

As an active rally participant, the XK140 was naturally modified somewhat. It was fitted with a stainless steel exhaust with increased flow, a dual-circuit braking system with disc brakes on the front axle, a radiator with a high-performance network, a contactless Mallory ignition system, GAZ dampers all around and a Getrag 5-speed gearbox.

A dream in red that once made the streets of New York unsafe in the 90s.

bottom of page