1956 Jaguar XK 140 OTS SE
Let's return for a moment to the London Motor Show in 1954. Jaguar Cars was showing off a new flagship model on their stand; the XK140. An improved and updated version of the Jaguar XK120 model that proved to be a commercial success in the years before. The XK140 did everything the XK120 did but was even more comfortable.
On the engine front, the XK140 was fitted with a 3.4L 6-in-line engine like its predecessor, but with 190 hp in the standard version. The SE version with a C-Type cylinder head got a fat 210 bhp to power the rear wheels. This allowed the XK140 to once again hold the title of 'Fastest production car of its time' like its predecessor; the XK120.
The suspension, steering and braking systems were improved and interior space was increased. For example, the bulkhead between the passenger compartment and engine compartment was moved forward a good 76mm, resulting in an easier seating position for driver and passenger.
At Marreyt Classic Cars, we have already had numerous examples of Jaguars' top-of-the-line model from the fifties in our range. Always excelling in their own aspect and of the very highest quality. This beautiful XK140 OTS SE is no exception.
In November 1956, this XK140 was delivered by Jaguar Cars of New York to its first owner. After spending quite some time in the United States, this XK made its way back to Europe. Here, step by step, this fantastic Jaguar was allowed to be restored to its former glory.
The car was restored and finished in a classy and beautiful combination of British Racing Green with a cognac leather interior. A few more upgrades were also carried out that perfectly complement this 'C-Type cylinder head' equipped XK140:
In short, a nice mix of originality with the right upgrades to make this XK a sporty but comfortable car perfect for a Sunday trip or a challenging regularity rally.
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