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1955 Jaguar XK140 FHC

Lot No.: 534

Registration: 140 FLF
Chassis Number: CH804183
Engine Number: NE-1590-8
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3781
Year of Manufacture: 1955
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): Unsold
  • Original, UK-supplied, right-hand drive 140, first registered in Liverpool
  • Superbly restored around 5 years ago. Further recommissioning recently including conversion to wire wheels
  • At some point, it has been fitted with a more powerful 3.8-litre engine from an XK150
  • Fresh MOT, V5c, lots of invoices, Jaguar Daimler Heritage Certificate
  • Sporting the appropriate registration number '140 FLF' this is a really lovely classic 140

The ever-popular Jaguar XK140 was introduced in October 1954 and remained in production until 1957. Rather than being an uncompromised sports car, the 140 was a much more comfortable and capable long distance machine than its predecessor the XK120. Upgrades included more interior space, improved brakes, rack and pinion steering, increased suspension travel, and telescopic shock absorbers and the styling was enhanced with a revised grille and larger bumpers along with new rear lights, which now incorporated the indicators. Available in Coupé, Drop Head Coupé or Roadster styles, the car was an immediate hit! Road going versions were powered by the Jaguar XK 3.4 litre engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120, raising the specified power by 10bhp to 190bhp at 5500rpm, as standard. 

This particular XK140 is an original, right-hand drive, Fixed Head Coupé manufactured in 1955 and is one of only 842 right-hand drive, home market cars. It was first registered on June 11th, 1955 by Litherland Motors of Liverpool and sold to a Mr Thomas Melling of Southport finished in the classic combination of Old English White with contrasting red leather trim and red carpets. Around five years ago, prior to our vendor's purchase, the  Jaguar was subject to an extensive overhaul and, body-off, respray by a leading marque specialist. According to the accompanying paperwork the work carried out included;

Bodywork; doors, bonnet and boot lid re-fitted to produce excellent shut lines. Entire body fully prepared, primed and painted, including door shuts, engine bay and wheels. Brightwork polished and replaced where necessary. Body cavities wax injected and new body sealing rubbers fitted all around. Mechanicals; brakes serviced, gearbox rebuilt, oil & filters changed. Engine bay wiring fully overhauled. Cylinder block, head and radiator cleaned and painted. Cam covers and carburettor dash pots polished. Interior; Seats 're-Connollised' and the carpets cleaned. The account for this apparently totalled some £12,000.

It should be noted that at some stage in the car's history a stronger, more powerful 3.8-litre engine from the later XK150 has been fitted.

The expenditure has continued during our vendor's ownership and the car has been fitted with new stub-axles enabling the fitting of a set of chrome wire wheels, an engine tune and carb set-up and has covered only 400 since competion of the work. The car remains in excellent condition and is sold with a fresh MOT Certificate, its Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust Certificate, and the desirable registration number - '140 FLF'.

This is a really lovely XK140, one of the nicest we have seen.