The Salon Privé Sale 2017

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1955 Jaguar XK140 Fixed Head Coupe SE

Lot No.: 210

Registration: RXN 77
Chassis Number: S804248
Engine Number: G405788
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3443
Year of Manufacture: 1955
RHD/LHD: Right Hand Drive
Sold for (£): 57,100

This, delightful-looking, XK140 SE is one of only 839 right-hand drive Fixed Head Coupes made for the home market. It was previously owned by Jeremy Broad the father of Guy Broad, the renowned XK marque specialist. According to the accompanying Heritage Certificate, the Jaguar left the Browns Lane assembly line on June 22, 1955, finished in British Racing Green teamed with a Tan interior. The original distributor was Henlys of London and the first owner, a Mr K. D. Mayse.

As presented today, the car features White bodywork, a Red leather interior and rides on chromed wire wheels shod with white-walled tyres, which are about to be replaced with conventional plain black ones. 'RXN 77' has been the subject of much mechanical fettling and the original cylinder block is now topped with a replacement head that's equipped with a trio of SU carburettors. The Jaguar was previously treated to a partial restoration and interior re-trim. It is now being offered complete with a 2016 invoice for £2,000 from Retro Services of Wolston near Coventry, who serviced and MOT'd the car whilst carrying out some minor welding and replacing such items as the exhaust downpipes (now stainless steel), suspension bushes, exhaust mountings, handbrake cable, front and rear brake cylinders and hoses, and windscreen washer pump.

The car's history file includes an up to date V5C, continuation buff log book, a sheaf of bills and previous MOTs, and the aforementioned Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate. The chromed boot rack is a nice touch that will appeal to those considering long-distance touring. This rare car will be presented to auction with a fresh MOT.