International Trophy Sale 2013

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1956 Jaguar XK140 Fixedhead Coupe SE Competition

Lot No.: 352

Registration: 420 AVT
Chassis Number: S804840
Engine Number: G9718/8F
Number of cylinders: 6
CC: 3400
Year of Manufacture: 1956
Sold for (£): Unsold

This rare and desirable Jaguar XK 140 'Special Equipment' model is a UK right hand drive car that was first registered '420 AVT' in October 1956 and supplied by Bryant Jaguar. It was then to find a certain notoriety when purchased by the Reverend John Fellingham in the 1970's and used for racing by him to great acclaim, particularly as he wore his ‘dog collar' whilst racing! Several pictures in the comprehensive history file prove this.

From then on it became known affectionately as 'The Vicar's Car'. He modified it for his racing exploits by converting it to lightweight specification and fitting it with a 'D' Type cylinder head. They were a successful combination, as period results prove, even winning at Silverstone in the 'Thoroughbred' race in 1979. The history file confirms results and shows period shots of 'The Vicar's Car' racing in the TS Championship from 1976 until the early eighties.
The next chapter for the car started when the new owner, ex Bentley racer Paul Carter, decided to prepare the car for the 'Carrera Panamericana' in 1999. Over £60,000 was then spent with renowned XK expert, David Sedge of Maidstone. The history file shows photos of all the preparation work that was essential for the reliability and the strength required on such a major global endurance event. This included replacing many steel panels with lightweight aluminium.
Further engine work took the BHP up to just over 300 requiring a Getrag 5 speed gearbox. An integral roll cage, full harnesses, a 'D Type' style alloy filler cap and a competition fire extinguisher were all fitted to allow for the cars extra performance. Rated as 'the best XK' David had built at the time, it sadly never made the start of the intended Carrera Panamericana, but it did go on to race nationally at Oulton Park and also proved to be 100% reliable on the Monte Carlo Retro.

Having driven this car recently, Silverstone Auctions can confirm that this car handles and drives superbly with a willing, strong engine and powerful brakes. Ideal for Historic rallies, Tours or races - this car is both sensibly guided and ready to go.