Evaluation: Body-off restored a while ago. Paint and chrome are both aged, and the rear bumper is seriously faded. Large crack in front of the driver’s door, and the gaps for both doors are uneven. Good, lightly worn interior. Clean wheels and tires, tidy underneath. Solid driver, and though you can’t see the 5-speed swap, it makes this car more enjoyable on the road.
Bottom Line: Following up on the groundbreaking XK 120, the 140 had big shoes to fill and as a collector car it will always play second fiddle to the original. It’s more powerful, handles better and has more room for taller driver but it’s also heavier and less graceful. The white over red looks really good on this one, though, and it would make a great car for tours or long driver, particularly with the 5-speed swap. Yet the Houston bidders weren’t smitten with it for some reason. A six-figure price wouldn’t have been surprising so someone got a decent deal here.