1955 Jaguar XK 140

Sale Price
$182,000 - $224,400
Est. Range
19 February 2021
Sold Date
Lot Number
Modified restoration
Auction House
Chassis no. 800021DN. Green over green leather. No top. RHD. 3781 replacement engine, HD8 SU carburetors, 230 rear wheel hp, straight-port cylinder head, 4-wheel XK 150 disc brakes, dual exhaust, Getrag 5-speed, leaf spring traction bars, Reutter bucket seats, chrome wire wheels, tonneau cover, uncovered top frame, original 3,442cc engine (with replacement head) and overdrive gearbox included.

Evaluation: Restored and significantly upgraded from a derelict, completed in 2012. Reproduction rear body, new factory replacement fenders. Good older paint, wavy body panels, sound chrome. The upholstery is good with some stretching on the driver’s seat. Dashboard and gauges are very good. The engine compartment is good but showing age.

Bottom Line: An exciting XK Jag, but hardly representative of its model. If this were a Barrett-Jackson auction in the States it would be characterized as a “Resto-Mod”, and it is an attractive one at that. In 1955 a Jag buyer could only dream about owning an XK 140 with this power, handling and braking, let alone a gearbox that had five speeds and synchromesh that actually worked. The mods make it a wonderful driver, and were appreciated by the Bonhams “Legends” bidders even at this below estimate result.

by Rick Carey
26 February 2021
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