1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe

1955 Jaguar XK 140 SE Coupe
Tom Gidden ©2015, courtesy of RM Sotheby’s

In October 1954, the Jaguar XK 120’s replacement was launched and given the name XK 140. The new car offered more interior space — a result of the engine being moved forward three inches — and more precise rack-and-pinion steering was fitted.

The fixed-head coupe iteration offered 2+2 seating. The standard engine produced 190 horsepower, whilst the Special Equipment (SE) version, with the C-type head, produced 210 horsepower and had a top speed in excess of 135 mph.

The XK 120 was lauded the world over and tremendously successful in motor racing, so it is no surprise that Jaguar decided to carry over the best elements of the 120 when introducing the XK 140. And so Jaguar offered the same three body styles as its predecessor: the drophead, the roadster (open two-seater), and the fixed-head coupe.

According to its JDHT certificate, the XK 140 SE fixed-head coupe presented here was originally finished in Birch Gray and exported to the United States in 1955. Today, the Jaguar shows 93,566 miles on its odometer and is finished in a stunning shade of dark blue with red leather hide.

It is in very nice condition. The car benefited from over €10,000 ($14,000) worth of mechanical renovation in 2014 to bring it up to its current standard. The car is fitted with Schroth seat belts, a fire extinguisher in the passenger’s footwell, a stop clock, and a battery isolator key. This XK 140 would be the perfect vehicle in which to enjoy historic endurance or regularity rallies around the globe.


Paul Hardiman

SCM Senior Auction Analyst

Paul is descended from engineers and horse thieves, so he naturally gravitated toward the old-car marketplace and still finds fascination in the simpler things in life: looking for spot-weld dimples under an E-type tail, or counting the head-studs on a supposed Mini-Cooper engine. His motoring heroes are Roger Clark, Burt Levy, Henry Royce and Smokey Yunick — and all he wants for next Christmas is an Alvis Stalwart complete with picnic table in the back and a lake big enough to play in.

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