1956 Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe

Wonderful Jaguar XK140 Drophead Coupe from 1956. Fresh out of 17 year ownership & Matching number example. A joy to drive!
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According to its Jaguar Heritage Trust Certificate, the car shown here was manufactured on 22 December in 1955 and dispatched on 22 February 1956 to Jaguar Cars in New York, USA. The car was originally finished in Black and the car retains its matching number engine.

In 2007, the car was exported to The Netherlands for the current Dutch owner. The well respected XK specialist de Jong then restored the car. Since its restoration, the car has been very well kept. The current owner has spent over 18.000,- Euro on maintenance. Most recently the car was serviced in December 2023.

Now available from its long term owner who even took the car to Japan for the Samurai Challenge rally! This superb XK 140 DHC still has its matching 3.4 litre double overhead camshaft inline-6 cilinder engine with 190 bhp @ 5500 rpm. Comes with invoices since 2007 and its Jaguar Heritage Trust Sheet.

Dutch registered and price is Euro 124.500,-.

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Model history

When the Jaguar XK120 was launched in 1948, it was unique. The new Jaguar sports car brought racing car performance to the road, yet it did so with a level of comfort and sophistication unknown in such a vehicle. The car was intended for limited production only to try out Jaguar’s new twin overhead camshaft engine, designated during design and development by the initials ‘XK’.

The pioneering XK120 was succeeded by the XK140 in 1954. By the time of the XK140’s introduction, the racing C-type Jaguars had won Le Mans twice, which created great publicity for the company. The XK140 retained the classic shape and became a more refined car. The XK140 was powered by the William Heynes designed 3.4 litre double overhead camshaft inline-6 engine with the Special Equipment modifications from the XK120. This resulted in an output of 190 bhp @ 5500 rpm.

The appeal of XK’s today is probably based on such intangibles as nostalgia and style, but they can be very practical cars. The performance, even by today’s standards, is highly respectable.

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